4:17 PMMonday, November 30, 2020
Earlier than the state ordered gyms to quickly shut on Nov. 21, Mike Leonard was a frequent customer to the Plymouth Life Time Fitness.
“I am going to class twice every week and I work out up right here on Saturdays by myself,” Leonard stated.
Train is a precedence for this 64-year-old from Plymouth, however that hasn’t all the time been the case.
As not too long ago as August of 2019, Leonard weighed about 275 kilos. That’s when he determined he wanted to make a life-style change.
“I’ve had the ups and downs. And you realize previously, I’ve all the time misplaced the load. And I determine I might simply return to consuming once more as a result of I misplaced the load now, after which the issue got here again repeatedly and once more,” Leonard stated. “So this time I used to be dedicated to my well being and dedicated to getting myself again into form after which not going via the identical routine I’ve gone via many, many occasions.”
To perform that purpose, he sought the assistance of Life Time private coach Keri Anderson.
“Mike and I usually are not solely shopper and coach, however we’re pals at coronary heart,” Anderson stated.
Forming wholesome habits
The connection between a shopper and coach is a vital one, as one of many key steps to shedding pounds is constructing a basis of wholesome habits.
Over the course of the previous 12 months, Anderson helped Leonard make these small way of life adjustments.
“It’s not your on and off pattern food plan, the place you utterly fail,” Anderson stated. “You’re engaged on small behaviors they usually don’t really feel so daunting as duties. So lots of people that do it the suitable manner don’t have as a lot of a tough time happening and off the wagon.”
Nonetheless, lots of people most likely don’t anticipate a pandemic to hit in the course of the center of their weight-loss journey.
But whereas it was widespread for folks to pack on just a few kilos in the course of the preliminary COVID shutdown, that wasn’t the case with Leonard.
“I acquired to date into this journey that I misplaced about 30-35 lbs previous to COVID, and there’s no manner I used to be going to let this get sidetracked,” he stated. “It’s a must to maintain the self-discipline. You bought to maintain targeted.”
Through the months-long shutdown, he did simply that, with Anderson serving to him alongside the way in which.
“And we stayed involved all through the entire thing, simply nearly or over the telephone,” Anderson stated.
After beginning off weighing 275, he dropped 75 kilos — 25 of which have been misplaced in the course of the first COVID shutdown.
And he did all of it via wholesome consuming, train and self-discipline; which is one thing he plans to proceed throughout this present shutdown.
“We’re going to get via this. I’m not going to lose my self-discipline,” Leonard stated.