I decided to print Tom’s responses directly from the questionnaire. Tom is making monumental shifts in his life right now. And he’ll be the first to tell you it wasn’t easy starting out. But each day gets easier and better. Especially when you see what his kids say to him. Read on...
How long have you been working out at FT?
I started my heath and fitness program at FT 8 weeks ago, working out 3 times a week.
What was your life like before FT?
Before FT, my heath and fitness was not a priority in my life. I did not exercise. I smoked cigarettes. I ate fast food on a regular basis. I always skipped breakfast and sometimes lunch. I suffered from high blood pressure. I found myself gradually gaining weight but did nothing to stop it. Every six months my doctor would lecture me to quit smoking, eat healthier food and lose weight until finally he warned me that I was border-line diabetic. So, I stop smoking over 21 months ago but did nothing in the form of exercise. As most people who quit smoking do, I began to gain weight. My pant waist size grew over four inches to the point where, continued unabated, I would be forced to shop at the Big & Tall Shop (emphasis on Big) just to find pants that fit. It was then I realized I needed to do something but I was not sure exactly what. Eating healthier and exercise were the obvious solutions but I really had no idea where to begin.
I knew that big gyms and fitness centers were not for me. I also knew I would not push myself without the help of a trainer. Then I discovered Fitness Together.
What is you life like after starting your program at FT?
Aside from exercising three days a week at FT, the biggest change in my life has been around what I eat and when I eat. The five meals-a-day approach was much easier to adopt than I thought. I am eating less than I used to but do not ever feel hungry or get cravings. I have cut out junk food and fast food entirely and have even lost my desire for coffee or soda to get me going in the morning. I have more energy, strength and stamina. I feel better, calmer and less stressed than I have in years. There is nothing like a good set of lunges to eliminate stress and tension!
What do you like best about FT?
What I like best about FT is the personal attention I get from the entire staff and the one-on-one training sessions. I really enjoy the privacy of my work-outs. The entire staff at FT is not only friendly but very supportive. I have an individual plan and my results are tracked against personal goals. The individual attention and privacy of the fitness sessions is what sets FT apart from other larger fitness centers.
What results have you seen with your health and fitness program?
I have been truly amazed by the results I have seen in such a short period and how quickly the human body will recover from years of neglect. In my first four weeks, I lost 8.5 pounds but more importantly, I lost a combined total of 5 ½ inches off my chest, stomach and waist. My cardiovascular endurance has greatly improved.* At six weeks I visited my doctor for my six month check up. Much to his and my surprise, I had lost over 12 pounds and my blood pressure was the lowest it had been in 10 years.* My pants are nearly falling off me and I have even begun comfortably wearing pants with a waist size 2 inches smaller.*
What would you say to other people struggling to get results or starting a program?
First, there is no time like the present to start a program and nothing more important than your health. It is the best investment in time and money that you can make. Second, it is not simply about going to the gym or exercising. It is really about making a fundamental lifestyle change that includes what you eat and, how you eat. I would strongly recommend using a personal trainer, not only to teach you the proper way to exercise but also one who includes a nutritional plan to complement your exercise program. Finally, it takes a commitment to exercise on a regular basis. Try to find a time that fits into your schedule. For me, that meant early in the mornings before work since I would only be conflicting with sleep.
Is there anything about your family, career or other area in your life you would like us to know?
I am a single Dad with three children. There is nothing more important to me in life than my children. So, it was important to me that they understood and supported the change I was trying to make in my life. After all, I was doing this as much for them as for myself. I took the time to educate them on my nutrition plan, what I was eating, why I was eating it, as well as what I was no longer going to eat and why. Their support and understanding has made a huge difference in my success. They do not ask how my “diet” is going. They ask how my “lifestyle change” is going. I am even happy to say that they have become more conscious of their own nutrition in the process. The other day when I was showing them how loose my pants had become, my son told me I was “like that Subway guy.” I couldn’t ask for a nicer compliment and I could not have done it without the support of everyone at FT.
Make no mistake about it, YOU have the power to make this type of change in YOUR life. As Tom said, “there is no time like the present to start a program and nothing more important than your health.” Every month I show you clients that have not only made significant strides with their health, fitness, nutrition, and weight loss goals. But also those that can motivate and inspire you. From tired, overweight and overworked smoker to Fit, Healthy, and Happy Dad! Congratulations Tom! So…. are YOU going to be next?