So the big reveal!
I have been given a wonderful opportunity to get into a better place physically and I am going
to chronicle the entire journey.
My physical decline started when we began our business during the recession in 2011. I am
sure you can relate to a life changing experience that enters your life causing everything else to
reshuffle. Exercise was the first to go and eating was whatever and whenever. Our focus was
Then I tore my meniscus. It took months for it to repair as I didn’t opt for surgery. I just couldn’t,
my insurance was garbage and the doctors could not reach a consensus. It felt risky at best
and foolish at worst. After about 6 months I was walking again and did what I did...ignored it.
Then the heart thing...
After a conversation about health with a dear friend last February I started a new line of
thinking. She was leaving the country for 3 years and felt a strong impression to get stronger
and healthier. We talked about it a lot but she did something about it while I kept talking.
She transformed her eating and exercise. When I tell you she simply looked incredible after a
few months I am not exaggerating. And my definition of incredible is how strong and vital she
became. And the enemy to all people, fatigue, was less, she simply felt so much better.
She told me about the place she was going to that brought about this change. It is called
Biometrix. She explained to me that it was like a team of people completely invested in your
well being.... truly a Wellness Center. People who worked together to get the most
comprehensive and personalized plan you could have to help you feel better.
Part of my problem (aside from inertia) is every time I think about working out I wonder what I
can do. The doctor keeps telling me my heart thing could happen again, so how far do I go? I
had no idea and it was a perfect excuse for me to not do more than walk.
Everything my friend described to me sounded like what I needed, accountability, structured
workouts and a nutritionist/dietician. What I was most concerned about was having people
around me who knew what to do with my particular physical challenges. Before I even stepped
foot inside the gym I had all my blood work done right on the premises with their specialists
and their equipment. They did a full blood panel including thyroid, vitamin levels, metabolic
panels, hormones and what she called preventive markers for inflammation. Want to know
what inflammation looks like up close? My feet are swollen most of the time causing a
resemblance to my Aunt Eunice.
Next they did an EKG, (test I am very familiar with) and then a full on dexascan which they said
would not only show my bone density but BMI....body mass index or “the true reveal”. Turns
out my number was pretty high, making me practically a solid. Each test was given by a patient
trained specialist. I am a veteran at tests but up to this point I had not gotten any tests that
were preventative. My focus is now on prevention. I had a Dexascan test last year as part of my
take-every-test-there-could-possibly-be-year, but they only checked to see my bone density.
Next was my fitness test which I desperately wanted to run into the dark Nevada night to
avoid. Everyone who worked there kept telling me this was my beginning. Who cares where
you are right now except to have a starting point? I reluctantly agreed with them but it sadly
didn’t stop me from seeing how far I was from the place I wanted to be physically. My fitness
evaluation was a series of aerobic tests, with the infamous bike, heart monitor, weights, and
timed tests. Suddenly I didn’t care how well I did with the tests, but concentrated on surviving
the tests...which I happily did.
Now they had enough information for me to get started working out. In the gym I have
someone who watches everything I do which gives me the confidence to work much harder
than I ever would have. My trainer takes my heart rate several times during the workout which
gives me another level of confidence and he never lets me do anything that could hurt me.
They have evaluated what I can do and that is what I do. The workouts are different every time
I go, incorporating aerobics with strength exercises. We have used a kettle bell, heavy ropes,
weights, rowing machine, elliptical, treadmill, heavy ball, bands, that big body ball and I have
only gone 5 times! One of the best parts is how quickly I am able to finish. From beginning to
end it is never more than 55 minutes...often 45 minutes, three times a week. This is a huge plus
for busy folks who have to carve out time for themselves.
I am only two weeks into this and what I have learned is why (I am so embarrassed to admit
this) I have a difficult time getting up from a chair. My quads are so weak it is hard to hold my
frame up without help. Sad? Actually scary. Also my core is so weak from the surgery I had I
know it will eventually lead to back problems. And last but certainly not least...my balance.
Balance is what keeps you from falling and mine is very tenuous. Another personal marker of
fear for me.
And one more thing....a therapeutic massage is included each week. The masseuse has your
workout sheet for the week and she knows everything you have done. So those are the
muscles she works on. Was I sore the first week? Yes I was but it was a controlled sore and not
a “hurt”. I have always looked at massages as a luxury, now I see them as part of the plan of
A wellness plan for Donna and I have only scratched the surface. Each week I will honestly
share my journey, and there is a great deal more to this program but I am just starting. I see my
health as a job now, a true responsibility.
Biometrix is subsidizing a portion of my monthly fee for an honest assessment of the program.