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Support is Key- Jay's Weightloss Journey.

Posted by Heather Blake

Jul 6, 2013


On September 9th 2010, I weighed in at a whopping 337 lbs.... I know the day and the weight so well because that's the day my doctor said he wouldn't operate on my hip because he was worried Iwouldn't be able to do the physical therapy needed to rehab. He said that if I could prove to him that Iwas motivated by losing just 25 lbs. he would schedule the replacement. This made me take a closelook at my lifestyle since the day I retired from the Army.... In 2003 I came home from Iraq wounded and ittook 14 operations too get me to the point where I could live a normal life again. I was suffering fromPTSD and depression after leaving the only life I had know for 24 years. My way of dealing with all of thiswas to eat and I mean eat EVERYTHING!!!!! I went from a 6'1" 185 lb. soldier serving in the special forcesover three wars to a 330 lb. man who was acting like his life was over.

After Dr. Boucher told me what I weighed and all that went with it, I decided to give myself one last try at being healthy. I joined Merritt and was amazed at not only what the club does for you physically but also themental benefits. Thanks to a great group of people helping me led by Cindy,Lauren, Spencer and Michelle, I have now lost over 155 lbs. and as of thiswriting weigh 171 which is less than what I weighed in college. My body fat% while still a work in progress has gone from 44% down to 17%. The bestnews of all is that after 18 times under the knife, I have now gone twoyears with no major health issues and I thank Merritt for a big part of this.

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I Think I Can Do it on My Own

Posted by Heather Blake

Aug 28, 2012

Many people have the idea “I think I can do it on my own.” I like the confidence behind it but what about the tough times. Are you going to continue to push for you goal as the weather changes? What if you get a minor injury will you continue to exercise around the injury? With that, do you have the knowledge rehab the injured area? What I am trying to bring to your attention is information is out there so learn more.

Professionals learn from other professionals all the time. Personal trainers and group fitness instructors are no different. In addition, people become motivated by the people they are surrounding themselves with. Having a supportive social group behind you helps keep motivation up. Furthermore, it provides an outlet to talk about issues or success to inspire or learn from someone else. Knowledge is power. The more you learn about the body and how it functions, the better you will be at training your body. My message to you is seek advice and learn to get better. There is always something else to work on.

Written by: Leigh Nielsen

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