March is National Women’s Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of local women.
Eyewitness News is sharing the story of a Monroe County detective, who beneath the badge, wasn’t satisfied. Weighing nearly 200 pounds, she decided to turn her life around, and she wants to encourage other women to do the same.
Wendy Serfass is a seasoned homicide detective with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office. Working for justice takes a personal toll.
“I have a demanding job, very stressful, I deal with things most people don’t want to deal with,” Serfass explains.
She coped with the stresses of work and life by eating and drinking whatever she wanted. In September 2015, she stepped on the scale before vacation to see she weighed 196 pounds.
Wendy was shocked and devastated.
She recalls, “being 5’2, I knew things weren’t going to go well if I kept the lifestyle I was living.”
That was it.
Wendy took a leap of faith and started working out at Muscle Inc. in Stroudsburg. But, she hit a road block early on.
“I had no gym experience. So for me, cardio was the only thing I was comfortable doing,” Serfass explains.
She teamed up with Scott Schweinfurth, owner of Transform Personal Training. Scott recalls a woman who was shy, but extremely determined.
“We hit that first weight goal then it was, oh, I want to lose a little more weight,” Schweinfurth recalls.
Small accomplishments snowballed into Wendy wanting to compete in a fitness competition.
Seventeen months after stepping into the gym, she stepped on stage 90 pounds lighter.
She smiles, “it feels good to get up there and see that it’s possible. Even at my age, there’s no reason to quit.”
Scott says regardless of age or abilities, anyone can transform their life if they’re motivated enough. It will require regular cardio and weight training. You’ll have to work outside the gym, too, by following a disciplined diet.
Many women have already dove in, the results not only seen but most importantly felt.
“And that confidence carries over to everything else you do. Your job, home life, social life. When you feel good about yourself, you’re a better person,” Schweinfurth believes.
Today, Wendy has competed twice, and at 50-years-old, she’s now training for a third show.
Above all, she aspires to lead a healthy lifestyle for herself, her family, and the families she seeks justice for.
“I needed to make sure my life continued so that I could live it to the best of my abilities,” Serfass explains.
Shedding weight, and gaining confidence.
Wendy has gone from a size 18 to size 2 and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
Scott says you can change your life in just a few months, the hardest part is stepping into the gym for the very first time.