Member of the Month Donna Shannon began water aerobics classes at Therapyplus after her doctor recommended them. She has attended approximately three days a week for three years. “The class has made a huge difference in my mobility and my life,” Donna described. “I’ve lost 25 pounds, and my goal is to lose 25 more.”
Saying she truly looks forward to the class, Donna explained, “Another plus about our class is the friendly atmosphere from the instructor to our members. Plus the entire staff greets me with a smile and hello.”
Her challenge is to keep her joints moving, “If for some reason I have to miss class, I am stiff.” Her biggest temptation is chocolate and sweets, but she mentioned her diet is restricted by diabetes. She is most motivated by seeing the difference the class makes. “The best compliment I’ve received is that some members have noticed my weight loss, and that’s encouraging.
Prior to December 23, 1994, Member of the Month Lonnie Ladson’s life primarily consisted of routine work and family responsibilities. On that date he reported to St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta for balloon angioplasty only to be told he wasn’t a candidate. The doctors told him that he needed quintuple bypass heart surgery before leaving the hospital. They explained that his work didn’t replace a quality exercise routine and that he needed to lose 50 pounds or his life span would be shortened.
Knowing it was time to make a serious change; he started doing two hours of exercise daily and lost down to 198 pounds.
Lonnie decided to join Therapyplus Fitness because of the wide variety of things he could do. His normal routine includes a mixture of cardiovascular exercise and some resistance training with weight machines. Joining Therapyplus in February of 2008, he has been extremely consistent since that time. In addition to his exercise he tries to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. His suggestions to others include losing excess body weight, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and including exercise at least one hour a day.
Lonnie has done a wide variety of work in the last 75 years. He’s been a farmer, recruited farm labor, taught school, been a college administrator, and worked for the state of Georgia. His hobbies include wood-working and exercising.
Lonnie described his goals/accomplishments, “Have a good family, live a good life, be financially secure.” He also stated that you need to live each day as if it is your last and to enjoy what you are doing. “I’ve been blessed to have met most of those goals,” Lonnie said. When he first became a member he required the use of an electric wheel chair and now there is no slowing him down.