Mike started on his weight loss journey after a fall on holidays in Bhutan left him with a fractured ankle. Having not been to a gym since high school, his physiotherapist suggested he get on an exercise bike to exercise the healed injury.
After his initial intimidation at returning to a gym after so long, a 120kg Mike began seeing results from his training sessions and got motivated to do more. Whilst on a weekly business trip to Sydney, he asked his boss for advice. His boss suggested Mike head to his Personal Trainer, Jake, for some guidance and a training regime that would deliver him some better results than the bike alone.
“I played a lot of golf and swam but I certainly had no structure to my physical activity at that point,” says Mike.
Mike began losing weight fast with Jake, who one day suggested he should couple his training with nutrition advice from a dietitian at the Wesley LifeShape Clinic back home in Brisbane.
“After a consult at the Brisbane City clinic, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. I’ve always been a meat and potatoes kind of guy and I was given all this advice on things like vegetable portions. I wouldn’t say I liked the sound of the program,” laughs Mike. “However I was interested in it and very motivated to do more.”
While he had some reservations, Mike went into the program wholeheartedly and the weight started to fall off. In his first few weeks, he and his Dietitian worked out 10kg would be a great goal to aim for on his LifeShape 6 program. However this was quickly revised as he surpassed the 110kg, 100kg and 90kg milestones.
After his LifeShape 6 program, Mike has now lost approximately 35kg and is now on maintenance.
“Clearly, I feel fantastic. I don’t sit still for very long anymore. Having 35 less kilograms opens up possibilities. However it’s stuffed my golf game,” laughs Mike. “Golf is all about dynamics, but all things considered that’s a pretty small downside! I was recently away for a week and for six days on the course, I didn’t get any shin splits as I had in the past and had no trouble walking the course. I tracked all of my physical activity with my FitBit. I played a crap game of golf though!”
Mike’s found part of his success is due to continuing to track his eating and activity with his FitBit and the My Fitness Pal phone application.
“What’s worked for me is the discipline. I was set up with a plan and I’m accountable to others. Between appointments at the Brisbane City clinic I kept track of how I was going and at my weekly appointments I would go through it with my Dietitian who suggested I could be doing this or that differently,” says Mike. “I also saw Jake most weeks who would work through my exercise program with me.”