I contemplated losing weight and getting into shape for over 2 years, always finding excuses to do nothing. I have been type 2 Diabetic since my mid 20’s. I have been insulin dependent for 15+ years. In November 2010 at my physical I weighed 250 lbs, my insulin intake kept increasing over the years due to poor control. I was also taking pills for Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, and Diabetes. At my physical my dr. encouraged me to make changes. After every physical my medication dosages were increasing. I was taking 270 units of insulin / 5 injections per day. My personal life was in disarray as well, job down sizing, divorce, financial issues and relocation from NH to MA. My self esteem and confidence was depressing.
After my physical I made the decision that change was needed, if I wanted to be around to see my kids grow up. My health was in serious decline and I needed to take a serious approach for improvement. My dad died in his late 40s and grand parents in their 60’s due to diabetes. I started a new job in Holliston Ma, and was moving to Plainville Mass when I found Fitness Together. I emailed Jerry a couple times before stopping in. I was still unsure if I was ready to do this, still thinking of reasons why not to. I set up a meeting with Jerry and we talked about my current situation and my goals. Jerry was great and I felt he genuinely cared about helping me improve my life and help me feel better about myself. I made the decision to commit to a plan to help me achieve my goals in 6 months.
Jerry set me up with Kirby; I have been working with Kirby since Jan 2011. I want to thank Jerry, Kirby and the staff at FT for all the support and encouragement. I especially want to thank Kirby for all the support, commitment, advice, and caring enough to go the extra mile. Kirby helped me improve my total self. I have achieved goals I thought were impossible, I feel great, my confidence is much better, noticed by others. I am living a much healthier life style and have a much more positive outlook on life and my future. My kids notice the change as well and I feel I will be able to be around to see them grow and be apart of their life. Kirby has given me the tools and the training required continue a healthy life style, I thank Kirby from the bottom of my heart, I would not have done this with out her help and support. I trusted and took Kirby’s advice to heart; she encouraged me to see a dr. about my back pain. Kirby even went the extra mile to get phone number and address for me. Her encouragement and advice was important, I found out I have a rare genetic back disease called DISH. With this disease it is important for me to exercise regularly to keep from loosing mobility throughout the spine.
I have eliminated the need for insulin injections, I was taking Humalog injections 3x per day at 40 units per dose, and Lantus injections 2x per day 75 units. This was a total of 5 injections per day, 270 units of insulin per day along with the pills. As of May 2011, I have eliminated all injections; I do not have to take insulin injections at all.* I am in the process of elimination of blood pressure meds and reductions of the other medications.* I was told I would never get off of insulin, but you can achieve this by changing your life style.*
I will not go backwards, Kirby has giving me the tools to continue living a healthier life style. Now it is up to me to continue driving forward. I have a lot of motivation to continue.
I feel so much better about my self, how I feel, my appearance, my ability to go out and do activities without running out of breath. Life is Good….I couldn’t say that 6 months ago…
Thank You ……………… Jerry-Kirby-Ryan-Kyle-FT Staff………………
Jan-2011 June 2011
Cholesterol: 140 149 Good*
Bad Cholesterol: 88 99 Good*
Good Cholesterol: 34 37 still little low but better*
Weight: 250 195*
A1C: 7.9 5.9 Good*
Blood Sugar 162 99 Good*