From the day I was asked to write my Star Profile story all I could think about was I was going to write. Not sure how to begin, I began reading other Star Profile stories to get a sense of what they had written about. I soon discovered we all had something in common: we were not happy with our weight and it was affecting our quality of life. With the help of BBD we all decided to do something about it.
So here’s where my story begins. For me there were many wake-up calls about my weight gain, but for a long time I chose to ignore them. However, there was one wake-up call I couldn’t continue to ignore. In 2006 I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib), which was causing my heartbeat to race erratically, up to 300 beats per minute. As a result, I was placed on heart medication to help control it. Even on medication my heart rate would beat erratically at 120-plus beats per minute at rest. To help reduce stress on my heart my cardiologist recommended I lose weight. For a number of years I tried dieting, exercising on my own, running, etc. … losing a few pounds here, but only to gain them back, and then some. Then family and friends who were members at BBD were encouraging me to join. But I kept procrastinating and shrugging them off, telling them I know what I’m doing. I finally broke down, and in 2011 I very hesitantly decided to join, but at the time thought to myself, “Aren’t personal trainers for out-of-shape movie stars?” I planned to go to one session and then stop, telling my family and friends that it wasn’t for me. As I would find out this couldn’t have been further from the truth.
In March 2012 I underwent a heart procedure known as a Heart Ablation, which has a first-time success rate of 60-70% with many people suffering from A Fib having to undergo the procedure a second or third time. To date I no longer suffer from A Fib. I am happy to say I am off of my heart medication, my heartbeat is down to the low 50s and it is no longer erratic. This would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the help of my personal trainers at BBD. I know this to be true because my cardiologist advised me that my conditioning would increase the odds of the Heart Ablation working the first time. And it did!
Along with my past heart condition I suffer from arthritis, which can limit my mobility because of the joint pain. My arthritis even forced me to stop playing basketball – a sport I loved playing for many years. The condition simply made running and jumping too painful.
Each of my trainers were made aware of my arthritis and heart condition, and designed my workout routine taking this into consideration. This is one of the best aspects about using a personal trainer. I show up at BBD and my program is designed specifically for me. If I am not able to do a certain exercise my trainers quickly modify it for me. How easier can it be? I just show up and follow my trainer’s instructions. I would never have had the knowledge or have been able to do this on my own.
I can honestly say that joining BBD was the best thing I could have done for “me.” After all, we take the time to tune our cars, motorcycles, homes, etc., and somehow forget about what should be the most important thing: “tuning” our own mind and body. With the help of my trainers Michael and Jason my weight is significantly lower and my mind and body are in the best shape they have been in a very long time. I no longer feel sluggish and self-conscious about my weight. I am also happy to report that I am back to playing basketball two times a week and will continue to do so for a long time.
When it comes to weight loss and getting back in shape there is no magic pill. You are your own magic pill. “Aspire to Inspire” – it really works. Just read the Star Profile stories.
A very heartfelt thank-you to BBD and my trainers Michael and Jason for helping me.