Meet Tim Lone, our Representative Payee with the AIM department. Tim leads a staff of about 12 people and guides those staff members as they work with clients through difficult situations, providing ideas for how to serve clients, helping them become more independent. Tim has gone on an incredible weight loss journey over the last two years. The AIM department is so proud of Time and all that he has accomplished in his health and wellness journey. We hope you are as inspired as we are after reading his story.
What inspired/motivated you to make a lifestyle change?
-It was a combination of several things, but the biggest thing was probably seeing the number when I stepped on the scale at the beginning of the year. My weight has fluctuated up and down the past three years, but this was the heaviest I’d ever been. Right away I knew I needed to make some changes. A week or so after stepping on the scale my brother asked me to join a weight loss challenge at Anytime Fitness in Beaverdale. I’m a pretty competitive person, so this seemed like an awesome way to get going on improving my fitness level.
How much weight have you lost?
As of 12/18/17, my weight loss is up to 80 lbs and I’m down to 197.
What significant changes have you made?
One of the biggest changes I’ve made has been my workout routine. Up until the beginning of this year, my workout routine was virtually non-existent. The weight loss challenge helped give me a goal to work towards, and helped push me to get back in the gym a lot more. Secondly, my diet has completely changed in the past three months. I started eating breakfast every day, and I either do meal prep at home, or have something quick and nutritious that I can just grab if I’m in a hurry. The other big change that I’ve made is drinking more water. I try to drink at least a gallon a day. Right when I started, I downloaded the “My Fitness Pal” app. It’s free, and it helps you keep track of your food that you eat throughout the day. Another change that I made after I was originally interviewed is a change in how I set my goals. When I first started, it was all about how much weight I could lose. Now, it’s not so much about the weight, but about what I want to accomplish at the gym throughout the week. Throughout this journey, I’ve learned that the scale is not always the best judge for how much progress you’re making.
Who is your support system?
My wife has definitely been my biggest supporter through this journey. Eating better and sticking to a workout routine is much more attainable when you have support at home. She’s provided constant encouragement, praised me for every milestone I’ve passed and pushed me to stay on track when things get tough. My new gym (Anytime Fitness-Beaverdale) and my personal trainer there have also been an awesome support. My trainer knows just how to push me and encourage me when he’s putting me through a workout, and he’s really good about giving me things to work on in between our workouts. During the first few months at the gym, the manager there has texted me periodically to see how things are going with me trainer and provided loads of encouragement. Now that I’ve been at my gym for almost two years, my support system has expanded to some of my fellow members. I have at least one member at the gym come up to me every week that will tell me I’m doing a great job, and tell me that they see me working hard there all the time. It really is the best environment for someone that’s on a similar journey to the one that I’m on.
What was an initial barrier that you faced when creating change in your life and how did you work through that?
The biggest barrier I faced initially was that I was so far from where I wanted to be that I honestly wasn’t sure if I could get to where I wanted to go. During the first week or so of the challenge, I wasn’t seeing the results that I wanted, but he talked to me about how I was doing the right things (eating the right foods, working out consistently, drinking plenty of water, etc.) and that even though the results I wanted were not coming right away, over time the changes I was making would add up and the weight would come off. I also thought of a saying one of my old football coaches used to tell us “The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”. Even though I’m so much further along in my journey now, there are still barriers that threaten my progress. Holidays are definitely a big one! A year ago, I would feel really guilty about eating all of that great food and be paranoid that I was going to gain the weight back. I had to remind myself of a couple of things; number one, those are just a couple of days out of the year, and in the grand scheme of things, those two days don’t negatively impact my goals as much as the other 363 days of the year. Secondly, I’m working out six days a week now, so any weight I gain during the holidays comes back off pretty quickly.
To anyone that is thinking about starting a wellness journey, or changing their habits, I’ll just say that choosing to start this journey has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve realized along the way that I’m capable of more than I ever thought I was. When I first started working out in January of 2016, I couldn’t run for than a minute or so without getting winded. Six months later I completed a half marathon. A year after that I completed my second half marathon and bested my time by 15 minutes. My progress was the result of taking things one day and one week at a time, and focusing on going just a little bit further than I had the week before. Recently, Iowa State Football Coach Matt Campbell said something that I think describes my journey almost perfectly, he said “If you fall in love with the process, eventually the process will love you back.” So true. Previously, I was solely focused on the end result, and after a few weeks or months of trying and not achieving it, I quit. This time around, I truly focused on the process each day. Slowly but surely, the small successes added up to something big.