Our Members Know Why They Belong
Alan 'Doc' Whittler
103 inches lost
135.3 lbs lost
Before I started the program, doing normal day to day things
was getting tougher and tougher. At
first I thought it was just the aging factor and it was something I would have
to live with. But, being in the plumbing
business, there were crawlspaces I could no longer fit into. I would go to work and by the end of the day
I could barely move my knees and my feet hurt so much. Buying pain relief pills helped, but not all
that much. Kids are kids but it hurt my
feeling when they would look at me and call me fat. When a group got together and all we had were
camp chairs, I learned after wrecking a few that I should just stand or sit on
One day I just decided to do something about my problem, and
seeing Donna’s ads on TV I stopped in and made an appointment for the next
day. After making the appointment I
thought about my decision for the rest of the day. The time rolled around and I finally
convinced myself to go.
When I got to the center I was met by a bunch of hellos from
the staff. Kendra was my Membershop Specialist and
she went through all the steps that would hopefully get me down to a manageable
weight. We talked about diet, exercise,
coaches, trainers and everybody who would be part of my experience.
When I first started I took it
real serious and I was having some 8-10 pound weekly losses, along with some
weeks where it might only be 1 pound or even gaining a little. Once I got into a pattern of following the easy phases and listening to the coaches and trainers, I finally got into a groove
where I would lose a little every week. I got down to 266 pounds which beat my goal of 75
With that goal met I decided to get down to 225 which I did. For the last bit of
weight loss, I signed up with a personal trainer to firm myself up and lose
those last few pounds. Since I met my 2nd
goal I have been on maintenance and have lost around 2 pounds a month while
working out an average of 4 times a week.
When I first started the program, Life Success was mentioned
as a good tool for me to use to reach my goals.
As I was running my business I couldn’t squeeze the Life Success class, that was offered for free, into my
schedule so I downloaded the book and did it when I had time to sit down and
give 100% to the lessons. I learned
little tips on how to apply thinking and doing in weight loss, exercise,
financial areas, spiritual matters, time management and personal
communication. If you seriously read
what’s printed in those lessons and go in with a clear head, you will definitely catch something that could help you in life.
Along with Life Success I took a class called 12-12 where
you got different topics every week and you had to come up with a plan on how
the topic would change in a day, week, month, year, 5 years, etc. One of the topics was work and it got me
thinking about my job. After weighing
all the good and bad, I hired in at the University of Northwestern
Ohio as a maintenance person. I like the job and I’m meeting a lot of
people and making good contact with a lot of them.
People in the community always talked to me, but in a
professional way because I worked for so many of them. Since my weight loss and job change my
persona has changed and people, not just friends, are talking to me more. I’ve even been asked to become a reader at Mass.
As I sit here writing this testimonial (or confession!) I’m
thinking about how much has changed in my life in the last 30 months. I know I could not have done it unless I took
that first step. I’m not going to say
Thin&Healthy was a lifesaver, but without their training, schooling,
persistence and prayers, I just don’t know what would have happened to me. If the good people at Thin&Healthy could
turn around a stubborn person like me, everyone should beat down their door,
sign up and reap the rewards!