If anyone could be a professional motivator it would be this month’s Member of the Month Jamie De Geer.
She is the epitome of dedication and inspiration. “About four years ago, I decided to take charge of my health and my life,” she said. At that time she had been trying to get healthy and lose weight for years, but she remembers it really clicking a few years ago. She resolved to come to The Pointe every day, and she did. Soon, she was on sabbatical and chose to come to The Pointe twice a day. A year into this new commitment, she had lost 130 pounds.
She’s known she needed to lose weight most of her life and over the last 15 years has lost about 200 pounds. But in the last four years, she truly devoted herself to both diet and exercise instead of one over the other. “The combination,” she says, “is phenomenal.”
To someone who’s struggling to get started, seeing Jamie’s results can be intimidating. But her powerful advice is to “start where you are.” If all you can do is 15 minutes on a bike, then do that. Slowly add five minutes, then another five minutes, and so on. “Take it one day at a time, one step at a time.” Having a place to work out close to home is an important part of following through with your intentions. If it’s a challenge to even get to the gym, it’s likely you won’t stick to your goals. Jamie knows this to be true and enjoys living close to The Pointe. “I will never move far away from this place, it was life saving for me,” she said.
To Jamie, one of the best parts about The Pointe is the people. “I never feel intimidated. Wherever you are in the journey, you will feel comfortable here. It’s a very welcoming place.” Jamie said The Pointe staff and other members have played a key role in her progress over the years. “People here are so friendly. Many would recognize the progress I was making and encourage me each time I came. It’s been really important to me to have developed those relationships here. My trainer Georgette has also helped to keep me on track. She’s fantastic.”
Jamie enjoys reading and going to plays, movies, and concerts with her husband Marcus who has been a great support and frequent exercise buddy. Together they have six children. “I really like in the evenings seeing families come here together. When I was growing up my family didn’t put an emphasis on exercise, so I grew up in an overweight family, and that’s just who I was. Even when I was raising my own kids, we didn’t make exercise important enough. So I really encourage families to get their kids here. It’s the only way to be healthy,” she said.
Jamie has been the Director of Music Ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for 18 years. But who knows, maybe someday she will be a professional motivator. After spending just a few minutes with her, we’re certain you’ll see it’d be a natural fit for her.
Congratulations on being named The Pointe’s Member of the Month, Jamie. Your daily dedication and goal for constant improvement is inspiring to say the least. Thank you for choosing The Pointe and willingly sharing your story which will surely impact many people.
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