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Mike’s Success Story

It started almost a year ago now with my desire to improve myself after many years of indulgent behavior.  I had reached 233lbs and was feeling every one of them.  At 5’8” tall, I was definitely on the obese side of the chart.  My knees hurt, my cholesterol was rising and my blood pressure was right behind it, headed in the same direction. 

I had reached 233lbs and was feeling every one of them. 

One day I talked with my wife and we decided to do something about it. So we started on the path to better living, together.  We started with a weight loss program.  It was all about healthy eating and was very successful at pulling pounds off but not without pain, more emotional than physical.  It was like ripping off a band-aid when it came to changing eating habits.  I later realized the muscle was coming off with it. 

“It was like ripping off a band-aid when it came to changing eating habits.  I later realized the muscle was coming off with it”.

I chose this route because I was feeling so bad that I didn’t feel I could effectively exercise without causing more damage to my body.  Not realizing at the time, the full effects the diet was having on my body.  Along with fat, there was a significant amount of muscle loss that went away with it.  When I realized this, I had to take step 2 to self-improvement.  Not only did I need to lose weight but I had to, at the least, keep the muscle I had and take proactive steps to grow the muscle back.  This is when I stumbled on Portside Fitness.

My wife had attended a SWEAT class and was getting pushed by her Aunt to take another.  I agreed to attend to help “motivate” her to keep going by taking the class with her.  At the time I had no idea I would end up enjoying it as much do.  Yes, the first class was hell.  But, I could feel the changes happening pretty quickly. I guess moving will do that for you. 

The coaches, Sara and Melinda, are always open to feedback and looking for information to help you as an individual.  

Being the only male in the class felt a bit awkward at first, but I quickly realized everyone was welcome.  The coaches, Sara and Melinda, are always open to feedback and looking for information to help you as an individual.  Customizing workouts where needed to help you improve and succeed.  I found this very helpful when I injured my knee.   The whole class is group training but there are lots of individual attributes. 

I am now in, I think, my 4th SWEAT class and have progressed from barely doing 10 sit-ups to doing over 150 in a class. I have gone from working with a 25lb kettlebell to working with a 44lb kettlebell on a regular basis.  Similar improvements have been seen across the board in all of the activities the coaches bring to class.  And then they rolled out the Nutrition Challenge, followed shortly by and the world going into lockdown because of the coronavirus.

The Nutrition Challenge made learning good eating habits fun and taught ways to achieve them that were easy and flexible. 

The Nutrition Challenge brought me back to where I started, an education of good eating habits.  The principles of good eating are timeless but have been forgotten by the lure of cream sauces and decadent desserts.  While I have worked hard to improve my eating habits, the lessons I learned were very structured.  Every serving was measured, every meal planned. The Nutrition Challenge made learning good eating habits fun and taught ways to achieve them that were easy and flexible.  It reinforced the eating of whole foods and the importance of reading the nutrition label and knowing your ingredients.  

The Challenge promotes working with outers to build a support structure to help when making changes.  Also, having this level of nutritional interaction when the lockdown went into effect was beneficial to me by proving that the situation is no reason not to pay attention to healthy eating.  It did not hinder my efforts at all.  It’s possible that had it not been for this level of engagement, I may have made potato chips a confinement staple food.  But I didn’t and it wasn’t a problem.  If you have the desire to be healthy, you will find a way.  Sometimes a little nudge is helpful to stay on track, the Nutrition Challenge for me.  If you let an excuse get in your way, it will.  Losing a daily schedule is an easy excuse to lean on.

When the coronavirus lockdown went into effect, everyone at Portside began looking for ways to keep everyone exercising.

When the coronavirus lockdown went into effect, everyone at Portside began looking for ways to keep everyone exercising.  They found a way by offering the classes virtually, accepting was my responsibility.  I have chosen to NOT let this lockdown be an excuse to not pay attention to my health.  The coaches of Portside did not let this lockdown stop them from offering the tools to make fitness possible.  

All I had to do was accept the responsibility of saying “Yes, I will do it”.  I had to learn alternative methods of exercising.  Do I like them the same or even better than the gym, NO. Do I use this as an excuse to not do it, NO.  I have chosen to not let a situation I cannot control, the coronavirus, define the decisions I can control, the choice to improve my health. 

As of now, I have lost approximately 60lbs, my cholesterol went from 220 down to 190 and my blood pressure is “normal” again.

As of now, I have lost approximately 60lbs, my cholesterol went from 220 down to 190 and my blood pressure is “normal” again.  All I did was eat healthy (90%) and exercise (10%), no cholesterol or blood pressure meds and their side effects.  The only side effects I have experienced are compliments from my friends and the need to buy new clothes.

The only side effects I have experienced are compliments from my friends and the need to buy new clothes.

P.S. I had a fat piece of cheesecake yesterday for my birthday.  Will I view that as a failure and let that define how I proceed. Nope!!  I enjoyed it and I moved on, making the right choices again.

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