Giles turned to the Diet and Fitness Center when he realized he needed a change. He hated being unable to get up in the morning without spending 45 minutes stretching, just to get out of bed.
“Because of the injuries I sustained over the years in football, I was unable to do any strenuous exercise on a daily basis because it hurt too much,” Giles said. “You go through life without knowing what to do. If you don’t stop to find out why things are happening to you, it’s going to continue.”
From the medical professionals on site at the Diet and Fitness Center, Giles leaned there’s a lot more to weight loss than just eating less and exercising more. He brought his 30-year-old daughter, Candace, to go through the program with him. She encouraged him to take classes, and meet one-on-one with the nutritionist, behavioral counselor and physical therapist on staff.
“One thing I learned I was doing wrong was over seasoning my food with salt,” Giles said. He learned how to order healthy meals in restaurants, and the importance of picking the right shoes so he could be comfortable and not in pain when exercising.
Candace says she thinks the classes are the most important aspects of the program. “You can come here and eat the food and exercise, but if you don’t learn what triggers you to overeat, or to eat the foods that cause the bad patterns, you’ll fall right back. The goal is to adapt a long-term lifestyle.”
Giles said his daughter’s daily support, and that of his wife, Vivian, who came along to encourage both of them, were instrumental to his success. “Support is important in anything you do. You tend to stick with things when you have support.” And, he stressed, it’s important that everyone be on the journey. “If you go back home and everybody resorts to what they were doing before, it doesn’t work.”