Project 250: Tewksbury Sports Club Joins The Team!
Aug 26, 2015 08:30AM ● Published by Bill Gilman
The battle has been joined!
And make no mistake, losing weight and transitioning to a healthy lifestyle is a battle. You face many enemies along the way.
In my case, those enemies include sloth, frustration, discouragement and cookie dough ice cream to name a few.
But I'm not battling alone. In my quest to go from 426 pounds to 250 pounds, I have an exceptional group of teammates at the Lowell General Hospital Center for Weight Loss Management, including a nutritionist, a psychologist, a cardiologist and, of course, my surgeon. (Speaking of which, I will be meeting with my surgeon next month and hopefully setting a date for my gastric bypass surgery.)
But the Project 250 team has added a powerful new teammate to the roster. Pat Catino and Tewksbury Sports Club is now sponsoring my effort! Pat has generously provided me with a membership to TSC and a personal trainer to guide me along the way.
If you have never been to Tewksbury Sports Club you really need to stop by for a tour. The place is huge. There are hundreds and hundreds of pieces of fitness equipment spread over three floors.
If you are at a point where climbing stairs is out of the question, no problem, there is an elevator.
The clientele is a mix of old and young, male and female, athletes and, well, folks like me. In fact, TSC and it's trainers specialize in helping folks whose weight is at a point that it could cause serious health problems, lose in a healthy, steady manner.
You might recall Your Tewksbury Today ran an article earlier this year on the Tewksbury Sports Club "Biggest Winner" program. That is what inspired me to reach out to Pat Catino and his team. I saw how they have helped many people lose 50, 75, or even over 100 pounds through their program.
They don't sit in judgement of a 400-pound man. Rather, they embrace him and help him on the road to good health and fitness.
My trainer is a young woman named Kait Taylor. I can't say enough about her commitment, her attitude and her approach. My first session with her was all at once exciting, a bit scary (as is anything new) and exhilarating.
She pushed me and she encouraged me. She tested me and taught me the science behind the specific exercises and the overall fitness strategies.
But mostly, Kait gave me hope -- hope that a man who was once played high school basketball and baseball and was fairly active into his early 30s, might be able to re-discover that man in his 50s.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13
And God has given me an outstanding team to help me on my journey.
STATUS UPDATE:: I weighed in on Monday, Aug. 24 at 404 pounds!!!!! That means I have lost 22 pounds and have reached the required weight loss to have the surgery!