It’s incredible what a powerful tool exercise can be when we have the proper motivation. When I bumped into Viola one evening I hardly recognized her. The transformation she had made in a few short months was stunning! I asked her to share her story…I hope you find it as inspirational as I did:
My name is Viola DeHaro and I have been a member of the gym on and off for the past 20 years. I can still remember Julie working at the desk and your sons were there at times. I loved the different classes you offered; back then our favorite was the Step with Beth. My kids are all grown now and I retired in November 2010. I was already overweight and gained another 40 pounds after retirement.
I have high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease and an old knee injury that has a way of creeping up every once in a while. This past September my blood work, which is checked every 3 months, came back positive for diabetes. The doctor informed me I would have to start taking another pill which would only cause more kidney damage. I was already taking 3 pills daily to control my BP and 1 pill for cholesterol. I asked him to let me try to get a handle on my weight problem and I was going to start going to the gym on a regular basis. So in October I started my journey.
At first I could only do 2-3 minutes on any machine and I was DYING. I went almost every day for the first 2 months. I did only cardio and most of it on machines you can sit down on and exercise. My knee didn’t hurt like on the treadmill. I now could last 30 minutes on the treadmill. Hurrah! I would not leave until I had burned 300 calories working out. After 6 weeks of exercise and a daily intake of 1200 calories I was no longer a diabetic…I had lost 15 pounds and was back in the pre-diabetic zone.
After four months of 4-6 workouts a week at your wonderful gym I was having trouble getting my heart rate up. So after a visit to my Doctor he decided to take me off one of my blood pressure pills. Hurrah, it worked–I was now able to get my heart rate up. After six months of this program I had lost 40 pounds and was no longer pre-diabetic and my cholesterol reading had also dropped. So the doctor took me off another BP pill and the cholesterol pill.
So to make a long story short, since October I have lost 52 pounds and have eliminated 2 BP pills and 1 cholesterol pill. I was able to accomplish this with really just eating less and exercising. After losing 40 pounds I started taking classes again. I really enjoy the Cardio Dance class with Lana and the Baila Beats. I love how you offer so many options for us older members.
Thank you HealthQuest and Tony for your vision.