HEALTH & FITNESS TESTIMONIAL
April 25, 2016
When I was a teenager and in my twenties, fitness came easy. I ate whatever I wanted and never gained a pound, in fact I had trouble gaining weight when I tried. I was extremely active; working out, playing sports, hiking, or biking on a daily basis. When I was 24 years old my body fat was less than 10 percent, and I had a six-pack. At age 25 I tore the ACL in my knee playing basketball. My activity level went way down and my daily calorie intake increased. Even though I continued to work-out in the gym regularly, I gained 10 pounds in that first year, then another 10 pounds over the next 10 years. As I moved into my forties, and my metabolism slowed, I gained another 10 pounds. I attributed my weight gain to my inability, due to my knee injury, to be as active as I used to be. I did try the HGC diet at one point, and lost 15 pounds, but some of my weight loss was muscle, I felt horrible, and didn’t feel like I looked very good. When the diet ended the weight came back over the next 3-4 months. I continued to believe that if I exercised more, that I would lose weight, but all that happened is I got hungrier and ate more.
In 2011 I went to work for a health food/supplement company. I started to learn more about the importance of a healthy diet. I learned from one of our fitness ambassadors, Tim McComsey, that health and fitness is more like 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise; that was the reverse of what I had always thought. During the summer of 2015 our company decided to have a contest to select an employee ambassador. Tim McComsey agreed to be our fitness coach, and nutrition specialist. He met with each employee and designed a personal meal plan to help him/her reach their health and fitness goals, and put together exercise routines for every employee. As I adopted Tim’s meal plan, and modified my exercise routine based on Tim’s suggestions, I started to see immediate results. I lost 8 pounds in the first 3 weeks, and actually was able to build some muscle. Over the next 8 months I was able to average 1.5 pounds per week in weight loss, and about .5 percent body fat loss per week. It was not a quick fix, rather it was a slow, consistent and methodical progression. In 9 months I lost 31 pounds and 15 percent body fat. My overall goal was to regain my six-pack, and after 8 months I achieved my goal. As a company (about 30 employees participated in the contest) we lost more than 530 pounds. Many of the employees, like me, were able to achieve their fitness goals, all of us were able to improve our health and well-being.
For me, it was a life changing experience. I sleep better, have more energy, and generally feel better about myself. I believe it has made me a more productive employee, and I feel like my experience has had a positive effect on my family and friends as well. I want to personally thank Tim for all of his help and support. I sent him an email once a week to update him on my progress and he always responded with positive feedback and suggestions. He also came to our office once a month to meet with us in person to modify our meal plans and work-out routines if necessary. I want to also thank my employer, Sunwarrior, for offering the program to the employees and helping us by supplying great health food supplements and an amazing work environment.