Amy J.

smiling again

I found Orangetheory in the Spring of 2016. I was standing up in yet another wedding and found myself disgusted with the reflection looking back at me in the mirror. I was at my heaviest in my life and it showed. I hated the way I looked, and it showed in my personality. I had sunken into a deep depression and really lost who I was. The unhappiness was overwhelming. I didn’t want to go out, relationships with family members and friends were strained, my unhappiness showed at work, and life just wasn’t great. I never smiled. More importantly, I had become the cliché “overweight” police officer. My physical fitness, or lack there-of, could potentially cost me my life! 

That Spring I decided that enough was enough and decided to take my life back. A friend of my sister told me about Orangetheory Fitness. One class and I was HOOKED. 

"Here I am, 2 whole years later. I have lost around 40 pounds and 2 sizes. But what I have gained back- my CONFIDENCE, my SMILE, and MY LIFE- is what matters most." 

Joining Orangetheory Fitness is one of the best decisions of my life. OTF is a family. When the scale wasn’t moving, and I was losing motivation, my coaches, OTF staff, and fellow classmates were my strength. They were right there cheering me on and telling me not to give up and that they all believed in me! And finally, for the first time in many, many years, I finally believe in myself again. 

Getting this confidence back gave me the guts to finally move back to the city where I grew up. I joined another studio in my new location (Lakeview, Chicago) and it is just as amazing as my original studio (Schaumburg, IL). Living in the city is adding to the happiness I finally got back through feeling good about myself again. Before Orange, I never even wanted to go out because I hated the way I looked. Now you can’t keep me at home! I have made a new circle of amazing friends and will be competing in my first triathlon this summer with them. 

It feels good to like the reflection I see in the mirror again. It feels good to have confidence in myself again. But mostly, it feels good to SMILE again. 

Thank you, Orangetheory Fitness – you have brought me back to life.