The Fit4Change Chronicles: One Clydesdale’s Bootcamp Adventure

IMG_9746Can you change your life in 12 weeks?


I did it in January 2012. On October 31, 2010, I ran the Marine Corps Marathon. By December 2011, I had gained 50 lbs., was bloated and miserable.

That’s when Paul Lacoste entered my life.

Paul had been in cahoots with my wife Amy about wanting to train me. She was worried that my heart would seize from globs of fat so they worked on an intervention. The teamed up and ambushed me.

Within a few days, I was pushing a towel and trying not to vomit on JSU’s basketball floor. The Fit4Change bootcamp had begun.

Within 12 weeks, I lost the recently gained 50 lbs. And since then, I haven’t looked back. (I never did vomit on the floor, btw)

Tuesday, I was tested for this round of Fit4Change. My numbers were out of whack due to stress — but otherwise, I’m in much better shape than I was the first time. (Cholesterol was a high (for me) 177 and my blood pressure was high. Pulse was a good 61. Weight was high at 226 (with clothes and shoes))

My goal? Get my cholesterol back down to its usual 130. BP needs to get back to 120/70 (my usual). And my weight? I’m looking to get to an even 200 lbs. That’s 26 lbs.

I have my work cut out for me.

But what I really need to do is to, as Coach Paty used to say, get my mind right. I will be working out at Madison Central at 5 a.m. (and occasionally at JSU). I’ll be telling stories about the next 12 weeks. Some will be my own struggle. But I’ll also be telling some of the other athletes’ stories as well.

Paul Lacoste changed my life four years ago. I think it’s safe to say, he’s about to do it again.

1…2….3….Next Level.

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