A fun loving nature and the ‘never quit attitude’ don't always go hand in hand. But Susan Bock, 2009 Anytime Fitness National Success Story and 2011 2i award winner, balances her life today with a serious commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.
How long have you been a member of Anytime Fitness?
I’ve been a member since March 2008.
What was your reason for joining?
To lose weight and get healthy.
What was your breaking point?
It is hard to pin point one specific point. Several things happened in a fairly short period of time, starting with a fall in my home to getting size 6X clothes in the mail and them being too tight to wear. This lead me to realize I was dying. What was worse was I was dying from something that only I could fix. No one could do it for me. Then there were my parents. If there was anything I could give them in this life time, it would be the peace of mind that I was OK. I was able to do that before my father passed away July 2010.
What was your first workout like?
It was pretty limited as I was too big to “fit” on a lot of the machines. I started out at 1.5 mph on the treadmill hanging on for dear life. I could only last for about 15 minutes. I couldn’t even do the elliptical for 10 seconds. I got a personal trainer within the first week which was the best thing I could ever have done. Within 10 days, I knew I was going to make it!
How about your diet, how did you adjust it?
I learned early on that if I didn’t eat healthy, I did not have the energy for the gym. So my food choices changed pretty naturally. One major adjustment I made though was my alcohol consumption. I pretty much stopped drinking totally for the first 2 years. Alcohol was my way of self medicating to ease the pain I was in both physically and mentally. Now, exercise is my medicine.
If you were to categorize yourself, would you be a ‘gym-rat’ or ‘in and out’:
Oh, definitely a gym rat!! The gym is my home away from home!
Number one reason you take care of yourself?
I love being healthy, happy, and strong, which I can say now that I am. This change in my life wasn’t a second chance for me. It was a “last” chance. I don’t intend to waste it.
What is a typical workout look like now?
A typical workout now is 60-90 minutes of cardio and strength. I now do jog intervals on the treadmill.
What is your favorite healthy snack?
Peanut butter and celery. (really!)
What is your current obsession?
Trying on clothes! Being able to find clothes on the rack is such an adventure for me. I can spend hours just trying on clothes.
What is your favorite city?
I honestly can’t say I have a favorite yet. I recently was in Washington DC which was amazing. I was also in Minneapolis MN. What a beautiful city! I also love where I live which is Loveland, CO.
If you could learn anything, what would it be?
I would love to learn to play the piano. My grandmother started to teach me when I was 12, but we didn’t have a piano at my home.
If you had a time machine, where would you go?
I would not want to go anywhere but where I am at now. My life is such an adventure, why would I want to change that!
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Ruby. I didn’t watch her documentary of her weight loss journey consistently, but the times I did see it, I thought “Wow!” It was like watching myself in a lot of ways. She isn’t giving up and neither am I!
Susan Bock at the 2011 Anytime Fitness conference getting an Anytime Health tattoo.
The first woman to get an Anytime Health tattoo.
11/18/2011 at 10:37 AM