Our featured LifeStory for August 2018
I’m down 80 pounds from a year ago and I cannot wait to see the look on my doctor’s face when she sees me and the progress I've made.
Complications from Type-2 diabetes contributed the death of my mother and grandmother. With that family history I've known for years that I was at risk and my weight added to that risk. Yet, for years I failed to heed the warnings.
Last year, that changed. My doctor's report went from "pre-diabetic" to "borderline and at your next annual physical you will be diabetic and we will start you on medication." That was the wake-up call I needed. I was determined that even if that happened, it would happen with me fighting it every step of the way.
I immediately made one change at a time. I’ve tried to get control of my health before but always jumped in with both feet thinking “all-or-nothing”. The efforts always failed and I always gave up. Incrementally, first I cut easy-to-cut sugar (like tea, coffee, soft drinks and desserts). Then I started logging food and tracking blood sugar. Then I changed how and when I ate carbs. Next came morning walks. Two months in I was seeing some pretty great results with about 20 pounds down but I knew I could do more.
I finally walked in to the LifeStart Fitness Center at work, something I joined when it opened years before but only used a time or two. I met with our Manager and Dietitian, Kristin, to discuss nutrition. She encouraged me to meet with Colin, the Fitness Director. After the first meeting with Colin, I was hooked. His enthusiasm and encouragement got me excited. Despite many gym memberships through the years, I’ve never been excited about fitness. I signed up for personal training three days a week, started a variety of group classes and found myself going at least once a day, often more. I love that right there at work I can do personal training with Strength, HIIT and endurance goals and have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of fun classes including aerobics, dance Pilates and yoga. Each aspect of the program provides a different yet critical part to my success.
It has now been a year since that doctor's appointment and I’m down 80 pounds. The results of my follow up appointment were wonderful! A year ago I was borderline diabetic and had been pre-diabetic for years. As of my annual check-up last month, not only am I not borderline diabetic (or full on diabetic as my doctor had predicted), I’m not pre-diabetic at all! My fasting glucose and A1C numbers were all within normal range. My blood pressure was also a lot lower and she has me on a 3-month plan to wean off of blood pressure medication. I really owe my life to the team at Laitram’s LifeStart facility.
Our featured LifeStory for July 2018
"I am closer to 40 than I am to 30, just had babies back to back and I am in the best shape of my life."
After having my second baby in 15 months, I knew that if I wanted to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, I was going to have to make my health a priority. I began my journey by getting an assessment done by one of the trainers at LifeStart. I was provided with a detailed breakdown of my body fat vs. lean muscle and what I would need to do to reach the goals we discussed. I began working out immediately. I signed up for all available classes and was working out at least 5 times a week. While my activity level was high, I didn't alter my diet at all. While I lost some weight, it was minimal. I expressed these concerns with the new trainer, Izzy. He got a feel for my personality and started challenging me with little things. Of course I had to not only meet, but beat the challenges. He provided healthy eating tips, tricks, and methods that not only changed my way of thinking about food but also transformed by body. I noticed that my body was slimming down in the areas I wanted to focus on. He started me on a weight lifting program and I began to notice definition in all the right places. I started taking new and more challenging classes, like spin for an extra calorie burn. The classes offered are just the right mix of cardio and strength training.
I am closer to 40 than I am to 30 and just had babies back to back and I am in the best shape of my life. I feel stronger, have more energy, get less winded, and look better than I ever have. Kudos to the staff for letting me vent and then pushing me to be my best.