By Terry D.
“So would you be willing to share your story?” was what Sarah C. asked me last week, and I thought who would care? For over nearly 4 decades weight has always been my issue, and I “dealt” with it through diets and coping skills.
Sure I’ve tried group weigh-ins and supports, pre-packaging foods and even liquids only. For one year, I was part of a teaching hospital program where we “ate” nothing but protein shakes, only to drop (and eventually re-gain) over 130 pounds. I saw several friends become ill from their participation.
My job was high stress, nearly 6 days a week of juggling decisions that impact billions of dollars in spending and millions of people. My weight was the last thing I was thinking about, although I knew that I needed to make serious changes. But this time I said to myself I need to do it differently.
It was nine months ago when I told my primary care physician that I had heard about DHAC “60/60” program, and what could I possibly lose by trying it. “Start slow, and let’s see what can happen”, was his response.
What great encouragement from the DHAC staff! I remember the first time I stepped on a treadmill and walked 5 minutes. Wow- a whole five minutes!! Sarah knew that I love the game of golf, so the first round of circuit training was based upon gaining flexibility. Over the months we’ve added in a variety of cardio work, most recently carrying the weight I’ve lost up and down the stairs a several times ( a great reminder), and some exercises that I had only ever read about before.
My morning routine is now not complete without a visit to the health club, and what I have lost is obvious. My outlook remains positive, my sleeping habits have improved, and I’ve been re-united with my ten toes! It’s nothing now to warm-up with a 25 minute run, not walk, or the same on a bike. I’m drilling new holes in my belt, and my wife just gave 3 bags of clothes away that no longer fit me.
“60/60” brought me in, but the encouragement of DHAC staff and fellow members provides me the energy to return each day. Plus where else can I hit a bucket of golf balls, and then jump in the pool?