02nd February 2016
Jason Hensley McDonald, a member of Lifestyle Fitness Manchester, has lost an unbelievable 21 stone in just two years. Here’s what he had to say:
“I joined Lifestyle Fitness in Manchester when it first opened but never went. I'm sure many people can relate to paying every month for a gym membership that never gets used. I eventually started taking my diet, exercise and general lifestyle seriously on the 17th February 2014. In the first year I lost 14stone, in year 2 so far I have lost a further 7 stone. At my biggest I had a 70 inch waist, now it’s 36 inches. When I started at Lifestyle Fitness I was massive. I couldn't walk very far before my back would seize up and I would be in absolute agony but I just had to stick with it. My workout routine was simple - I split my sessions in half. Half weights, half cardio. I didn’t follow any programme; I just stuck to the basics - lifted some weights and walked on the treadmill. I walked on the treadmill for as long as I could every session. When I first started it was 5/10 min before I couldn't do anymore, then eventually it got longer and longer, the pace got faster, the incline got steeper and now I will run for over an hour no problem. I did Manchester 10K last year and I intend to do it again this year.
It’s about small continuous improvements. Little by little you get there; you just have to keep going. No matter how hard it is keep going. Yes you're in pain, yes it hurts, but you can't stop. You have to keep going. You have to remember why you started and constantly remind yourself why you're putting yourself through so much. I think that applies for anything in life!
When I look back at where I have come from and where I am now, I feel proud above anything. Proud of myself. Losing weight as cliché as it sounds has helped me gain confidence, pride and happiness which all lead to me finding the girl of my dreams. I didn’t realise how much everything is made harder by being overweight. My life is completely different now, everything is so much easier. I wanted to prove to myself I had the will power and motivation to turn my life around, it was a challenge I set myself. I thought if I can do this by myself then I can do anything.
If I may I would like to give a special mention to the personal trainer John in the Manchester branch. Even though he has never trained me he has ALWAYS been more than willing to help me the past year or so. He has given up his time to chat over a few ideas with me and give me little pointers to help me. He has helped me a lot. I would also like to thank the members of Lifestyle Fitness Manchester. People have this stigma of a gym that its full of muscle men who intimidate new members or stare and make people feel uncomfortable and inferior. That’s not been my experience at all. In my experience people have ALWAYS been very encouraging. Complete strangers came up to me when I first started and told me to stick with it and to motivate me.”
Jason’s achievement is absolutely fantastic and a truly inspiring one. To have come such a long way with such determination in only two years is outstanding and proof that you can do anything you put your mind to. Well done Jason and thank you for sharing your amazing story with our members.
You can read more on Jason's story here.