Client Story: Strength, Loss, and Finding the Real Me

Strength Loss, and Finding the Real Me

Every now and then we like to let our amazing clients tell their story, in their own words. Here’s Cindy Creelman on how she found a way to cope with stress, sadness, and anger after some major life challenges.

Strength Loss, and Finding the Real Me

Ten years ago I was in the best shape I’d ever been. I was doing a boot camp and running a total of five days a week. Then my mother was diagnosed with gioblastoma and died within a month. I was devastated. I lost interest in everything. I was angry and sad. And not long after, my marriage started to fail. Unlike my mother, my marriage took years to die.

I kept up with the boot camp, but my heart wasn’t in it anymore. My attendance got spottier. Then I started a boxing class twice a week at the Charles Houston Rec Center. I got hooked on boxing and gave up boot camp. Two days weren’t enough, so I kept searching for something to add in. I started following Alexandria Stylebook and Fitness on the Run caught my eye. Unfortunately, at the time, FOR’s classes didn’t align with my schedule. But I kept watching them. Finally, about two years ago, FOR started offering early morning and evening classes – just what I needed. So, I signed up. Then a few months later, I started taking a yoga class.

Strength Loss, and Finding the Real Me

My workout regimen had come together, and just in the nick of time because my father died that fall and my marriage was on its last legs. The boxing, FOR, and yoga all gave me something positive in my life and helped me cope with the stress, anger, and sadness that I bounced between daily.

Strength Loss, and Finding the Real Me

Then, almost inadvertently, I started to change my diet. No big changes, but significant ones. I stopped drinking soda and eating processed meats. I made healthy dinners and brought lunches to work as often as I could. I cut out low-fat and fat-free products and tried to eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day. I don’t always succeed with healthy eating, and I do love a cocktail and pizza, but that’s what weekends are for.

I also stopped looking at other people and feeling bad about what I couldn’t do. Now I look to other people for inspiration.

Strength Loss, and Finding the Real Me

None of these changes individually was big or difficult, but together they were huge. Over time, my body started to change and now I’m in the best shape of my life. I have visible muscle definition and passed all my physicals with flying colors. My doctors tell me that I am the ideal patient and to keep doing what I’ve been doing.

Strength Loss, and Finding the Real Me

I feel great every day, and I enjoy every workout – even the hard ones. The personal training and classes at FOR are not just great workouts, they’re fun. I’ve gotten so many more benefits from working out than just physical strength. I have made friends at FOR, in boxing class, and at yoga. All of these have made a monumental difference in my life and helped me face some of the most difficult challenges of my life.

Strength Loss, and Finding the Real Me

I may never be the best, or the fastest, or the most flexible, or the strongest. But I can be the best, fastest, most flexible, and strongest for me.


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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home. Today, “FOR” is home to more than 250 clients, 11 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. She is passionate about helping others view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success has evolved from a rigid training plan of a 4-5 workouts per week. Now, she believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results — even if its only five minutes a day. She works daily to help clients understand the three most vital component of a effective fitness program are consistency, sustainability, and fun. Adrien believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and our health and that change is always within reach. She lives a clean lifestyle, insists on getting sufficient quality sleep, and finds ways to manage her stress, typically through dancing with her kids nightly.

Fitness on the Run is Fitness for Life. Combining a focus on strong bodies and strong minds with a robust wellness education program and unparalleled personalized attention, we provide fitness for health, longevity and functionality.

Fitness on the Run
210 N Lee St.,
Alexandria, VA 22314

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