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Wednesday
Jun172015

Eduardo A. - Novi, MI

Thanks to Life Time, I’ve recently started hearing, “WOW! You look way younger now. What is your secret?” But there are no secrets about losing weight with a healthy diet and adequate fitness routine. No magic pill, fat-burning lotion or risky surgery and, definitely, no harmful steroids.

I am a 34-year-old single father to a hyperactive three-year-old son. I work as an OBGYN doctor delivering babies and, many times, from complicated high-risk pregnancies. My complex career, busy work schedule and fast-paced life contributed negatively to my unhealthy lifestyle. I was obese. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol with a strong family history of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. As a result of my obesity and sedentary lifestyle, I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon three years ago, leaving me unable to walk for months. Eating was a way for me to deal with stress.

I have recommended diet and exercise to a lot of my patients for years. In February 2015, I suddenly realized that it was time to take my own advice. I walked into Life Time Novi hoping to lose some weight and feel healthy again. My new trainer, Michael Ward, was very professional. He advised me to eat more fat in my diet; however, I was quite skeptical. Even knowing how important fat is for our bodies, I still wanted to lose fat and gain muscle — and fast. Mike convinced me to eat more fat even faster with good scientific, serious research. Mike was instrumental in changing my eating habits completely with a diet high in proteins. I have been intermittently in other gyms, but nobody talked to me about healthy diet before or provided me real support to achieve my goals. Thanks, Mike.

Since that moment, I have followed the information and advice provided by Life Time through its website articles (www.lifetime-weightloss.com and www.core3training.com), and from the multiple trainers at Try-It Tuesday events, Workout Workshops and TEAM Fitness. I really had fun in all these activities.

I love the Child Center, amenities, hours of operation and positive environment at Life Time. Trainers, staff and other members constantly encouraged me.

I am convinced that diet is more than 90 percent of the way to succeed in the weight loss battle. Counting and logging calories daily worked very well for me. Life Time guided me to find my right diet, exercise intelligently and make mental fitness a priority as well.

My reward after these 90 days of discipline is a new lifestyle that is adding back years, maybe decades, to my life. I do feel younger. I lost 44.8 pounds (22.75% of my initial weight). My blood pressure and cholesterol values are normal without medications. My joints are stronger. I feel energetic, like when I was in my early 20s, and I am in the same clothing sizes as when I was a teenager. Also, I don’t snore anymore at night.

The 90-Day Challenge was the best $25 I’ve ever invested in my life. In the beginning, I felt that it was a nearly impossible goal to compete with some bodybuilders from around the nation in this Challenge. But once I started checking the leaderboard, it gave me the motivation to focus and fight to find the best me in those three months. Otherwise, I would have stopped when I lost the first 20 pounds because I was happy even with that.

My recognition is to all the people who work at Life Time. You are not just helping people to lose weight; you are also making a better world. In my case, I am a better person, father, and even a better doctor after this 90-Day Challenge. I am more positive and happier with life. The nutrition habits of my son are improving as well. I have more energy to play with him, to the point that I recently ran a 10K race pushing my son in a stroller for an hour. He was a great running partner telling me “faster, faster” at the finish line. Great memories! Also, I am more knowledgeable about food and nutrition in general. This will help me to counsel my patients with better guidance on how to have a healthy lifestyle, especially for my diabetic patients who need to control their sugar levels so closely. In addition, I have more stamina for my long hours at work delivering babies safely.

To conclude, I am in the best shape of my entire life and I won’t go back. This notorious transformation is staying with me. I just ran my first trail half-marathon a few days ago, and I finished in position 319 out of the 622 runners who finished the race. Also, I plan to start training for a triathlon in the future.

Thanks to Life Time, I feel as if I can accomplish anything now!

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Wednesday
Jun172015

Todd H. - Plano, TX

“How did I get here? I cannot believe how bad my health issues have become!” (Loss of gallbladder, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, multiple kidney stones, difficulty breathing, sleep apnea, chronic back pain, gastrointestinal issues, pancreatitis, and a mass in my chest which was, fortunately, benign.) My mom and uncle died very young of pancreatic cancer. “Is this going to be my fate as well? How much longer do I have to live? What about my wife and kids?” These were questions I kept asking myself. Tough questions and hard answers to deal with. I did not know if I was ever going to live to see my kids graduate high school! The thought of getting healthy seemed impossible.

