In early March of 2009, with a great degree of trepidation, I made an appointment with Leslie at Phoenix Fitness West Hamilton. I was told that I would be given an assessment of my physical condition and that I would be provided with information as to how I could meet my physical fitness goals.
It seemed simple enough but it was something that I had been putting off for far too long. I had been retired for nine years. The lifestyle that I lead in the years leading up to my retirement was anything but healthy. Too many years of fast food, smoking, lack of exercise, high stress and little, if any, physical exercise resulted in high blood pressure, lack of energy and a substantial gain of weight.
Every year following retirement, I made new years’ resolutions to lose weight and get back into shape. However, there was a major gulf between intentions and results. Every year I gained more weight and was fast approaching the point where I felt that I had lost control. Even though I had an academic background in physical education and a very supportive wife who is extremely knowledgeable in nutrition and exercise, I simply could not maintain the commitment to do what had to be done. There had been flashes of diet success which was quickly followed by increased weight gain. The cycle did not hold out much hope for success.
I realized that I needed additional help and support.
The information that I received as a result of that first assessment was extremely sobering. My weight was almost 270 pounds – which wouldn’t have been that bad if I were 6’9” rather than 6’2”. My cardiovascular capacity was very low, my flexibility was limited and my strength was declining. I looked like and moved like an old man.
Leslie assigned my file to Ori Haripko. He is an extremely capable young man who has been with me for the last three months as my trainer. Initially, we met twice a week. However, for the last month, due to my fanatical devotion to golf, we meet once a week. His knowledge of his craft is outstanding. He quickly helped me identify my short and long term goals and, using that developed a program that has been incredibly successful.
As of my last assessment which marked three complete months with Ori I essentially met my initial goals.
MY TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS AFTER THREE MONTHS IS 35 POUNDS, I HAVE LOST A TOTAL OF 21 INCHES FROM MY BODY AND MY ENERGY LEVEL HAS INCREASED TREMENDOUSLY!!!
Ori has convinced me that I can accomplish anything that I want. My goals have changed. I am committed to reach my new goals of 210 POUNDS and a 36 INCH WAIST by the end of the year. Further, I am committed to maintain that loss through a fundamental change in life style.
It has been a wonderful first stage on my personal journey. It has not been easy. I am at the gym 6 days a week – 3 days of cardiovascular work and 3 days of weight training. Each session takes about 1-2 hours. I have fundamentally changed my diet – no more fried foods. I am not on a diet!! I have realized that diets are simply fads that do not have any long term hope of success. What a person has to do is commit to a lifestyle change. Portion control and good food choices do result in long term success.
I read recently that, as a person ages, in order to maximize himself he must commit in three areas. He must maintain and expand his social contacts. He must continue to grow intellectually. He must take care of himself physically.
MY JOB NOW IS TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF. IF I DO NOT DO THIS, I AM SHOWING DISRESPECT TO NOT ONLY MYSELF, BUT THOSE WHO LOVE ME.
What I have done and will continue to do is the most selfish and selfless act of my life.
PHOENIX FITNESS THANK YOU