Loyola: My name is Loyola. I live in McKinney, Texas. I’m a director at an insurance company.
Why did you seek help?
Getting on three medications in my early 40’s and I thought, you know what, if I keep at this rate I’m not going to be around to raise my children. My parents are – my mom, her birthday’s November 3 and she’s going to be 79 and my dad is 80 and they’re both in excellent health. My mom was, oh I went to the gym yesterday morning and I was on the rowing machine for 30 minutes. And at that time when I was thinking about a workout program I couldn’t even walk up the street for 30 minutes yet let’s get on the rowing machine! I’m like, I’m going to let my 70-year-old mom have better fitness then me? And I thought, okay, you know, what it’s time!
What made you serious?
Diabetes is a terrible disease, it’s a chronic disease. I mean, it’s not – there’s nothing gracious about it. You will dye slowly. You may be looking at amputations or beign on insulin for the rest of your life.
Why Elect Wellness?
When you’re overweight you know, you’re embarrassed, you don’t like yourself, there’s self-esteem issues and so to really, really get to the core of so many issues, I mean, you need to be with someone that understands that intimacy and respects that and that’s what I felt.
It’s just a connection you knew and I knew I was talking to good people and then after really reading the Web site I knew that my faith was in line with the principals of your company as a believer and as a Christian I knew, okay, they understand where I’m coming from. They understand the background and I think that we’ll work well together and we did.
What did you learn?
I didn’t realize how many calories I was taking in and I didn’t realize by reducing the amount of calories that I would still feel satisfied.
You know, if I was driving to a meeting I would look at like the places, the fast food places that were on the way and which one was I going to select on the way back regardless of whether I was hungry or not?
I don’t do that anymore. My girlfriends, you know, instead of going to happy hour maybe we’ll go for a walk and to realize that it’s not about, you know, the wine or the food at happy hour, it’s about us getting together.
Tell us about the results…
I’ve lost 48 pounds and I’m continuing with the weight loss. I take one pill a day as opposed to taking, I think I was up to five or six. My glucose, blood glucose level, went from, I was averaging, 135 in the morning, my fasting and now my average is about 102.
The doctor’s prefer you to be under 110 in the morning. My resting heart rate, on the average, now it’s like about 71 and I think when I started the program it was like in the 90’s in resting, just sitting down. Who knew that it was taking that much for my body to work just to rest? That was a big eye opener.
How did you do it?
I had to commit to myself that I’m in this for the rest of my life that this is going to be something I was going to have to do for the rest of my life. So once I made the change in my mind, okay, this is what I’m going to do, then it made it simple, not easy but simple.
I think the best thing about what you guys did is that you came out and you evaluated and you looked at your staff and what my needs were and they just meet you where you are and, while I’ve never met your other trainers, I couldn’t have asked for a better person than (Susan) and I think that goes to the fact that, again, you get to know the people that you work with and so I was with the program for a year but I’m staying on it because there’s still a lot of weight to lose but based upon the tools that I received from Elect Wellness and the support they have, I feel strong enough where I can do this on my own.
What advice would you give yourself and others?
Don’t be a fool. You know, diabetes and high blood pressure they’re still out there. Your room for failure is minimal, outside of the fact that I just feel better. And I’m not going to say I’ve been an angel so, I mean, going through this process you’ve had – you know, there’s been hills and valleys and those valleys you just feel bad and then when you’re like, ah, okay, this is the way I feel. This is the way I deserve to feel!
Note: Your results may vary, depending on the both the level of your compliance with our program and strategies, and the speed at which your unique body responds.