BLOG: Clark breaks through plateau

Ellyn Clark
Jul 6, 2010

This past week was a pretty good week.

On June 28, I got on the scale at the Northern Ohio Medical Fitness Center. There was much trepidation involved when stepping onto the scale that morning. As you know, if you've been following my blog, I've been in a three-month plateau.

When I weighed in June 21, I weighed 179. T.J. Temper, my personal trainer at NOMFC, seemed to think I could drop 3 pounds by the next weigh-in, which was the 28th. 

Guess what? HE WAS RIGHT! Woo Hoo!! I weighed in at 176.8. Granted those 8 ounces felt a bit intimidating, but 8 ounces can be sweated off during a workout. Heck a whole pound can be sweated off during a workout!

So July 5, I weighed in at home. The scale read 174.4! Well, we shall have to wait and see what it reads at NOMFC. The reading on the scale at NOMFC is the one I have to accept.

Ever since I began the FIT Challenge a concern of mine has been my heart. How well would it take an extended period of being at 150 beats per minute? My father has had four heart attacks; he's 72 years old. My paternal grandmother died of a heart attack, and my maternal grandmother had two heart attacks. Several years ago, I was diagnosed with a very slight heart murmur, so you can understand my concern.

Through the help of some very kind and generous people, I was able to have a stress test done June 30. 

The doctor said my heart is in phenomenal condition. He was so impressed by my physical condition that he said whatever T.J. is doing to me he should keep it up. 

I said, "speak for yourself doc!" But truly, I've never been in better shape in my life. Yes, yes, I've gotten to this point through a lot of sweat, tears and pain, not to mention some complaining, kicking and screaming, figuratively, of course. And you can be, too, just call NOMFC and ask for T.J.