2015 Spring Transformation Challenge Winner
*Results not typical
Thanks to Life Time, I’ve recently started hearing, “WOW! You look way younger now. What is your secret?” But there are no secrets about losing weight with a healthy diet and adequate fitness routine. No magic pill, fat-burning lotion or risky surgery and, definitely, no harmful steroids.
I am a 34-year-old single father to a hyperactive three-year-old son. I work as an OBGYN doctor delivering babies and, many times, from complicated high-risk pregnancies. My complex career, busy work schedule and fast-paced life contributed negatively to my unhealthy lifestyle. I was obese. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol with a strong family history of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. As a result of my obesity and sedentary lifestyle, I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon three years ago, leaving me unable to walk for months. Eating was a way for me to deal with stress.
I have recommended diet and exercise to a lot of my patients for years. In February 2015, I suddenly realized that it was time to take my own advice. I walked into Life Time Novi hoping to lose some weight and feel healthy again. My new trainer, Michael Ward, was very professional. He advised me to eat more fat in my diet; however, I was quite skeptical. Even knowing how important fat is for our bodies, I still wanted to lose fat and gain muscle — and fast. Mike convinced me to eat more fat even faster with good scientific, serious research. Mike was instrumental in changing my eating habits completely with a diet high in proteins. I have been intermittently in other gyms, but nobody talked to me about healthy diet before or provided me real support to achieve my goals. Thanks, Mike.
Since that moment, I have followed the information and advice provided by Life Time through its website articles (www.lifetime-weightloss.com and www.core3training.com), and from the multiple trainers at Try-It Tuesday events, Workout Workshops and TEAM Fitness. I really had fun in all these activities.
I love the Child Center, amenities, hours of operation and positive environment at Life Time. Trainers, staff and other members constantly encouraged me.
I am convinced that diet is more than 90 percent of the way to succeed in the weight loss battle. Counting and logging calories daily worked very well for me. Life Time guided me to find my right diet, exercise intelligently and make mental fitness a priority as well.
My reward after these 90 days of discipline is a new lifestyle that is adding back years, maybe decades, to my life. I do feel younger. I lost 44.8 pounds (22.75% of my initial weight). My blood pressure and cholesterol values are normal without medications. My joints are stronger. I feel energetic, like when I was in my early 20s, and I am in the same clothing sizes as when I was a teenager. Also, I don’t snore anymore at night.
The 90-Day Challenge was the best $25 I’ve ever invested in my life. In the beginning, I felt that it was a nearly impossible goal to compete with some bodybuilders from around the nation in this Challenge. But once I started checking the leaderboard, it gave me the motivation to focus and fight to find the best me in those three months. Otherwise, I would have stopped when I lost the first 20 pounds because I was happy even with that.
My recognition is to all the people who work at Life Time. You are not just helping people to lose weight; you are also making a better world. In my case, I am a better person, father, and even a better doctor after this 90-Day Challenge. I am more positive and happier with life. The nutrition habits of my son are improving as well. I have more energy to play with him, to the point that I recently ran a 10K race pushing my son in a stroller for an hour. He was a great running partner telling me “faster, faster” at the finish line. Great memories! Also, I am more knowledgeable about food and nutrition in general. This will help me to counsel my patients with better guidance on how to have a healthy lifestyle, especially for my diabetic patients who need to control their sugar levels so closely. In addition, I have more stamina for my long hours at work delivering babies safely.
To conclude, I am in the best shape of my entire life and I won’t go back. This notorious transformation is staying with me. I just ran my first trail half-marathon a few days ago, and I finished in position 319 out of the 622 runners who finished the race. Also, I plan to start training for a triathlon in the future.
Thanks to Life Time, I feel as if I can accomplish anything now!