Spring 2015 Weight Loss Challenge Winner
30.94% of body weight *
*Results not typical
“How did I get here? I cannot believe how bad my health issues have become!” (Loss of gallbladder, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, multiple kidney stones, difficulty breathing, sleep apnea, chronic back pain, gastrointestinal issues, pancreatitis, and a mass in my chest which was, fortunately, benign.) My mom and uncle died very young of pancreatic cancer. “Is this going to be my fate as well? How much longer do I have to live? What about my wife and kids?” These were questions I kept asking myself. Tough questions and hard answers to deal with. I did not know if I was ever going to live to see my kids graduate high school! The thought of getting healthy seemed impossible.
I prayed for healing on what I could not control and for help on what I could control. There was one consistent and resounding message from my doctors: change my unhealthy ways to lead a healthier life.
While searching for solutions, I happened to drive by a Life Time Fitness center. “Wow, lifetime fitness.” That was a concept that I wanted desperately in my life. Yes, I want to live a full active life. “Could this be the place that helps me achieve that goal?” I regained hope and joined right away. I met expert physical trainers who tailored a program for me. TEAM Weight Loss would be the first step in achieving my goal.
A month later, I learned that Life Time was sponsoring a 90-Day Challenge for weight loss. Here was a great opportunity for me. With the help of my trainer, we set ambitious goals to achieve. I thought they were impossible, but I was up for the challenge. My plan started with one motto to get healthy: “Exercise daily and eat clean (no processed foods).” Within the first few weeks, I lost over 20 lb. It was not easy, though. Unhealthy temptations were always around. I wore a 90-Day bracelet every day. Anytime I thought about being unhealthy, I looked down on my wrist and remembered the commitment I made to change. Support was always there from my fellow TEAM members and trainers. Every week I tried a new personal training class, Cardio Burn, TRX, Kettlebells, Boot Camp and Alpha, to name a few.
Finding food that was truly non-processed was very difficult. Labels stated “all-natural,” but then had artificial ingredients added in. I decided to meet with one of the nutritionists, and I learned so much about the right kinds of foods. They offered a personal Grocery Store Tour as well. Armed with knowledge and a nutrition plan, I was back on track. For years, I was so hard on my body; it was full of waste and toxins. I tried Life Time’s D.TOX program combined with their Dynamic Greens, AM/PM vitamins and Meals to Go. (Bruschetta Chicken with Quinoa was my favorite.) After just two weeks, I felt energized again.
Then came Weeks 7 and 8. I hit a big plateau, barely losing a pound. Frustrated and confused, I sought my trainer’s advice. I was getting in better shape, so I was actually overtraining using my initial metabolic assessment. I took the test again, and my results were drastically different. After modifying my routine, and adding in Pilates and more weight training, my weight started dropping again.
At the end of the 90-Day challenge, I achieved even more than I had thought was possible.
• Weight Loss: 286.4 down to 197.8 – 88.6 lb. (30.94%)
• Body Fat: 41.2 down to 22.5 – 18.7 (45.39%)
The 90-Day Challenge has given my life back to me. I have many things to be thankful for. My blood pressure is back to a normal range, my resting heart rate is in the high 50s, and my back is getting stronger each week. I love seeing the smiles on my family’s faces again because now I have energy to participate in activities with them. My outlook on life is renewed. I look forward to achieving many more milestones on my journey to lifetime fitness.
I share my story with the hope that I can help inspire others who may be struggling. The biggest lesson I learned is that you cannot be successful all by yourself. Ask for help, and you will find there are many who will jump to support you. I could not have been successful without support from my wonderful wife and kids, work and the people at Life Time. It is different from any other fitness center I have experienced. You are greeted by name and treated like family there. There are too many to name them all, but special thanks go out to all of the trainers who provided never-ending support and encouragement (Erin, Hulen, Jocelyn, Q), nutritionists (Christine, Linda) and LifeCafe (Dalton, Jacob). They made the impossible possible.