My story begins one fateful day in September at Hilton Head Health. It was hotter than hell in Hilton Head, SC. It was my first week at H3, and on that particular day, I decided to try treading. Every other day there was another class I wanted to take at the same time that treading was offered. Let me just say, that in the 2 weeks I was at Hilton Head, I NEVER again tried treading.

So what happened on that day … I jumped on a treadmill. Sounds easy enough. Anyone can do treading (I said to myself). I just happened to select the treadmill in front of that day’s instructor but I didn’t know that because he wasn’t there yet and I didn’t know the class. I will never forget that hour in my life. The instructor was loudly encouraging the group and doing all kinds of crazy things. If you haven’t been to treading class, it is worth it for the entertainment value alone!

I thought I was going to die in treading. I couldn’t breathe. I was in terrible shape coming to H3. I didn’t EVER exercise (I thought exercise was walking from the parking garage in my building to my office). I had lots of weight to lose. I didn’t get enough sleep. I didn’t eat well. I worked too much. During that treading class, I asked the instructor if he knew CPR and if he could save me if I passed out. I thought I was going to die. He kept encouraging me to keep it slow, don’t do this, don’t do that. Then every few minutes in a soft and caring voice, he was making sure I was ok. He watched me constantly. I told him that I was going to quit. I couldn’t go on. He said very calmly that yes, I could do it. He monitored me throughout the class. Maybe he was nervous he’d have to do CPR! I am proud to say that I did finish the class!

At about the same time when I was at H3, I decided to sign up for personal training. I enrolled in three PT sessions. I was scared. The PT was great. He was very encouraging. I am so uncoordinated, I am surprised he didn’t fire me on the spot. 

So you may wonder, how has it gone? It has now been six months since I was at Hilton Head Health. It’s hard to believe that in only 6 months I have completely changed my life. Most of those bad habits are gone. I have now lost 50 pounds and I am 15 pounds from what my doctor says should be my goal weight. That, alone, is a miracle since I don’t ever remember being at an ideal weight. I am now exercising at least 3-4 times weekly – even though I don’t really like it. I am getting more sleep and I am working fewer hours and I am eating very healthy. Also, my blood tests when I arrived at Hilton Head Health were all in the danger zones (for example, my cholesterol was 207). Because they were all borderline, my doctor was primarily concerned about pre-diabetes. Now, six months later, all my results are normal and many of all my numbers have gone down over 50 points (my cholesterol is now 140) and I am no longer in the pre-diabetes category. My doctor is thrilled.

I owe ALL my success to H3 and, to a lesser extent, my motivation and determination. I will be completely clear, without H3 and the coaching sessions, I probably would have quit a long time ago. It is a challenge, especially when I had so many changes to make and when everyday life brings stresses and other critical priorities (from work or family or whatever). It would have been so easy to quit and in the past, I did quit. I have made it through so many challenges, such as the holidays, visiting family, Super Bowl parties, travel, work stress, home stress, etc. Every step of the way, the H3 staff was there to encourage me. They never faltered even when I faltered. They have been there to pick up the pieces and encourage me to keep going. They helped me come up with strategies to deal with every issue both big and small.


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