Hi, My name is Pat. My good friend Camille L asked me a while ago to write down my weight loss and fitness story. She thought it was compelling and might inspire others to lose some weight and get in shape. I reluctantly agreed because the story isn’t that special, anyone can do it. ANYONE! 

Like a lot of people, I had tried and failed many times. Other things in my life took priority. Raising my daughter, job and other interests. I’m really not sure what the catalyst was but this time I got serious. My Doctor, of course, had urged me for years to get a handle on my weight and kept reminding me of the negative consequences of being obese. Type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke and cancer are all more likely in individuals who are heavy. That is simply not rocket science! I suppose the sudden death of a good friend of mine was ultimately the reason. So I set some simple goals. Lose #100 and get into the best shape of my life.

Simple right? So how does one go about such lofty goals?  First, start eating right. Get educated on what a proper diet is and stick to it. Read every day and reevaluate your food choices as you acquire new information. There is a lot of conflicting information out there about fats, carbs and protein. Not to mention supplements etc. My overriding goal was to never eat fast food again! Everyone knows that stuff is bad for you.

Secondly, how does a 56 year old get into great shape?  Simple, actually go to the YMCA and use the membership I’ve had for nearly 20 years! I hired Theresa O as my personal trainer and stuck to a routine and added exercises as I got lighter and stronger. I also tried different group classes and found that I really liked indoor cycling. Spinning is great cardio and will tone your legs and core fast. 

So, where am I in my program? I’m happy to report that in 21 months I’ve finally reached the first goal. I went from #282 to #178 (just about what I weighed in College). The fitness part of my plan is still a work in progress. About 6 months ago I decided to become a spinning instructor and now (thanks to my friends Kelli and Lori) I fill-in when the regular instructors are on vacation etc. I also have my own class on Friday evening called cycle-lite for new people or anyone just getting started on a fitness program.

I live my life by two slogans 1) Food is fuel and medicine and 2) You can’t out-train a bad diet. The fitness part is pretty straightforward too. Find exercise you like to do and keep doing it! I wish you well and just remember, anyone can do it. ANYONE!