Learn how our incredible Lucille Roberts Astoria member Daniella P. lost weight and changed her life!
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? (Where you’re from, your favorite hobbies,)
I’m 18 years old and currently attending Pace University. I’m from Queens, NY but spend most of my time in Manhattan! I really just love walking around the city, either with friends or alone. You learn to appreciate things more when you do that. I’ve developed a new hobby now though, working out! When I’m not working out, I spend most of my time discovering new music on Spotify and hanging out with my friends!
- What made you decide to join Lucille Roberts?
I joined Lucille Roberts because I wasn’t satisfied with myself. I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin and I’d find myself looking in the mirror and slowly shaking my head because that wasn’t what I was supposed to look like in my eyes. Most importantly, I wanted a change. I went to doctors and nutritionists and none of them seemed able to help. It kind of felt like I was just another patient and they didn’t care whether or not their methods worked because they were getting paid regardless. Actually, it was like that. Then I found Andrea, she’s amazing!
- Tell us about your experience using personal training at Lucille Roberts.
My first impression of personal training was “oh my god… this is gonna be like the movies… she’s gonna yell at me and embarrass me and make me do push-ups while sitting on my back!” I have never been more wrong about something in my entire life. Personal Training is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Andrea always made sure that I not only followed the workouts, but cut back on my diet and ate recommended amounts. She showed genuine concern for me and that definitely made the experience even better. Every time she’d take my measurements and there was a decrease in numbers, she was just as excited as I was. On this weight loss journey your trainer is definitely your #1 supporter. Yes, she pushed me to do my best but also became my friend along the way. Every time people ask me how I’ve lost so much weight, I say she’s my holy grail.
- What was the first big difference, other than the number on the scale, that really made you feel proud and excited?
It was actually a pretty funny occurrence. I had to attend an orientation and be out with a group of people. We all met and exchanged numbers etc., about 3-4 months later, I ran into one of the girls in the group again. She stopped me and grabbed my arm and said “I’m sorry but… I really feel like I know you. Have we ever met before?” Without another word I showed her a picture of mine from a few months ago and she gasped and said “IS THAT YOU?! I didn’t even recognize you!” Needless to say I felt pretty confident and satisfied the rest of the day. Plus, now my clothes are cuter!
- What advice do you have for women who are trying to lose weight and meet their fitness goals?
My advice for women in a similar position would be to sit down and think about this. Evaluate WHO you’re doing this for. Don’t do this for your family, your boyfriend, girlfriend, or friends. Do this for YOU. You should be your first priority. Don’t establish a fitness goal in order to fit into society. Establish a fitness goal in order to feel comfortable in your own skin. Your body’s your home, it’s important to love it. As cliché as it sounds, don’t give up. There were days where I saw a negative result on the scale. It made me feel like I was wasting my time, that I’ll never make a change and it ruined my entire day. I took that negative energy and said, “You know what? I’m going to kick my own butt in the gym today and show that stupid scale that I dominate it, and it doesn’t dominate me.” It may take some time, but you’ll love yourself a little more each day. You’ll be proud of yourself and be amazed at what you can do. Always remember you’re with it and you can do anything.