ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — When it comes to losing weight, sometimes a helping hand can go a long way. That’s how Ron Sullivan of Wallingford finally shed those pounds and turned his health around.
“Since I was about 20 years old I really had a problem with my weight,” Sullivan recalled.
At Sullivan’s heaviest, he tipped the scale at 350 pounds, and it started to take a toll on his body.
“At 45 years old I started realizing that I wasn’t invincible,” Sullivan explained. “I was having major health issues: chest pains, sleep apnea, stenosis of the spine. I had a lot of different issues that were really hurting me and it was a struggle to get through every day.”
So with the encouragement of his wife, Sullivan decided to take matters into his own hands.
“Last year I joined the ‘Edge’ and that’s when I met my trainer Lindsay,” Sullivan explained.
Not only did he join the gym. Sullivan also joined the Edge Fitness Club’s Weight Loss Challenge — an eight-week, team-based program that involves bi-weekly weigh-ins, nutritional counseling, group workouts and more.
“We’re all given trainers,” Sullivan explained. “We’re all given a certain team that we’re on. The trainer oversees your diet, your nutrition, your physical activity.”
There’s also good incentive to stick with the program. Participants of the Edge Challenge have the chance of winning a $5,000 grand prize, or a $500 runner up prize.
For Sullivan, the program has helped him shed 80 pounds, and he’s loved it so much, that he’s now onto his fourth challenge.
“I think the challenge has instilled a healthier lifestyle as far as working out, exercising, as far as watching what I eat, knowing more about my nutrition now,” Sullivan said. “All in all the challenge has helped me out immensely.”
It’s also helped Sullivan become the picture of inspiration. For more information about the Edge Fitness Weight Loss Challenge, visit TheEdgeFitnessClubs.com.