past winners

Charles B.
2012 Fall Weight Loss Challenge Winner

Lost 86.8 lbs (-29.3%) *
*Results not typical
Charles B.

My name is Chuck Balling (Dolfan13). On June 6, 1992 I married the woman of my dreams. I weighed 180 lbs. Over the course of the next 20 years, I gained over 120 lbs. Most home scales only go up to 300 lbs., it was a truly sobering moment when I stepped on the scale after the holidays and I saw the dial go past the zero pound mark for the second time.

I have dieted many times in my adult life and been moderately successful in losing weight, but I never succeeded in keeping the weight off. I had joined Life Time Fitness in 2011 and signed up for the 90-Day Challenge, but my heart wasn’t into it. After my scale moment in January I knew I needed to throw myself into this years’ challenge completely. I knew I would face a lot of obstacles and hoped that I could maintain my commitment. It turned out that commitment wasn’t my problem.

I was lucky enough to get paired up with an amazing trainer, Ashley Engelhardt. She is quite possibly the most positive person I have ever met in my life. She tried to make me understand that while cardio is important, it is strength training that helps the body to increase its metabolic rate, which in turn helps keep weight off, but I knew better. So I focused on cardio, worked out hard and I lost over 80 lbs. I also developed tendonitis in my left foot that hurt so bad I could barely walk. I hadn’t built any additional muscle so my metabolism was still slow and in the same amount of time that I lost all that weight I put it right back on. Many trainers would have walked away in disgust, but not Ashley. I could see in her eyes how upset she was. I knew that the failure was mine, not hers and I was determined that this time I was going to listen to everything she said.

I receive emails from Life Time and I always take the time to read them. I save many of them but this one stuck out. It was called lift weight to lose weight. I read it and immediately texted Ashley to ask her if she wrote it. Everything she had been trying to make me understand was right there in the article. Well sometimes you can teach an old dog new tricks. I feel better than I have in years. I have lost 11 inches off of my waist.

I hope that everyone who reads this will join me in signing up for Commitment Day, 1/1/13. This challenge is not just about 90 days, it is about the rest of your life and how you choose to live it. I choose to look ahead and realize that if I can do this, then I can do anything I put my mind to. So I decided that if I could lose all this weight in three months, then I could surely get myself ready to tackle the NYC Triathlon. I am already signed up and Ashley has promised to work with me. If you take nothing else with you after reading this, remember I was that guy lying on the couch. If I can do it, I know that you can too!

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