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1. DecisionPete had a number of reasons to take personal responsibility for his own current and future health. He had been too busy to take the decision. Too busy with work. Too busy with family life and hobbies taking up so much time. Late in December 2012, he decided that enough was enough. Having diabetes - and a diet that exacerbated the condition - Pete had his life in his own hands - for the time being, at least.
Pete signed up with Paul from PWR and committed to a 20 week programme to reduce weight and reduce dietary sugars.
2. Historical Review and Future planning
Pete and Paul discussed and created a realistic model of daily tasks to change Pete's lifestyle for the better. Breakfast, hydration, reduce carbs, start exercising. Once we'd discussed and chewed over how the plan fitted into the working and leisure activities of his life, we agreed on the things that Pete can do, rather than worrying about what he couldn't.
Pete joined a gym near his work, to which he takes a daily commute. Pete trains at the gym, taking slow and steady progressive steps on the range of 'cardio' machines. Pete and Paul train for one hour every week, including a measure up, weigh in, and repeat review of progress.
4. Long term
Pete has introduced the programme gradually and succinctly, taking all advice to the letter. He is learning about his new regime, and what works best for his body. Weight loss has been steady and consistent and with it has come stronger muscles, and increased 'cardio' fitness.
The result is a fitter body, reduced body fat levels, and boosted metabolism. The regime is not exhausting, and is fitting into Pete's lifestyle with some comfort. This gives it a good chance of long term success.
The key is determination. But seeing results along the way is very satisfying, and doubly so because the results are down to Pete's effort and commitment to himself.