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Natalie Lykins

Age: 35

Occupation: Occupational therapist at Columbus Regional Hospital

Residence: Columbus

Family: Husband, Jason; children, Jayna 6, and Leanna, 3.

Where do you work out?

Tipton Lakes Athletic Club

How many hours a week do you work out?

I exercise 30 to 60 minutes, five times a week.

Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:

Whatever Ian McGriff (my trainer) tells me to do. Seriously! The main focus is on functional movement patterns with a combo of endurance and strengthening.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I was always really active throughout high school and college, but I fell out of my fitness routine when I had my children. I started gaining weight. When I was almost nine months pregnant with my second child, I stepped off a curb and broke my leg. After you break your leg, there is a huge fear of it happening again. It hurt to run or do anything, so I just didn’t do anything.

In February 2011, a friend of mine suggested that I try training. I thought there was nothing to lose but weight.

Why is it something you have stuck with?

It has been a definite journey. At first it was fat loss and being able to fit into old clothes … and new ones. But now it has turned into something that makes me feel good about myself. I’ve gotten my competitive spirit back to push myself and strive toward new things.

How do you make time to work out?

I treat it like an appointment. When I look back and think about how much time I dedicate toward important things in my life, I realize 30 minutes to an hour a few times a week is something I need to dedicate to myself and my health.

What benefits have you noticed?

I lost 23 pounds, most of it within the first 10 weeks. After that, my weight stayed the same, but I continued to lose pants sizes. I now have muscle definition where I didn’t before.

Do you listen to music while you work out?

I listen to whatever is playing in the gym. Anything with a good beat that I can keep rhythm to, I like.

Do you follow a special diet?

I make sure I drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. I cheat every day. I am a person that, if I crave something, I will think about it constantly … then overeat it if I deprive myself. If I want something, I have it in smaller doses. If I overdo, I know what I need to do to get back on track.

Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?

My happiest and proudest moment was one day when I was doing intervals on the treadmill and I realized that it didn’t hurt. I could run again without pain. I thought after I broke my leg it was pointless to even try. But it happened.

What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?

I make myself work out for 10 minutes. If I still hate what I am doing and the motivation doesn’t come, I tell myself that I can leave. But so far, that hasn’t happened. Working out with others is a huge benefit because they will ask where you were and expect you to be there the next day.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?

Start small. If you make a whole lot of changes in the beginning, you will fail. Small changes do give you results, then it motivates you to do the next change. Join a group or get a trainer — someone to expect you to be there and keep you accountable.

— Staff Report

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