Donita M.

  Riverview Studio |  Member since 2017

gaining muscles and friends

I started my fitness Journey back in October 2017, for the 100th time it feels like. My fiancé at the time, and myself were trying to get in shape for our wedding in April 2018. Fast forward to December 2017 is when my OTF journey started -- I wanted to do something closer to home but continue with HITT training. At that time my fiancé' and I weren't at our best and I decided to join alone. It was the best experience I had ever had at a gym and the energy at OTF Riverview was amazing and still is. 

A few weeks later my fiancé and I decided to break things off and call off the wedding. It was the most devastating and heart-breaking experience, but something inside me told me that I needed to keep going because I had already lost 15 pounds and wanted to continue on my journey.

"The support and people I have met at Orangetheory Riverview are amazing."

They don't realize how much they have helped me with my confidence, self-worth, and have motivated me to be the best version of myself and keep pushing even when I don't want to. I could have easily fell back into that dark place and become more depressed, anxious, sad and gained back all the weight I lost. 

Over the past 3 months, since becoming a member, I have gained friendships that I cherish so dearly, and I’ve lost 30 pounds to this day since October. I am so proud of my accomplishments. I couldn't have done it without the awesome members and staff who have really become like a second family and home to me. The competitive side of me thrives on that energy so the heart rate monitor is like I'm competing with myself and my peers at the same time, it’s awesome!! I'm excited to see my results of this 8-week transformation challenge and look forward to continuing to better myself and rave about OTF to all my friends and family!