Working with Dr. Norwood has given me the ability to say “I used to…”
I used to stop at the drive through window at Jack in the Box on my way home from the gym and then wonder why I wasn’t losing any weight. I used to binge drink coffee and Red Bull while working a high stress night shift job and then struggle to sleep well the next day or ever feel rested. I used to think that being fit and healthy meant hours of gym time a day. I used to carry around an extra 40 lbs. of fat on my 6’4” frame that I no longer burden my joints and my back with. My new lifestyle is, quite literally, a weight off of my shoulders.
The learning that I did was just as big a part (if not bigger) of the entire process as exercising my body was. I have been coached to understand that there are many important parts to achieving the healthy lifestyle that I desired and that none of them can be ignored. My process went like this. We set a weight and body fat percentage goal to be achieved in a reasonable time frame.
In my case that goal was to lose about 40 pounds over about eight months and reduce my body fat to 16% from about 28%. I knew that if I wanted to reach the goal I would need to eat the right food, drink water, commit to the exercise, sleep, and find a way to relieve stress. And no more sugar injections to stay awake. It’s bad for my joints and it zaps the energy that I’ll need to accomplish the other things on the list. I needed to hold myself accountable. I needed to, actually I wanted to, be accountable to Dr. Norwood as well. I wanted to because of the friendship that we formed and the genuine enthusiasm that came from him as we began to achieve my goal.
I scheduled 3 sessions a week that lasted 30 minutes each. I was responsible for moving my body in some fashion for 45 to 60 minutes the other days of the week. The sessions in the gym were customized to how my body was responding to yesterday’s workout or the day that I had at work. Dr. Norwood was able to modify the workouts in such a way as to protect my back if it was sore but still work the part of my body that needed to be exercised on that day. The goals that I had set wouldn’t be completed overnight.
I learned that sometimes it’s best to just protect the work that we did yesterday and take cues from my body that will let me know when it’s time to press forward again. The workouts were never more than I could handle but they were tough! And they should be! And the harder I worked in the gym, the more effort I put into making sure that I ate right, drank water, slept well, and managed stress so that my body would have the fuel it needed to operate at its maximum potential the next day.
I get a buzz from all of it. I have energy. I realize that I have a more positive outlook on life. I was able to take charge of my health again. My motivation for seeking out Dr. Norwood in the first place was to stop that helpless feeling that I had. I knew that I was aging and that I was unhealthy.
I felt that if I didn’t take control of that part of my life RIGHT NOW!! that I was going to wake up one day and be older, heavier, and more stressed when it would be even harder to reverse. I learned that I needed to make time for that half hour to an hour of physical activity a day. It didn’t need to be hours at the gym. I began to think ahead when it came time to plan meals and snacks so that I didn’t find myself in a situation where the drive through was the only option. I stopped being alright with the excuses that I was making.
Dr. Norwood was the complete guide for my journey. He put me in a position to do the hard work in the gym and his coaching outside of the gym has helped me to mold the habits that will protect my healthy lifestyle for many years.
Eliot B. – Financial Consultant