100 Pounds in 13 months!
It was Labor Day weekend in 2008 when I found myself out of breath while hiking up a sand dune at Hoffmaster State Park. Returning home that weekend, I weighed myself and saw the dial of our old-fashioned scale top-out at over 300 pounds. I was stunned and given my family’s history of heart disease, shocked into action. My family strongly encouraged me to start a weight-loss regimen which began in September 2008 when I walked into Weight Watchers. I started enthusiastically and began tracking my weight and diet using a set of online tools. I lost weight through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and entered the new year well. When I hit forty pounds of weight loss on diet alone I began to slow down and saw that I was hitting a plateau, so I met with my doctor, went through a complete cardiac work-up and visited a number of gyms to see what program would be best for me.
I started with Andrea at Fitness Together in downtown Grand Rapids in March of 2009 and began to see results almost immediately. At the start of November 2009, I have hit the 100 pound mark for my weight loss.* My waist has gone from a 48 to a 34 pants size.* At my last evaluation I ran a mile, which I have never done before. And when I went camping at Lake Michigan a few weeks ago, I ran up the sand dune without ever feeling out of breath.
I have never been in athletics. I have never worked out. I am a computer geek by background and own my own business where I travel a great deal. The plan that Andrea has put together for me has taught me how to workout properly and have a degree of physical confidence when I exercise all the while pushing me into new activities. She makes it fun and adds many new elements to my training regimen to keep it interesting. She has put together routines for me to follow when I am using a hotel workout facility.
Everyday, I have people ask me about how I have lost weight. I get great compliments from family and friends as it is hard not to notice that one third of me has disappeared in the last year. It has taken a ton of work, but I firmly believe that it would not have been possible by dieting alone.
This past summer my wife and I went to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary. I kayaked, snorkeled, wave boarded, and when I hiked a volcanic crater, I was able to handle the 450 foot climb out of the crater easily. That made all of the work worthwhile.
Thanks Fitness Together!