ReinVENT Yourself: Sheila Moffre

Something changed after I lost weight, I got confidence in myself and was able to take life distractions, push them aside and keep my focus on my goals.

Sheila Moffre hit a milestone in her health and fitness journey this month: she’s lost 100 pounds. By losing weight she gained something along the way: the confidence to believe in herself

When I was little I was always overweight. I was the chubby kid in school. After my son was born in 2001, my mindset changed to getting healthy. I was struggling with walking up the stairs and carrying him around. I realized I had a little boy and wanted to be able to do things with him. He was my inspiration from day one. I wanted to be the best mother for him. That my goal in the beginning, I was going to change my life for him.

Like many in the ‘100 Club’, the journey to hitting a weight loss goal requires dedication over a long period of time

When I first decided to change I was almost at 300 pounds. I have been a member since VENT was Gold’s. Having a membership kept me motivated even when I would take months off, I had a reason to comeback. In the beginning, I did not feel prepared to just jump right in. I started with my diet initially losing 50 pounds by eating better. I ate less of the “bad food,” I still drank soda and ate poorly but did it in moderation.

I was so self-conscious as a new member. I would force myself to go to the gym. It was very hard for me in the beginning. I always struggled with the mental block of my physical appearance. On top of how I felt about myself, I was alone: I didn’t know anyone who worked out in my old lifestyle, I didn’t have fit friends. My motivation was my son and the little voice in my head that kept saying, “I had to do it.” Once I started seeing a change in my weight, I overcame my doubts and started prepping myself for exercise.

I also didn’t know how to work out, I spent my time on the treadmill and the elliptical machine. Plus, I was super shy, the idea of taking a group class took time. When I see people in the same place I was in back then, I want to reach out to them and talk to them. Especially women that I can relate too. I want to tell them that they have support here at VENT to feel comfortable and do more.

It took time but I was able to overcome my fears. I started asking questions, I started looking for more than the same routine. When I first joined I felt like I needed to know someone to workout, I was so self-conscious and it took time for me to open up – at VENT. Outside of the club, I can talk to anyone! Seeing stories similar to mine helped me break away my shyness. The more I was comfortable with myself, the more I opened up to other members.

I started opening up once I saw changes in myself. I put myself in uncomfortable situations on purpose. I signed up for a BodyCombat group exercise class in Clifton Park. I walked into the MOVE studio and saw all of these people getting setup for class. I walked up to the instructor and introduced myself as the “new kid.” I told her, “If I’m struggling it’s because I don’t know what I’m doing!” She helped me get set up and made me feel welcome.

When I started group exercise classes I didn’t workout consistently, I need to gain confidence after each class. I always tucked myself away in the back corner, avoiding the regulars. Now I love when new people come to class, I always introduce myself and make sure they feel welcome coming in. All of us do it! We’re a community in Clifton Park, we have connections and we go out of our way to talk to each other.

Over the course of ten years, Sheila changed her life and became the person she once thought she could never be

I never thought I would be a Level III member at VENT Fitness. I would watch a small group of people walk workout with a trainer in amazement. The energy, the teamwork – it’s amazing to see them work together, pushing each other through the exercises. I’ve always loved variety and challenging myself. The NXT Sessions I once watched as an outside are awesome as a Level III member! I’m pushed every time I check-in. I love STRIKE. I love boxing. I was so excited to take my first session. Anyone at any level can do these sessions, it’s your workout and the trainers help you modify the exercises to make them as hard or light as you like.

A successful goal plan includes a set of realistic checkpoints. Now that Sheila has achieved her “lose 100 pounds goal,” what’s next?

I’ve lost 100 pounds. I want to be fit and strong. I used to have a number and size in my head. My goal now is to be strong. I want to be able to do the Challenges, take the sessions and push myself. I still can’t believe that I can run for five miles without stopping, that I’m signing up for events like the Ragnar because I CAN. I physically able to do it and I am! I am so motivated right now, I want to win the Fall ReinVENT Challenge! I’m telling everyone that I’m going to win it!

Written by: Michael Arce, VENT Fitness, Marketing Manager