My name is Alicia Shepherd and I have been a member of JAC since July 2022. I started my health journey in April 2022 when I needed to do something to control my depression, anxiety and weight which was taking control of me. It was what my youngest son said: “Mommy, I don’t think you are going to fit through the door anymore, and I want to be able to play with you” when my mindset decided to start changing my food choices and healthier habits. Once I started to eat healthy and gain energy, I took the leap to join JAC where I met some amazing trainers who made me push myself and feel comfortable in my own body. Steve is my personal trainer who has stuck by me since I started and continues to encourage me. Nolan has taken the time after classes to talk with me and help me out with proper stretching due to back issues. All the trainers are amazing to work with and I can’t say that one over the other is my favorite as they all are amazing. Putting myself first for once has been the best decision of my life. Not only have I lost 102 pounds and gained a healthy mindset, but I can also keep up with my boys, my depression and mental health is 100% better now that I have taken my life back. I finally feel like myself again.