If you had told me six months ago that I would be talking about my health and fitness in a positive way, I would have laughed you out of the room. I am a 37-year-old attorney and real estate agent, and I’ll testify that I’ve never been athletic as an adult.

Over the years, I have had a few personal trainers and have abided by my own workout regimen for periods of time. Like most people, I didn’t “love” those types of workouts, so they didn’t stick around. I credit my friend, Beth, with introducing me to the thing that has turned my health around.

She invited me to join her at a Pilates class at Club Pilates. It only took one session to convince me to sign up for the unlimited monthly membership. I have been going almost every day since—sometimes even sticking around for a second class. The results have been incredible. This has truly changed my life, and I can say without a doubt I am hooked.

They say being healthy is 80% diet. So, I have to admit I love all things food in Memphis. If had been more restrictive, my results might have come faster. However, if I can get in shape without giving up the occasional Central BBQ or Jack Pirtle’s fried chicken, then that is my best bet. Health is a journey, not a race. Finding a lifestyle I can commit to long-term is the main goal.

Pilates is my answer. Although my strength and ability have increased, the most exciting part has been the visual results. When I started I was wearing a 38DD bra and buckling my belt on the last notch. Six months later, I am down to a 34DDD and have reduced my waist by four inches—and am by no means done yet!

It’s not just about my size though, I also drastically reduced my anxiety and have had fewer trips to the chiropractor. At one point I was there three times a week! That much pain can be daunting and make you lose hope that there’s a way out. Through Pilates, the strength in my neck and back have improved, and the stiffness that I get occasionally is greatly eased by Pilates. Having been through physical therapy, I love that many of the exercises carry over into Pilates.

I truly grateful for the instructors at Club Pilates. They are all very knowledgeable and motivating without being intimidating with their incredible strength. I would not be where I am today without them. The judgment-free zone and encouraging atmosphere was a key part of being able to feel comfortable as a beginner.

My hope is that you can take my example to help you find what works for you. I found Pilates on a whim. You never know where you will discover that “thing” that turns your health around, so say “Yes!” to the opportunities comes your way.

-By Claire Gold