I prayed for healing on what I could not control and for help on what I could control. There was one consistent and resounding message from my doctors: change my unhealthy ways to lead a healthier life.

While searching for solutions, I happened to drive by a Life Time Fitness center. “Wow, lifetime fitness.” That was a concept that I wanted desperately in my life. Yes, I want to live a full active life. “Could this be the place that helps me achieve that goal?” I regained hope and joined right away. I met expert physical trainers who tailored a program for me. TEAM Weight Loss would be the first step in achieving my goal.

A month later, I learned that Life Time was sponsoring a 90-Day Challenge for weight loss. Here was a great opportunity for me. With the help of my trainer, we set ambitious goals to achieve. I thought they were impossible, but I was up for the challenge. My plan started with one motto to get healthy: “Exercise daily and eat clean (no processed foods).” Within the first few weeks, I lost over 20 lb. It was not easy, though. Unhealthy temptations were always around. I wore a 90-Day bracelet every day. Anytime I thought about being unhealthy, I looked down on my wrist and remembered the commitment I made to change. Support was always there from my fellow TEAM members and trainers. Every week I tried a new personal training class, Cardio Burn, TRX, Kettlebells, Boot Camp and Alpha, to name a few.

Finding food that was truly non-processed was very difficult. Labels stated “all-natural,” but then had artificial ingredients added in. I decided to meet with one of the nutritionists, and I learned so much about the right kinds of foods. They offered a personal Grocery Store Tour as well. Armed with knowledge and a nutrition plan, I was back on track. For years, I was so hard on my body; it was full of waste and toxins. I tried Life Time’s D.TOX program combined with their Dynamic Greens, AM/PM vitamins and Meals to Go. (Bruschetta Chicken with Quinoa was my favorite.) After just two weeks, I felt energized again.

Then came Weeks 7 and 8. I hit a big plateau, barely losing a pound. Frustrated and confused, I sought my trainer’s advice. I was getting in better shape, so I was actually overtraining using my initial metabolic assessment. I took the test again, and my results were drastically different. After modifying my routine, and adding in Pilates and more weight training, my weight started dropping again.

At the end of the 90-Day challenge, I achieved even more than I had thought was possible.

• Weight Loss: 286.4 down to 197.8 – 88.6 lb. (30.94%)
• Body Fat: 41.2 down to 22.5 – 18.7 (45.39%)

The 90-Day Challenge has given my life back to me. I have many things to be thankful for. My blood pressure is back to a normal range, my resting heart rate is in the high 50s, and my back is getting stronger each week. I love seeing the smiles on my family’s faces again because now I have energy to participate in activities with them. My outlook on life is renewed. I look forward to achieving many more milestones on my journey to lifetime fitness.

I share my story with the hope that I can help inspire others who may be struggling. The biggest lesson I learned is that you cannot be successful all by yourself. Ask for help, and you will find there are many who will jump to support you. I could not have been successful without support from my wonderful wife and kids, work and the people at Life Time. It is different from any other fitness center I have experienced. You are greeted by name and treated like family there. There are too many to name them all, but special thanks go out to all of the trainers who provided never-ending support and encouragement (Erin, Hulen, Jocelyn, Q), nutritionists (Christine, Linda) and LifeCafe (Dalton, Jacob). They made the impossible possible.

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Saturday
May162015

Luke O. – Centennial, CO

This year we gave our family the gift of a Life Time Fitness family membership.  I wanted to give myself the gift better health. Over the last 4 months, I have not only lost 25 pounds but have realized how much more I have missed out on in life by being overweight. While it was difficult to “get started,”  I knew that I would need extra help to keep me committed to my overall goal of losing 50 pounds. 

I used the tools that Life Time offers and got a trainer. My trainer, Josh, has helped me stay committed to my goal and helped put together a realistic plan on how I could achieve my goals. Josh has not only helped with workouts but nutrition as well. The change in the last 4 months is amazing. I look and feel better. I’ve gone from dreading my workouts to looking forward to them. I’m still surprised by how much better I feel after working out.

