Love celebrating anything with this group. “Bikers” – from Rosemount to Surly and back. Tim, Marcia, John, and Grace
What did life look like before you focused consistently on nutrition and fitness?
My life before focusing on fitness at The Warehouse looked pretty similar to what it does now: with a family I love, friends I love, and hobbies I love. My story lacks the inspiring before and after pictures of transformation found in other stories. There are however some transformations that I can share.
What made you decide to make a change?
A few years ago I visited my doctor for an annual check-up. At the conclusion of my appointment, he said my blood sugar levels were “pre-diabetic”, my cholesterol levels were elevated, my weight was approaching an unhealthy level, and I would need to make changes or face significant health issues. In my socially-awkward and poorly-timed attempt at humor, I said “you keep talking like this, and I’ll have to find a new doctor”. He didn’t laugh.
After reflecting on his message, I didn't laugh either. The information really surprised me because I was so active, which I equated to being healthy. My wife Marcia says I am always working on something and never sitting still so the news surprised me.
To make a change, I purchased a used road bike and started pedaling during nicer weather. I ride up to about 2,000 miles a season and now have multiple bikes for different rides and conditions.
I started looking for something that I could do when not biking. At first I joined Anytime Fitness and eventually switched over to The Warehouse. I have Brett Boyum to thank as he offered me his Golden Ticket and invited me to be his work out partner. I am grateful he did.
What has changed (race times, blood work, attitude, etc)?
I don’t race ; I ride so there were no changes in times. However, now the prospect of a 100 mile bike ride isn’t terrifying anymore.
I am no longer pre-diabetic, and my cholesterol is managed by diet, exercise, and an Rx.
My doctor tells me that whatever I am doing, keep at it. Our post exam discussions go much better--although I am still trying to get him to laugh. (It is still not working).
The change I have most noticed is an improvement in my attitude. I love being surrounded by positive people encouraging and congratulating each other (even if they are not the best in class).
I love how Marc, Nickie, Jeanine, and Paul are positive leaders and genuinely happy to see members at 5:00 a.m. I love how they let me hang in the back row, make my modifications, and still encourage me, knowing that I am working on MY best.
I love having my daughter join me during her school breaks. Simply said, I love it all...even burpees.
Working out in the morning is a great way to feel accomplished and a very positive start to my day. Marcia says she is amazed that I get up so early, make coffee, catch some news, and then head to class. For me, the positive energy and feeling of accomplishment makes it easy.
While I do not have dramatic or inspiring before and after pictures, I can say that I am healthier at 53 than I was at 40.
Thank you Warehouse trainers, staff and fellow 5:15 a.m.’ers!
Yes I can!