Travis Hayes

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My Success Story

Like most of America, I would usually spend my Tuesday nights sitting in my La-Z Boy, eating a third slice of pizza, and watching ‘The Biggest Loser.’ I’m just kidding… I wouldn’t eat three slices of pizza while watching ‘The Biggest Loser’…usually it would be at least four or five slices. But as I sat there, I saw my family, and my life passing before me. I have a wife and two little girls…energetic girls. I realized that unless I made a change in my lifestyle, I would not be able to fully enjoy watching them grow up and participating in their lives. I knew that they would look back at their childhood and see that they didn’t have a father that could really play with them…or at least nearly as much as I should have played with them. As I sat in that chair, I thought, what kind of role model will I be for my daughters? If I continue this sedentary lifestyle, will my wife and daughters look up to me?

Finally, at the prodding of some friends, I joined a Biggest Loser-style contest. Several of us agreed to begin an exercise regimen under Kelsey’s supervision. Four of us started in this competition: One person made the initial consultation, but ‘waited for his doctor’s approval,’ and then never showed up. A second person made it to one or two sessions before giving up. The third person lasted about a month before he dropped out. After only one month, I was the ‘winner,’ or in this case, the ‘biggest loser’ by default. However, I was not going to give up. Since September, I have been seeing Kelsey twice a week, and with her help and motivation, I have lost nearly 60 pounds. Strength training, aerobic training…I am doing push ups…something I hadn’t done since high school. I am running over four miles, several times a week. And with any luck, this summer, I’ll be running a half marathon. Exercise and diet is helping me to lose the weight. Creating an active lifestyle will help me keep it off.

I’m not going to kid myself. I couldn’t have done this on my own. I needed Kelsey’s help. I needed her to push me to do more, to lift that weight one more time, to push harder on the spinning bike, to force me to eat differently. Positive LifeForce has made a difference in my life and I am grateful for the difference it has made. And while they are too young to really understand or appreciate it now, eventually I believe that my daughters will be grateful as well. Being able to live a longer healthier life, while enjoying my family…that has made it all worthwhile.

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