This month I want to honor Alan Hagstrom. After beating cancer and recovering from a bout of the shingles, Alan took a hold of life and is making huge improvements weekly. He decided to start tracking his food habits at the first of the year and learn what they are. Alan began reading about processed foods and refined sugars and their effects on his body. He lowered his overall sugar intake, increased his protein and veggies and works to consistently eat within his recommended calorie allowance.
Besides that, Alan is walking weekly with another Stronger U client, building social support into his routine. He’s visiting his local fitness center three times a week and increasing the distance he walks or bikes. He’s also gaining strength and balance in his workouts with me. In the last month alone, Alan has dropped 3lbs, 1.5% body fat, and 5 inches throughout his body (since he began training in 2010, he’s dropped 11 inches throughout his body!).
Alan says that what drove his current motivation were his health recovery and a desire to optimize his ability to enjoy life in the future. Additionally, he wishes to build on a “burgeoning new consciousness” of what it takes to feed and exercise his body correctly. Here’s what Alan has to say about his first quarter experience with our Cruise White Bear Lake contest:
“Thanks to Kristi and her focused good counsel, the Cruise White Bear Lake has turned out to be one of the best events I have ever taken on. Kristi has led me on a strengthening exercise program each week specifically designed for my personal situation, age, treatment recovery status, and general health. For exercise outside the sessions, while I am not jogging due to foot conditions long beyond my current control, I have been able to do plenty of walking with fellow Stronger U Fitness client Alan Wyman, with a neighborhood walking group, or on my own. Also, thanks to the availability of a fitness center for the town home association to which I belong, I have accomplished some treadmill walking and cycling indoors while waiting for the outdoors to be decent for regular walking and cycling. Walking with Alan Wyman has included discoveries of indoor areas for walking at the coliseum in the state fairgrounds and in the fascinating St. Paul Skyway system. That made the Cruise especially fun this time.
Perhaps the most educational and life changing aspect of this particular race, however, has been the nutrition discoveries online with Lose It! Keeping track of what I eat each day has made a significant difference in my perception of good eating and finding ways to get to my goal of healthy eating and weight loss. Kristi again has been key to this process, analyzing with me my daily and weekly patterns, helping me set achievable goals and encouraging me along the way. For the first time in years I am close to the weight that both feels good and looks right. Having lost about ten pounds in the first quarter of this year, I am on track to be where I want to be.”
Congratulations, Alan! Your zest for personal growth is inspiring!