My name is Mark. I am 56 years old and the father of two grown children. I am a firmware engineer - my typical day includes way too much time in front of my computer - one of the hazards of my occupation. I’ve always tried to do something active, such as walking, biking, roller blading or hiking, but it never became a regular activity. Back in my college days, I used to ski, bicycle and run. Over time, my life became more sedentary, I put on weight and got out-of-shape. At my annual physical last year, I weighed almost 280 lbs. and was borderline hypertensive. High blood pressure runs in my family.
Many of my friends and family are experiencing health-related issues as we age. I lost my younger brother recently to a health-related illness. I was not content to accept that fate and decided that I needed to make a change in my life.
I noticed that a co-worker had slimmed down, and I asked her about that. She told me about Farrell’s. The structure of the program appealed to me and I became a member last fall. I worried that I was too out-of-shape, so I prepared by walking on my treadmill for an hour each morning before work. To reduce boredom, I streamed episodes of “The Walking Dead”. I made it to the middle of season 4 before starting at Farrell’s last January.
I attended the Friends and Family week before I started, to get a taste of what I was in for. I was a little apprehensive, but found the environment welcoming, supportive and fun.
When I started the 10-week program in January, I weighed in at 265 lbs. After 10 weeks, I was down to 232 lbs., I had lost 33lbs.* I had to buy new clothes for the 10-week party. I felt really good about that. I enrolled for another year – my transformation will be a permanent part of my life.
At my annual physical this year, after completing the 10 weeks, my blood pressure was normal . . . actually really good! My doctor (also a FIT member at Shoreview) called me a ‘Rock Star’.
As a new FIT member, I still found some of the exercises to be a challenge. Instructors would say, ‘You can do it’, but I was struggling. Recently I’ve turned the corner. When I hear ‘you can do it’, I know that I can. Bring on those challenges! The structure of the program keeps me interested and motivated. I go to the 6AM class. I’ve skipped only one Saturday since I started, due to a commitment to a friend.
Since January, I’ve lost 60 lbs.* As I approach my goal of weighing 200 pounds, I am now more focused on increasing muscle mass than on weight loss. I’ve got more energy, stamina, and flexibility. People that I’ve not seen for a while are amazed at my transformation. I recommend Farrell’s to everyone.
Mark is a FIT Member at our Shoreview, MN Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping location.