I've been working with Bruce since 2014.
As it stands right now Bruce has lost nearly 70 pounds, he's lost over 10% body fat and he's lost over 4" off his midsection. All from nothing more than small, tiny lifestyle changes over time. As you will see, his biggest success came from tracking his food intake.
Not sure of the start date but our first meeting was in the studio downtown before you started BLT - and I know I was at least 72.
What caused me to come to you was a combination of my health problems and my wife's positive experiences training with you.
My heart problem in Nov-Dec of 2014 and my weight ( pushing 300 lbs in Dec 2014) were the primary driving factors. Because of Andy's positive experiences it was natural to train with you.
In the beginning we went slowly and I must admit I wasn't very serious about the training. The first positive that grabbed my attention was the improvement in my balance. I had hit a point where every so often I would fall. After a fairly short time working with you I noticed my balance had improved considerably and while we added other elements to the training, work on my balance and coordination continue to this day. Falling is now a thing of the past.
My weight came down slowly for a long time and by design there was no"diet" regimen. Diets had always worked to lose weight but never long term and the weight always came back. Why? Because I really had not changed my lifestyle - I had only hit a number goal and then returned to my old ways.
But when I finally started to utilize the "Lose It" program and track my food daily I started on a second round of progress. I despised tracking food on diets and resisted Lose It for a long time. But when I did put an honest effort toward it, it gave me information I never had before. Calories consumed of course, but perhaps more importantly the distribution of those calories - fat, carbs, protein and their percentages. No restrictions on what foods to eat, but I found I was starting to self restrict frequency and quantity of certain less productive foods. I also was beginning to learn the importance of eating enough food, and specifically protein, to keep up with whatever my physical output was for that day or period.
Physically I had another major adjustment to make before I would show any lasting improvement - I had to get in touch with my body and know what things were connected causing what reactions; when something was out of whack or really in tune, etc. I have always been terrible at isolating areas or muscles and getting to the point where I could purposely get them to do something. I am slowly seeing some breakthroughs here, but a long way to go.
What I have absorbed and continue to absorb is the tremendous interaction and coordination of all the physical and mental pieces to make the body react (positve or negative).
The more I learn, the more interested I am in continuing. I finally have a system that works, that is changing my attitude, and without question my overall health. And all of this after the age of 70 - who would have guessed??
None of this would have been possible without you Brenda - observing, listening, amazing knowledge, demonstrating, teaching me to breathe properly, pushing, pulling, and occasionally getting my attention verbally.
- Bruce Dale
Brenda L. Lewis
Working in the Health and Fitness Industry for over ten years now, I thrive on helping people