Ten to Go: Kathleen —
‘I want my life back’

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Over the course of the next year, we’ll follow Kathleen as she embarks on a fitness journey. Let’s wish her well as she bravely shares personal details about her ups and downs along the way. Who knows, maybe her openness will help you get started on a fitness journey of your own. Feel free to cheer her on or ask questions here.

Kathleen Chandler | By Benjamin Weatherston

Kathleen Chandler | By Benjamin Weatherston

By Kathleen Chandler

Fifteen to 20 years ago I was in my best shape! Somewhere along the road I began to gain weight. It was very frustrating because even though I exercised for an hour or two several days a week, I kept gaining.

I resorted to fad diets; if there was a book on it, I read it and tried the diet. Low-fat, low-carb, high-protein, reduced-calories … to the point of making me crazy. Finally, I threw my hands up and gave up. I thought, Why am I working this hard just to lose the battle? Of course, when I stopped exercising and ate whatever I wanted, the weight came on even faster.

Now, my focus is not so much weight loss, but rather, I want my life back. I want to have energy, endurance and strength to do normal daily activities without feeling tired all the time. I want to be able to do a 30-mile bike ride again, and be able to load my bike in my car without risk of injury.

The first step was to start exercising on a regular basis again. I’m meeting with my personal trainer (Demond) four days per week. Just knowing I have that standing appointment keeps me consistent with my workouts. Consistency is one of my struggles because it’s hard for me to stay motivated. We live in a “microwave” society but sustainable weight loss is “crockpot”-style.

Demond Johnson

The author, Demond Johnson, is a retired combat veteran who coordinated the U.S. Army’s Weight Control Program. He owns A2 Fitness Professionals. Contact him at demond@a2fitnesspro.com or 734-222-5080.

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    Holly Hall

    April 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Go Kathleen! I started regular exercise up again in 2008….it makes everything better: how you look, how you feel, how well you sleep, everything. The only downside is the possibility of an injury. So be careful and get ready to feel great!