Mrs. Vermont: Health and Fitness with a Crown

“In 2007 I was crowned Mrs. Vermont America for the first time. Eight weeks before the National Mrs. America pageant I underwent a radical hysterectomy which threw my 33 year old body into menopause. In the years that followed, I found that pretty much everything I knew about my body, the way I could eat and burn fat had changed, and in the process I had gained 81 pounds.

Finding the drive to get back into shape was a group effort which started in the fall of 2014 with my best friend telling me about the JumpStart program at RVC. My wife and I signed up and that’s when it all began. The class was instructed by Jake Adams and it helped me to get motivated and moving again.

I suffered a strained ankle in early 2015 and needed to work on my stability, so I turned to Movement Training Specialist Ralph Regione, who focused on my balance, core, and specific exercises to strengthen my ankle.

While working with Ralph, we talked about my pageant experience and he asked if I would ever do it again. I told him there was no way, to which he said “well, why not?” Great question Ralph…why not! I decided to go for it.

I knew that to win the State pageant (which was fast approaching in February) I would have to lose the first 25 pounds. I worked with my doctor to build an eating plan that worked for my body. After some testing, we found that my body was in adrenal fatigue and my metabolism had stopped working. The Fast Metabolism Diet was the answer.

Along with the new eating plan and jump-starting my metabolism, I did specific workouts for different days. Monday and Tuesday were strict, hard cardio, Wednesday and Thursday were weights, and then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were my yoga and stretching days.

The first 25 pounds came off… and the crown went on my head! Ralph was one of the first people I told because, “why not?” indeed! With six months until the National Mrs. America Pageant in Las Vegas on August 27, I turned to the amazing team at the Club to keep me motivated and accountable.

Everyone was so supportive, from the trainers on the fitness floor to the Spa and Salon staff getting me polished, cut, and colored before the pageant. I was down 46 pounds and ready to go!

Although I didn’t bring home the big crown (congratulations to Mrs. Washington!), I had an amazing time representing Vermont on the National stage. Thank you to the great team at RVC for having my back through the whole process, and for teaching me that it’s never too late to ask “why not?”

Alanna Mayer

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