Rhonda Dennis wanted to get healthier. So she changed her diet and added in exercise.

Now she’s down 20 pounds and hits the gym six days a week.

The Papillion woman also hopes to set an example for her two children. Dennis brings her kids, 12 and 14, to her workouts as often as she can.

“It’s good for us as a family,” she said.

Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: When the gym first opened is when I started. It was maybe eight or nine weeks ago. I just need to get healthier. I want to get healthier for myself and for my kids.

Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?

A: We do 30-minute sessions. It’s 50 seconds of an activity, like jumping jacks or a plank, and then 10 seconds of rest. Every night is different. For the most part, I go six days a week.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: I started losing weight and trying to be healthier in September. I’d like to lose 50 pounds. I’ve lost about 20 of that. Overall, I just want to be healthier and not have as much joint discomfort. I can tell a difference in how I feel.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: I was able to do a box step at week six. Prior to that, I couldn’t, because one of my legs was really weak. I had knee surgeries a couple years ago. So at week six, I was able to do four rounds of the box steps.

Q: What has been your toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?

A: My diet has been the biggest thing. You have to do diet and exercise together. Trying to get my diet reined in, especially over the holidays.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: (The owner) Allen (Faison’s) girlfriend and I used to work together. We hold each other accountable, and I really want to be healthier. I want for my kids to see it and to go with me when they can.

Q: What is your gym pet peeve?

A: In the past, it was not knowing exactly what to do to get healthier and not always being able to have a certified trainer to teach you the appropriate steps. With Allen, he’s constantly watching our form so we don’t get hurt and so we get the most benefit out of the exercise.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?

A: The kids and I go camping when we can. We kayak. We go for walks and do yard work. I also like to read.

Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?

A: Good shoes. I have to have a good pair of shoes.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

A: It’s a journey. It all takes time. Continue to work at it and improve every day. If you fail one day, get back up and try again the next day.

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