LAKE PLACID DIET: Fitness Revolution is helping me achieve my goals

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs.

This week: 437 lbs.

Lost in 2020: 10 pounds

I hate starting over again when it comes to my physical fitness, which isn’t very good at the moment. Gone are the days when I was training for and competing in the Lake Placid Half Marathon in 2014 and 2015, but I’d love to rekindle that level of fitness so I can walk the race again. This year? No promises; I can only try.

In order to get fit, I need to get back to the gym, specifically to the Fitness Revolution gym in Lake Placid, which has been a key ingredient of the Lake Placid Diet for the past six years. I began with the weight-loss classes for the first two years and then graduated to working out on my own.

With the weight-loss group, certified personal trainers taught us how to use a variety of machines and do many different types of exercises. That tutelage helped me get into good enough fitness to walk my first half marathon in June 2014, and current Fitness Revolution owner Jason McComber wrote up a special training regimen in the spring of 2015 that helped me walk one hour faster during that year’s Lake Placid Half Marathon.

After a couple of years, I was able to write my own workouts based on my level of fitness and needs at the time. That’s what I’m doing now.

But it’s been tough. First of all, just getting to the gym seems to be a feat unto itself. Last year, with the many hours spent working multiple jobs and some physical issues, I was unable to go to the gym most of the year. This year, I’ve been better so far, even though it’s only been two weeks.

I’m starting with the basics. Walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes, about a quarter of a mile, do some stretching, 10 to 20 squats and about 25 modified jumping jacks. It’s not much, but it’s a start. Every time I go back, I add some more exercises, and eventually I’ll get back to where I was in 2015. That’s the plan, anyway.

I’m eternally grateful to Jason McComber and the Fitness Revolution crew for their ongoing support over the past six years — with the really high ups and the really low downs. Having that opportunity to get myself stronger is a major part of losing weight.