Kelli Irwin: Personal Trainer(CanFit Pro Certified, Zumba Instructor, Ageless Grace Educator, First Aid, CPR/AED)
Kelli moved to Georgetown in 2000; with the exception of two-years in Spain, she calls Georgetown home. After working in the corporate world for many years, she decided to turn her hand to something about which she was far more passionate. Her personal weight loss success story is losing 85 pounds and keeping it off for more than 15 years. Realizing that in corporate, her inbox would always be full and she would not be helping anyone, she decided to help people feel better, live longer, be more active in their children’s lives and have greater vitality!
Kelli is trained in Ageless Grace which is comprised of 21 simple tools for lifelong comfort and ease. The tools are pre-existing ideas that have been rolled into one all-encompassing package. The movements help you think and react quickly, focusing on both balance and cognitive function, which wane as we age. Anti-aging exercises almost anyone can do and it’s never too late to begin – it’s never too early to start!
Kelli’s Weight Loss Story
Kelli lost 85 pounds on her own and has kept the weight off for over 15 years. She is Canfitpro certified, a Zumba instructor, Ageless Grace educator and has her Spanish fluency certification; in case you would like to have your session in Spanish.
I had been heavy from my early teenage years and onward. My mom had always struggled with her weight; I think initially, I just assumed that I would befall the same fate. As the years went on, I became heavier and heavier. I tried many different options, none of which worked. Of course, when we fail to lose weight, we become discouraged.
Exercise and Workout Buddy
I mustered up the motivation to try it yet again. It came down to dedication and determination. I exercised every day for two years straight. I used to work in the corporate world and would perform some of my core exercises and then power-walk/jog on my coffee and lunch breaks.
It’s hard to lose weight; but it is possible with dedication and determination. It helps to have a workout buddy. That way you know that you are going to meet up with a friend and do it together. At the very least, engage your family and friends, to encourage you to persevere, even when you are fatigued and wanting to eat junk. For me, once I started really seeing/feeling the results, that was a huge help with the motivation.
The Importance of Diet
Diet is also an essential component! I cut out all processed foods and I began eating clean. I don’t drink pop or juice. The only sugary beverage I drink is tea. I had avoided any type of snack food or dessert for more than two years. How much you eat is equally as important as what you eat. Every time you go out to dinner, there is usually the trouble of portion distortion. I found that to be very difficult for me and would often ask for a take-out container and put it off to the side. Out of sight and out of mind. I love food and enjoy eating it! So, if I get portion distortion, then I will eat far more than I need to, simply because it taste good.
Eating clean, home-cooked meal’s and packing my own lunches has made a big difference. Planning ahead for when I will be hungry, to ensure that I have a healthy snack to tide me over. Since making these changes in my life, I have much more energy and feel better!