Now I Like Myself Better
Tony Abbis (71-year-old marketing consultant)
Through the years, I have always been active in sports - soccer, cricket, tennis, individual skiing, distance running - and had always been in the 170 to 176 pound weight range. With time, a by-pass operation, and a torn knee meniscus, though, I was down to just walking and playing doubles for exercise. I drifted between 186 to 192 pounds. I did not like myself, and my wife and I were looking for a change in lifestyle that would support the energy and activities that we both enjoyed. The diets we had tried were not effective long-term. They did not support our sports activities and induced cravings for "forbidden foods."
For my 70th birthday my wife gave me a three-month session with a personal trainer to see if we could develop an exercise program that would build flexibility and strength and reduce my dimensions. The results: aches, pains, and exhaustion, plus a feeling of futility over the grind of the routines. Lamenting the state of dissatisfaction one day, a friend he told me of his experience with Jerzy and Aniela's Happy Body program. It was 180 degrees different than what I was going through.
We decided to forego the planned visit to a spa and try The Happy Body program instead. The positive impact of the program was immediate. We started to lose weight, we had more energy, and the exercises were interesting and varied. Plus, we exercised at home, and it only took 45 minutes. Within 2 months I was 10 pounds lighter, had gained 6 pounds of muscle, and had a spring in my step again. The quality of my tennis game improved so much I started playing singles again and winning!
More proof of success is the reduction in medication that I had been taking to control my blood pressure and cholesterol levels. My doctor has currently stopped two of my cholesterol medications and reduced another by half. I have completely stopped needing to take two of the blood pressure medications, reversing my trend over the last few years of more and more pills.
I now like myself better, too. The weight loss (without food cravings, I should add) has reduced my belt size by 3 notches, and I feel that I have claimed back 15 years of my life. I am moving steadily towards my target weight and continuing to enjoy the exercises. I feel I am building a solid fitness base so I can enjoy the quality of life that I seek.