2015 Spring Transformation Challenge Runner-Up
*Results not typical
January 27th marked my 29th birthday. Typically, by this time my New Year’s resolution is a faint memory and I’m back to my guilt-free bad habits. This time was different. I was 30+ days strong in quitting smoking cold turkey, and I was feeling great! I wanted to become “the best me in 2015,” and I felt like the momentum was on my side. My wife had mentioned the Challenge four or five times over the course of a week; most of it went in one ear and out the other. Nevertheless, I gave her the nod and figured, as long as I weighed out I get my money back. What can I lose?
My family (parents, wife and son – age 2) joined the LifeTime Athletic location in Fairfax, Virginia, in April 2014. Initially, I was the only one that did not use the facility regularly. My wife participates in the 6:00 am Boot Camp fitness program three days a week and enjoys the group fitness classes. My parents consistently participated in the TEAM Weight loss program three days a week. And my son enjoyed the swimming pool and the Child Center. I really did not have any excuse not to get more actively engaged in improving my physical fitness. It was just something I never scheduled.
Tragically, it wasn’t until the passing of my wife’s younger brother that I made the conscious decision that I was going to give this my all. The Challenge was something my wife had previously spoken to her brother about. During weigh-in weekend, seeing the Life Time advertisements for “I can do it all in my lifetime” really struck a chord close to heart. I would do this for Jean-Luke. You never know when your time will expire; there is no better time than right now to take control of your life.
I dedicate the last 90 days and this Challenge to the lasting, loving memory of my wife’s beloved younger brother who passed unexpectedly on February 7, 2015. He was 23.
I understood that if I was going to take this seriously, it meant giving up a lot of the comfort foods that had helped me with my smoking urges … and it also meant no alcohol. I seriously doubted if that was even possible for me.
Not knowing where to begin, I reached out to the excellent training staff at Life Time for advice. One of the first recommendations was to take a metabolic assessment, which I did. The Life Time trainer explained the importance of target heart rate training. I also had an overall physical fitness assessment, which provided the baseline for where I was starting. She answered all my questions and also went so far as to email me a copy of the Life Time “Live Well, Eat Well” manual. That helped me get a better understanding about nutritional tips that I should consider to reach my fitness goals. The “Live Well, Eat Well” manual was an invaluable tool in my health journey. I completely changed my diet and started eating regularly scheduled meals five times a day, and I realized the benefits instantly!
I can honestly say this 90-Day Challenge has made a significant difference in my daily life. I am now in a regular routine. My wife goes to the 6:00am Boot Camp and I typically go at the end of the day after our two-year-old son has gone to bed. The fact that my club is open 24 hours makes it super-convenient. I work out at the gym five days a week and try to get a light cardio or yoga class in on the 6th day; I must admit that I enjoy the classes.
Dedicating myself to this Challenge was one of the hardest things I’ve done, and the first two weeks were brutal. I don’t know which was harder: pushing myself past the point of exhaustion in the gym, or watching people eat things I couldn’t. It got easier. I found healthy replacements for my much-needed munchies, and I didn’t miss them anymore … and the results started to pour in.
During the Challenge, I went from 14.9% body fat to 3%. If someone would have told me that was even possible six months ago, I am not sure that I would have believed them. I’m confident that the initial metabolic assessment and support from the Life Time training staff made a significant difference for me. I always work out with my heart rate monitor and my LT Connect app to track my workouts.
The 90-Day Challenge has made a significant difference in how I live my daily life. I am maintaining a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and incorporating a good physical workout into my schedule. I am very glad that I participated and had the opportunity to “meet and beat” the 90-Day Challenge.