“I started working out 20 years ago after looking in the mirror and being confronted with the image of an over weight, out of shape, young man. I decided to make a life style change, which included working out regularly and better eating habits. For almost two decades I maintained a healthy weight and fitness level.
In April of 2007 I received devastating news, a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In order to destroy the five tumors hidden inside my body I underwent eight months of chemotherapy. The treatments left me physically drained and I was unable to maintain my previous level of fitness. One of the things I missed most during this time was the stress relief exercise had provided me.
My final treatment was in February of 2008. The following November I was given the go ahead to resume my physical activities. When I returned to the gym, I weighed in at 250 pounds. I immediately got to work. After four months of cardio and weight training 6-7 times a week, my pre-cancer fitness levels returned, as well as a weight loss of 25 pounds. I feel better than ever! More importantly, I am able to compete in the Heavy Events at the Highland Games again.
The most important advice I can offer anyone who is thinking about making a lifestyle change is to do it for you and no one else. It is all about making healthy choices, including working out and proper nutrition, to be fit. The key to a satisfying life is ensuring your are healthy both physically and mentally. Regular physical activity is a proven method to decrease stress levels. The more exercise you get, the happier you will be. It’s that simple.”
Rick Blair, 44, Carpet Cleaner