Member of the Month Brandon Ford
Contributed by Jack Morris
Lao Tzu, a famous philosopher and poet from ancient China, once said “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” If we intend on going anywhere in life we have to be willing to take that first step. When we do decide to start making our health a priority it makes a huge difference in how we feel, act, and our level of productivity. Our member of the month for June has taken that step in the right direction and is really getting great results. On behalf of Therapyplus Fitness, I want to congratulate Brandon Ford for earning member of the month for June 2014.
Brandon’s first step in the right direction was to join Therapyplus Fitness. He said “I love the friendly employees. Jack, Shelia, Philip, Kaz, Jacob, Jake, and Lucas are all great people.” Brandon wanted to make a lifestyle change. He knew he needed to make taking care of his body and his health a priority and wanted to inspire others to do the same. His suggestion to others, “Commit to the process regardless of what your health goals are. Once you reach that goal you can’t quit. If you do you will return back to where you started. You have to set new goals to continue to challenge yourself.” Brandon continued, “Good health requires consistent quality workouts, proper nutrition, and adequate rest. There’s no overnight success. It takes discipline, dedication, and determination.”
The reason Brandon decided to start working out was primarily related to his weight. Three months ago when he rejoined the gym he weighed 300 pounds. He has lost 28 pounds since that time and continues to drop his unwanted pounds. His eventual goal is to lose 100 pounds. His workout routine consists of 5-6 days each week. He will do 20-60 minutes of cardio and 1-2 hours of isolated muscle group resistance training. He also incorporates circuit training, lap swimming, and daily abdominal workouts. Brandon’s hobbies include music, movies, bodybuilding, spending time with friends and family, playing the drums, and attending church as often as possible.
Brandon has a home-based business promoting “Health Challenges: 90 Day Challenge, and Project 10 Challenge.” He has currently finished his first Project 10 challenge and has started his second. Every time he completes a challenge 30 free nutritional meals are donated to the North Alabama Food Bank for kids in need. Brandon said “I’m losing weight and feeling better every day.”
Member of the Month Amy Towles
Contributed by Regina Hayes
Amy’s Story: “In March of 2013 I went out to play with my children and I couldn’t get my breath. That day was a wake-up call for me. I had let myself get to my heaviest weight and I felt like it was time for a change. I tried HerbaLife shakes and had some success. I also started walking every morning at the Guntersville Dam. After a couple of months, I started walking from the dam to the top of the mountain and back. For those who know where that is-it was not easy but I felt great after I made it the first time. I continued walking every day and drinking the shakes until November 2013. At that time I began to hit a plateau after losing 83 pounds. A friend of mine told me about the New You Weight Loss Center in Arab. I started going there in November 2013. I also joined Therapyplus Fitness at this time with my husband. I have worked out there every morning since then. I drop my kids off at school and head straight to the gym. Since joining the gym, I feel like a totally different person. I continue going to the clinic for weigh-ins. They give me a goal every month and something to work for. After losing 130 pounds I had met my goal. I have now lost 131 pounds since last March. I don’t plan on quitting now. My doctor tells me working out has to be part of my life now and thanks to all the friendly staff and members at Therapyplus I am no longer ashamed to workout in front of people.”
Amy is a cashier at Cooley’s Grocery and Tackle and is from Union Grove. She works out 5-6 days a week. In addition to losing 131 pounds, she’s added six pounds of muscle and gone from a size 24 to size 14. “My biggest challenge is making myself do this everyday, but I always feel better after I’m finished,” she said. Her diet consists of plenty of protein, no fried foods, no junk food. Citing her toughest temptation as chocolate, she reported, “I don’t give in!” She enjoys gardening and playing with her kids.
“The staff at Therapyplus is so friendly and if I ever have a question they always help me.
That’s part of the reason I haven’t quit. All of the members are also very happy and friendly,” Amy stated.
She feels motivated because her husband and kids love that she is able to do more. “The best compliment I’ve gotten is that I look better and younger.” Her tip for others is not to give up. “If one thing doesn’t work, keep trying. You’ll find what’s right for you.”