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Theresa Purcell and Defining Success

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Mark asked me to write a paragraph about my “success” and journey as a new client. I thought, ok, when I feel successful, I will. Tuesday was the first day I was able forego additional band assistance on the chin up machine. No one other than Mark seemed to notice. But it brought a big smile to my face. A small success, but success none the less and it goes much further.

When things get out of control in my life, the first thing I usually give up is my work out routines.  I have gained 30 lbs over the past year.  To say that my life has been out of control, is an understatement. Over the past year and a half, out of nowhere and without warning, my husband and my baby girl developed Crohns; my son has been going through a nasty divorce; my oldest daughter developed endometrial cancer, has undergone a hysterectomy, chemo, and radiation; and then a lump in her breast was recently discovered. Lastly, my step daughter, at the age of 38, passed away this past January from liver failure leaving behind her 5 young children.  My thriving, healthy, family… all of a sudden I was hit with not one, but a multitude of health and life, issues.

In addition to working fulltime, I am in school studying for my BSN in nursing. The amount of stress is something that I cannot put into words.  More than once, I have considered dropping out of both school and MM Team Fitness. Through Marks encouragement, I continue to show up, and have been showing up, missing a session when I absolutely have to.  Given my track record of ditching workouts when the going gets tough, I would have to say that my continued attendance is my real success story.

MM Team Fitness has a true passion for seeing their clients achieve success, and their passion has helped me to stay focused on what I need to do to become a healthier person.  The fact that I am no longer in need of “bands” on the pull up machine is a small success compared to others around me, but shows what can happen with consistency.  As far as offering advice to others, just keep coming, AND “know your limitations!” Just one of MM Team Fitness mantras! When I first started, I thought if I worked harder, things would happen faster. The result of this was a knee injury and a great deal of pain. Ice, motrin, rest and eventually injections finally got me back to feeling normal again.  Start out within your limits, stay consistent, and don’t rush things…. It will happen.

Oh yeah, I've lost weight and feel better too!




  • Danae Wassinger
    Danae Wassinger Thursday, 11 April 2013

    Keep it going Theresa!!! You are an inspiration to everyone and yes those small moments when you light up cause you've accomplished something so minimal to everyone but yet so big to you, are one of the greatest moments that are to be treasured.

  • Robin Carlton
    Robin Carlton Friday, 12 April 2013

    WOW! theresa, you inspire me! thanks for sharing your story!

  • Guest
    Lisa Friday, 12 April 2013

    I think pullups on machine without a band is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations.

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