loses 100 pounds
450 pounds, the 31-year-old
said he felt worn out.
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (March 2003) Crestwood resident
Joe Wakefield was tired of feeling bad. At 450 pounds, the 31-year-old
said he felt worn out all the time and wasnt happy
with his health or self-image.
Like many others, Wakefields weight not only made him feel lethargic
and unattractive, it posed health risks. He began experiencing knee
and back pain, exacerbated by his job as an electrician, which required
a lot of standing on concrete floors and ladders.
a pair of pants he
used to wear.
In June 2001, Wakefield decided to do something about
his condition. He joined Prime Time Fitness in Crestwood in an effort
to lose weight and get in shape.
I was planning on coaching little league football in the fall,
Wakefield said, and I wanted to be able to get out there and run
around with the kids.
Lewis Oliveros, a personal trainer and owner of Prime Time Fitness,
remembers when Wakefield first began coming into the club. He
was carrying so much weight his back was really bothering him,
Wakefield started working out about three days a week, mostly walking
on the treadmill. But by the end of the year, he hadnt achieved
the results he had hoped. As a new years resolution, Wakefield
decided he would really dedicate himself to weight loss.
We were at a New Years Eve party, and I said, Tomorrow
Im going to change my life, recalled Wakefield. Immediately,
Wakefield began working out with renewed purpose and vigor.
He decided to do it 100 percent in January 2002. Thats when
he really dedicated himself, Oliveros said. Wakefield began working
out two to three hours each day, every day of the week. He also started
watching his eating habits and gave up fast food, junk food and alcohol.
Wakefield set small goals for himself. His first was to get down to
400 pounds; then to 350 pounds by May 7, his birthday. I reached
347 by May 7, Wakefield said.
In addition to his weight-loss goals, Wakefield set workout goals. I
set goals on the treadmill for how long I would walk and at what incline
It was those benchmark goals, said Wakefield, that kept him motivated.
Wakefields weight loss continued steadily, and people started
noticing. After you lose weight, people start making comments,
and that motivates you even more, Wakefield said.
Fellow Prime Time member Brian Rankin agreed. Like Wakefield, Rankin
lost an incredible amount of weight, 100 pounds, and has kept it off
for eight years. Once you start seeing results, youre addicted,
Wakefields hard work and dedication has definitely paid off. Now
just a little more than a year later, Wakefield has lost nearly 200
pounds and has gone from a 58-inch to a 40-inch waist. My wife
gets on to me because Ive spent a fortune on clothes, Wakefield
Wakefield has plenty of encouragement and advice to offer individuals
facing circumstances similar to his own. Set small goals. Throw
away all the junk food. But the main thing is to make up your mind that
its all up to you, he said. I didnt have surgery
or take any miracle drugs. Instead, Wakefield said it was dedication
and a lot of saying no.
Fitness experts also offer advice to those wanting to begin a fitness-oriented
weight loss program. Oliveros advises beginning slowly with cardiovascular
workouts, such as walking or biking, gradually increasing frequency
and length as fitness levels improve. Prime Time offers personalized
training and consultation as well as a variety of exercise equipment
and free weights. But the main thing is to get started, whether at home
or at a club, Oliveros said.
Wakefield continues to work out seven days a week and would still like
to lose a few more pounds. He credits encouragement from his wife, Billie
Jo, his family and friends and the staff of Prime Time Fitness for helping
him remain dedicated and reach his goals.
For more information about fitness, weight training and weight
loss, contact Prime Time Fitness at (502) 241-1665. The club offers
personalized training programs, a variety of exercise equipment and
free weights, a racquetball court and whirlpool spa.
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