Monday, February 17, 2014

Meet a Member - Arianna P, winner of our 6 Month Membership Giveaway!

Original entry essay:
I am a 30-year-old stuck in an 80-year-old's body. I've been a "big girl" almost my whole life, but haven't really felt the effects until after recovering from pneumonia, a two-week coma, and physical rehabilitation in July 2011. Ever since then, my weight, pain, and ailments have increased to the point where it hurts to do anything. My quality of life frankly sucks. The four most problematic health issues I have are severe obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis in my knees (and potentially other joints), and chronic back pain and fatigue. These could be greatly helped or go away altogether if I lost weight.
Despite working full time, I also go to graduate school full time. My finances do not allow me to pay for a gym membership or trainer. I sorely need an expert's help to lose weight the right way and keep it off. I need to lose weight. So I can live, not just exist. 

First Impressions of Square One - Week 1:
Hi all you people out there! It's been one week since I started from square one at Square 1 Club. It's been scary, crazy, wonderful, tiring, inspiring, energizing... Phew! Last Monday, I was super excited to find the place. I pull up to the building and was a little surprised. It wasn't what I expected to see. I thought Square 1 was like a "regular"club or fitness center: rows of equipment and people just doing their own thing. I sat in my car for a minute, all of a sudden nervous and scared to go in. "What am I doing here? They're gonna know I'm a phony, totally out of shape..." all those kind of self-depreciating talk. But then that voice kicked in and said, "Get your butt out of this car right now!" And boy, am I glad I did! After filling out paperwork and touring the club, everyone lovingly talked me into working out. I had to take a break about every 5 minutes, but I finished that first workout and felt good. My back was killing me, but I felt good. Wednesday was workout #2 and it was just as wonderful as the first. The best, hands-down BEST thing about Square 1 is the people. All of the beautiful, wonderful, caring, hard-working, just ahh! There aren't enough positive adjectives to describe all the people of size at Square 1. Even on those days (a little like today) when I don't want to come in because I'm tired, people like Keshia, Kerri, Karen, Marty, and Becca, just to name a few, will keep me coming back.
Want to know more about Square One? Check us out at or give us a call at 402-333-0706. You can also find us on Facebook at .

Want to know more about Arianna? Follow along with her weekly blog posts here at the Square One blog! 

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