past winners

Bernard C.
Fall 2013 Weight Loss Challenge Winner

Lost 124.8 pounds
37.82% of body weight *
*Results not typical
Bernard C.

“We pass this way but once so let’s make a difference” had become a difficult motto to live by as my weight was slowing me down. It was time to make a change. The 90-Day Challenge afforded the competition to change.

The Motivation:

  • Improved health and energy.
  • Lifestyle; ability to be more active and social. Participate in a turkey trot!
  • Competition; will to win of a competitive guy.
  • Run with my children.
  • China Strong; trekking through 2 weeks in numerous China towns, and not seeing a single over weight individual.
  • Life Time Gold Member for 10+ years and looking like I did on August 1, 2013 (yikes)!

The Enablers:

  • Family, Friends, and Support (expanded upon below)
  • Attitude above all that we will win the challenge recognizing that “sore is good”.
  • Juice fast; first 6 days of only vegetable juicers gave me a significant jump start in weight loss and shrunk my stomach size to curb my appetite. For the first time in my prior diet attempts, I was not feeling hungry.
  • Good tennis shoes key to protect from injury and manage soreness.
  • Professional help in a Personal Trainer. Accountability, experience, and encouragement are 3 distinct benefits. My Trainer Jake, equipped with his permanent grin and good humor, remained positive and created a variety of workouts to keep me physically challenged and mentally fresh. We did not do the same thing twice in the first 30 days, a huge plus for a guy that gets bored!
  • Diet; no/low carbs, green vegetables and more green vegetables, droplets of vinegar dressing, lean/lite turkey, calorie counting, label watching, no meals after 6:30PM, 5-6 small meals per day, discipline. I cheated once in 90 days by having a single raspberry!
  • Water; 1.25 Gallons minimum per day of ice water. Fortunately I enjoy water as it was my sole beverage and ‘soul’ beverage.
  • Cardio; daily cardio at the proper heart rate. Monitor determined my optimal weight loss heart rate to be 165. I stepped up my workouts to achieve this level. After 45 days, and the weight loss slowing down, Jake suggested 2 cardio sessions per day to get the heart going on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
  • Set a stretch goal, write it down, graph and track your progress to the goal. Write down strategies/ideas on the graph.
  • Life Time Facilities; Novi location 5 miles from home. Also took advantage of Commerce, Troy, and Macomb locations when I found myself in those areas.
  • Day 35 I discovered the wet sauna. Day 50 the dry sauna and hot tub. These are nice ‘treats’ after work out. Work is a four letter word; not the only one I used over the grueling 13 weeks!
  • Tigers Baseball; watching games made the cardio workouts achievable!
  • Sleep; replace TV with sleep.
  • Veggie vitamins. Fish oil – Knees went from sore as ‘ell to comfortable. 

The Team that made it happen:

  • My strength came from the strongest person I know, my wife. Simply the best.
  • I am truly blessed to have 3 incredible children, and their friends, who provided endless support and encouragement. My wife and daughter got to experience Jake’s workouts first hand!
  • Hockey program coaching staff, neighbors, friends, co-workers, v-ball families – you mean the world to me.
  • Life Time Staff kept the journey going (when it would have been easy to quit) with friendly, encouraging and always smiling disposition.
  • Life Time fellow Members for their recognition and kind words. Appreciated.
  • Geoff; hemorrhoid experience.
  • Snicker Doodle – our family golden doodle became my night time walk/jog partner, always with a jump in her step and lick of my face.


  • Health and spring in my step that I haven’t had in 5-10 years.
  • Increased energy to enjoy life
  • Amazing feeling of loose clothes and belt
  • Showered with kind words; “Wow you look great”.
  • Labatt is ok as long as it is followed by Life Time.
  • Competing!
  • Grand Bend beach here we come! 
The Success Stories testimonials presented are applicable to the individuals depicted only and may not be representative of the experiences or results of others. Life Time Fitness does not guarantee any individual results. Factors such as diet, genetic makeup, overall health and physiological differences may influence results. Please consult with your physician before embarking on any new nutritional and exercise program. Nothing contained herein is intended to substitute medical advice, care, diagnosis or treatment of your physician. Individuals were not compensated for testimonials. Results not typical.