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I am very grateful to have a facility like Summit in Pecatonica. Everyone is friendly, encouraging and helpful! When I started at Summit 1 ½ years ago I was walking with a cane (I have secondary progressive MS). I was lucky to be able to walk the treadmill for half an hour. Then one of the instructors encouraged me to try an aerobics class. I really did not think I could do it, but I did it – not perfectly, but I did it. Then I started to do more classes. Another instructor showed me various exercises I could do that helped my balance issues and strengthened my core. Now I am running (first time in about 20 years). I have been running in local 5K races and placing! Is it hard? YES!!! My muscles tend to atropy and spasm very quickly – every day is like starting from scratch. But my endurance and stamina has improved immeasurably plus my stability has really improved. I have not used my cane for about 6 months. Plus, the other bonus – losing weight. I have lost about 60 pounds since I have been with Summit. This for me is a lifestyle change. I have to stay active and muscularly fit because I know as my MS progresses it does rob me of some of my lifestyle. I plan to keep active as long as possible. If I can do it – so can you! Get up – and just do it!!!”

-Pam J.

I have Lupus and because of that I was always tired. I knew I had to do something to improve
my energy and to lose weight and finally in the middle of February 2012 I had my "Ah ha"
moment and decided it was time. Thank goodness Summit was here in Pecatonica or I may
never have taken that first step.

When I started coming to Summit, I could only walk for 5 minutes at 2 miles per hour before I
had to stop and rest. Now I do a mile in under 15 minutes - running part of the time at 5 miles
per hour! I can hardly believe the difference….

Because of my Lupus, I started very slowly. I had to work on building my stamina and strength.
For me, if I overdo and get too tired I will be down for days - so slow and steady was the plan.
I walked twice a day - before and after work. I also worked a little bit on the machines. After
a couple of weeks, I felt I was ready to work with a trainer. I started working with Beth for
30 minutes twice a week. It was so hard but after 6 weeks, Beth said I was ready to increase
my time so we went for 45 minutes twice a week. In September I started working with her for
one hour twice a week. Is it hard? Yes!!! But I can do so much now that I would never have
believed I would ever be able to do. In fact when I do a new exercise Beth often reminds me
that I would not have been able to do that exercise when I first started. She pushes me and I
love her for it.

Not only am I stronger but I have lost almost 90 pounds. I still have a ways to go but if you
had told me back nine months ago that I would be where I am and able to do what I can do - I
would not have believed you. I still work out twice a day most days and I keep pushing myself.
No one else is going to get this done for me and no one else is going to get this done for you so
please come down and join us.

My time at Summit has been incredible. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has been welcoming,
kind and encouraging. I have never been made to feel uncomfortable by anyone - employee or
member. It is a great place and we are lucky to have it here in our little town.

Lori C.