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Saturday
May092015

Jayson L. – Tampa, FL

The 90-Day Challenge was an excellent opportunity for me to take control of my health. The idea of a competition with a potential monetary reward was the perfect catalyst to get my idle “Y” chromosome into action. But, before I could sign up, I had to see what others had done in 90 days. After a brief search through the photos of prior winners, I decided I was in! 

My first task was to get a plan. “Keep it simple “ was my mantra. First, get rid of all my excuses and potential excuses that would keep me from my goal. Oh, right, a goal, I needed a goal too...first things first. 

Excuse #1 - I don’t have enough time for workouts during the day.

Solution - Work out at night. 

Excuse #2 - I need to help with the kids.

Solution - Get home from work and help the kids with homework, baths, stories, and get them tucked in. Then, I still have enough time for a workout after 8:30 p.m. Fortunately, Life Time hours allow for late workouts. 

Excuse #3 - Meals are difficult to eat on the run.

Solution - Cook for yourself, and prep meals the night before. Also, take advantage of eating at Life Time post workout. I actually started enjoying hard boiled eggs. 

My plan unfolded. It was a simple one. My workouts would last 1 hour per day for 90 days. That is just 90 hours total for this challenge. I can do that. I would divide those hours evenly with 30 minutes of weight training and 30 minutes of cardio. 

I had not worked out consistently for at least 4 years, so I needed to ease into working out and not injure myself trying to get back too quickly. 

So, I was ready to start, but wait...I needed a goal - an attainable, not too lofty goal. My goal would also be simple. I wanted to win the 90-Day Challenge! A bit lofty, yes, but if I took small strides I might just get there. My 30-day goal started really simple - just get to the gym for 1 hour a day and eat healthy. That is how it started, and that is how it stayed. 

I established my workout routine with simple basic exercises. Now, onward we go to the diet part of this challenge. 

Diet always seems daunting. Which diet to follow? Low carb? Low fat? Atkins? Sugarbusters? Paleo? South Beach? What should a guy do? Oh yeah, KEEP IT SIMPLE. 

I decided to cut out bread, pasta and processed food. I’d eat lean meat, eggs, brown rice and wholesome grains...and lots and lots of vegetables (not corn or potatoes) but lots of green vegetables. 

So, that is how it all got started. I did not look back, and I don’t believe I ever will. The reason is simple. A lot of wonderful things happened along the course of my 90-Day Challenge. 

First, I am no longer taking my blood pressure medications, which comprised a 2-drug therapy. My doctor always said, “Shed a few pounds and do some cardio.” He was right! 

Second, I have a ton more energy for my kids (6-year-old Sophia and 3-year-old Tobias). 

Third, I turned 45-years-old during the Challenge. I feel the most invigorated since my 20s. 

Finally, and very importantly, I celebrated my 15th year wedding anniversary. My wife (Sarah) was extremely supportive throughout the Challenge. Her support really let me know without a doubt how much she loves and cares for me. And that feeling of unconditional love is priceless. 

I must also thank the staff at Life Time for their support. They would always answer my questions, no matter how inane. Also, without the exquisite childcare, my workouts would have numbered far fewer. My kids now beg to go to the Kids Academy at Life Time. Kids begging to exercise...what a bonus! 

Thank you for setting up the Challenge and changing my life! 

 

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Saturday
May022015

Vern P. - Champions, TX

Being overweight at 215 pounds in January, I decided to try Team Weight Loss at Life Time Fitness. By July I, had lost about 25 pounds but had begun to plateau.

I decided to sign up for the 90-Day Challenge, hoping to accelerate things. By the fourth or fifth week I had moved up to the #1 spot, which motivated me to keep going. I lost another 24.7 pounds during the 90-Day Challenge, going from 189.8 to 165.1.

The keys to my success were Team Weight Loss and our wonderful trainer, Andre Bryan, the support of my family, being willing to work out more than just in class, and tracking my food and exercise in the MyFitnessPal app.

 

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