Stephanie Deir
My name is Stephanie Deir, but everyone calls me Steph 🙂 I am 22-years-old, born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland.  My story goes a little like this...
I have always struggled with my weight. My first real memory of it was the summer before going into junior high, so I was only about 13-years-old.  All of my friends would be wearing shorts and t-shirts, and I'd be wearing jeans and a hoodie.  In August.  I was uncomfortable; trapped in a body that I hated, and it all came down to a poor diet and lack of exercise. From that young age, it was just a new fad diet after another, and this is how it went until I was about 21. I would find a program, lose weight, finish the program, and gain it back.  A constant yo-yo effect.
That was until June of 2013.  A friend, Gill Whelan finally got through to me. I saw through her all of the great things she and the team at Heavyweights Training Center were doing, and I was more than intrigued.  My family has a history of diabetes and heart problems.  Not only was I unhappy with how I looked, but it was time to take control of my health too. I was ready to be a part of something. I signed up for the next phase of 'Ripped in 42' and started that same month. I can't lie and say I wasn't one hundred percent scared that first day walking in to orientation, because I was!  All of that soon faded once I realized that this talk of "family" that everyone spoke about was exactly that. I didn't feel the slightest bit uncomfortable after a while, and the sense of support and genuine concern for your success was amazing.
Now, Heavyweights is home. Since joining, I have made some of the best friends you can imagine.   I've gained confidence that I would have never thought possible, and I've taken control of my life and my health.  I'm 40 pounds lighter and one hundred percent happier. Since joining 'Ripped' back in June, I completed the 'Ripped Returners' program along with 'Built in 42.'  I've also tried pretty much everything else as well!  I just can't get enough. 🙂
Now I get to call my happy place also my work place. Working the front desk is always fun! Getting to greet everyone at the door and help in any way I can is something I look forward to every day. No other job would I look forward to being there for 6am, that's for sure, and sometimes it's hard to get me out of there. I love that we are a family, I love that I call HWTC home. It really has changed my life 🙂