SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Like many of us, Jane Fitter-Schoenfeld struggled with her weight. She yo-yoed - losing 70, then gaining 80.
"I went up and down, and had excuses that I didn't have time," said Fitter-Schoenfeld, who decided three and a half years ago that it was 'finally time to make time.'
"I was determined," said Fitter-Schoenfeld, who joined Fit to Be Fab, a women's only gym located at 445 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. "I like that it is small, it's not intimidating, and there is personalized attention here. I also felt that it was worth the price."
The mother of three felt that at a women's only gym, "you don't have to worry about what you look like" and felt comfortable that there were other heavy women. "Not everyone is a size 2 here. People are all different sizes and ages."
Fitter-Schoenfeld, who owns a gourmet catering business called Maggie Cooks in Westfield, admits that she could barely do a sit-up when she first started.
"It was embarrassing, but I was determined," said Fitter-Schoenfeld, who has lost 63 lbs. at Fit to Be Fab. "I have three children and I want to have grandkids. I'd like to be fit (and fab) to take care of them."
Her four-time per week workout routine consists of personal training with weights and other equipment for the first half-hour, followed by cardio (either on treadmill or elliptical trainer). She found that another helpful thing Fit to Be Fab suggests is keeping a journal. By using an app she entered how much weight she wants to lose. It tells her how many calories she can eat.
On your own, it's easy to lose track doing things like finishing your children's food.
"My advice to someone just starting is to get outside an walk. Begin journaling. Then, when you are ready and gain some confidence, move onto a studio," Fitter-Schoenfeld said. "You can't be the best for your family unless you make yourself better first. It's important to take that first step, no matter how hard it is for you. You'll feel better after you did it."
Alla Wexler, owner of Fit to Be Fab, made Fitter-Schoenfeld the poster girl for her latest mailer.
"Jane's initial progress was slow. Sometimes people give up, but not Jane," Wexler said. "She was mentally committed fully enough to push hard. After a while, something clicked. She embraced working out and eating right. It takes time and perseverance. She's now our 'biggest loser’."