Four and a half months ago “Ness” was at breaking point.
“My weight has see-sawed for much of my adult life. I’d lose it and ultimately regain it – with interest. Then a friend recommended the Guy Leech 24 Week Exercise and Nutrition Program. Initially I was a little sceptical but I was at my wits end so I signed up. I’m so glad I did.
Right from the onset I learned my weight problem was the result of poor lifestyle choices I’ve been making since I was a kid. Since being on the program I haven’t focussed on “losing weight” but rather making smarter lifestyle choices and the weight has fallen off me as a consequence.
I’m only in week 18 of the program and already I’ve lost 12kg and I’m the lightest I’ve been in my adult life. More importantly I’m not focussed on the “weight” any longer but the “process”. I look forward to getting my weekly education modules along with Leechy’s informative videos and podcasts. Each week they give me another layer of understanding and practical guidance I can adapt and apply to my own circumstances.
The personalised exercise programs aren’t excessive and the nutrition plans are terrific. Guy’s online support, driven by qualified dietitians and exercise physiologists, is incredible. If I drop his team a note within 24 hours I’ve got a detailed, personalised response to my query. You just can’t beat that! I look forward to the next 6 weeks of the program and I realise that the end of the program is actually the start of the rest of my life!
I look forward to the challenge of maintaining and building upon all I’ve learned from Guy and his team for the rest of my life. In a little more than 4 months I’m in a completely different head space to where I was before joining Guy’s program and for the first time in a long time I’m excited with the direction my life is heading.
I’m doing it, anyone can! Thanks Leechy – you and you’re team are making a real difference to people’s lives.” Nessie
Brad Ballis turns 50 this year and he’s a lucky man.
“I looked at my lifestyle and realised I was on the fast-track to disaster. My father had had a triple bypass and my younger brother Cam had had five bypasses just last year. I didn’t want to end up in the same boat. I’ve always felt fat and uncomfortable and just going out was always hard – unless it was to the drive thru to pick up some takeaway!”
Physically and psychologically Brad had come to a cross-road in his life. His cholesterol and blood pressure was elevated, he was experiencing chest pains and he was on strong medication His height to weight ratio (BMI) put him into the morbidly obese range and his doctor was most concerned.
Brad was keen to take charge of his life and the Guy Leech Food and Exercise Program came along just at the right time.
“Right from the start of the program I learnt that being over-weight was simply the result of a series of poor lifestyle choices. The program teaches you to change those lifestyle choices and the weight loss just happens. The best thing is it isn’t hard. I just started swapping the junk I was eating and drinking for better food choices. Instead of living on Coke I replaced it with water and now treat myself with a Coke Zero every now and again. I now also exercise at least 30 minutes a day. It is now nothing for me to walk 7 or 8km in 90 minutes and in the next 12 months I’m going to run a half marathon (21.1km).”Brad’s blood pressure has come down, his chest pains have subsided and his doctor has been able to lower his medication. By midway through the program Brad’s body weight had already decreased 14kg and he’s lost a staggering 20cm from around his gut.
“I can’t explain how much better I feel, how much clearer my mind is, how much happier my family and I are. This program is changing our lives. The best thing about it is anyone can do it. Once you make that decision this program gives you the education and tools.”
Dean Mossman works for the railways in Mackay, Qld and he’s the proud, 40 year old dad of 3 young girls.
About 12 months ago, aged 39, Dean had a mild heart attack!
“Before the heart attack I was a smoker and I didn’t care what I ate. I played rugby league into my late 20’s and watched my dad die of a heart attack at the age of 51, but I still made no time for health and wellbeing. People tried to warn me that I was on course to disaster but my attitude was; ‘she’ll be right, it won’t happen to me’. In June of last year a few mates asked if I’d play touch footy with them. I thought, sure, I’m still pretty fit.
How wrong I was! On June 6th, 2010 I had a mild heart attack.”
Following an operation Dean started to do a little walking but his weight ballooned. Dean felt terribly weak and concerned about his long term future and what would happen with his family.
On May 9th of this year Dean enrolled in the Guy Leech 24 Week Behavioural Change Program. Upon commencing the program he weighed 115kg, had a BMI of 35.6 (which put him in the morbidly obese, high risk range) had a waist measurement of 111cm, very high blood pressure and was on a cocktail of drugs to control his ailments.
“This program has been a turning point in my life. It’s not a diet, it’s a complete lifestyle change for me. It’s not about losing weight, it’s about improving how I feel.
This program has given me the energy to do the things I want to do. Before the program I couldn’t jog more than 50 metres, now, in the 9 weeks I’ve been on the program, I’m jogging up to 4km, swimming a kilometre and riding my bike for up to an hour at a time. I feel like a new person!”
Even though Dean hasn’t focussed on the weight loss, his weight has plummeted 17kg down to 98kg and his waist measurement is down to 96cm and Dean’s blood pressure is now back within the normal range.
“My long term goal is to live as long as I can, enjoy every day and watch my girls grow old. Without the Guy Leech 24 Week Behavioural Change Program there’s no doubt I’d still be struggling with my health. Now I have a clear path forward and I feel a lot more positive about my future.”
Dean is one of the lucky ones. He had a “warning” – a mild heart attack. The majority of people don’t wake up after a heart attack. The symptoms associated with diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. are subtle and sneak up on you over decades of poor lifestyle choices.
Don’t wait til you get a “subtle” warning like Dean had – most people aren’t that lucky!