Our featured LifeStory for February 2022
Now seven months later, after many sessions with Andy, Seara Mook, and Joy, I have lost 70 pounds and almost all of my aches and pains. By living a better and healthier lifestyle, I can do more for my family as we fight together to beat cancer.
Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown in 2020, my seven-year-old son was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a very treatable form of childhood cancer, with a very long and grueling treatment plan. The plan began immediately upon his diagnosis and we were informed by his doctors that the first nine months of the three-year treatment program would be the most intense. During this time, we spent more than 75 nights in the hospital and too many visits to count. I had put my health and wellbeing aside trying to survive and get our family through the hardest parts of his treatment. I had gained more than 40 pounds and found a lot of new aches and pains that were making it hard for me to walk and were keeping me up almost every night. Once I had heard they were going to reopen our fitness center at the Timken WHQ, I decided to start focusing more on my personal health and wellbeing. I hired Andy Kessler to help me design a workout routine that would help me lose the extra weight and alleviate some of my new aches and pains. I also started meeting with our dietitian, Joy Benjamin, to learn how to live and eat healthier. Now seven months later, after many sessions with Andy, Seara Mook, and Joy, I have lost 70 pounds and almost all of my aches and pains. By living a better and healthier lifestyle, I can do more for my family as we fight together to beat cancer. I'm looking forward to continuing my weight loss and staying on my journey to a healthier life.
Our featured LifeStory for January 2022
Evolved. That's how I feel 7 months into my journey.
That’s how I feel 7 months into my journey. This is all thanks to 3 months of focused-driven performance. Ryan Robert, the manager of LifeStart at Laitram Fitness, was the one who proposed the “10-Week Challenge.” Careful planning on his part, fitness, nutrition milestones, and helpful words of encouragement helped to slingshot me into believing in myself. We all are aware that “eating right” and “exercising frequently” can get us into shape, but, if there is no inspiration or focused effort, that goal may as well be unfathomable. However, I had an epiphany: no one is born a professional, which means practice makes perfect. Additionally, all aspects of life are a journey, and, if health and fitness can be viewed as a journey, the steps along the way are imperative in helping one reach their destination. No matter how small, each step counts, and each step adds on to the progress the previous step made. Mighty ravines were once creeks and massive trees were once saplings. If viewing one’s self in this light, one will realize that progress, no matter the size, makes a difference. Thus, my journey started simply with tracking macronutrients and light exercise. Over time, Ryan would highlight the path with slowly increasing difficulty for the sake of improvement. Simple tracking and exercise morphed into meal prepping, strength training, being mindful of nutrition in meals, and extra tidbits to improve wellbeing. Over time, I noticed my weight dropping, bringing me to a total weight loss of 20 pounds of pure fat over the entire program! Now with the steps taken by my own effort along the way, I am able to branch even further into my fitness journey. I will end my story with this - In famous time-travel movies, they say that the future can be jeopardized by even the smallest change in the past; therefore, wouldn’t small changes now drastically change your future?