Seattle Athletic Club

May
03

Inspirational Member of the Month: Andrew Gall

Andrew approached our Lose It program this year with a lot of optimism, determination and energy. He has been a member for 8 years and just within the last few years, his weight has fluctuated quite a bit. Andrew has participated in the Lose It Challenge fairly regularly over the last 5-6 years and each time he would lose a little weight, but it never really stuck. This year has been a different story and a complete turnaround. He ended 2016 the heaviest he has ever been, his weight was yo-yoing and he was experiencing issues with high blood pressure. Along with that, he won a slot to participate in the “Escape from Alcatraz” triathlon. This year, Andrew rededicated himself. He was ready to make changes for the better and dove in head first.

He met Chris last summer during a swim efficiency training and decided to get started training more regularly with two goals in mind, to lose weight and prepare himself for the triathlon. Andrew would come in for his training sessions and work, and just when you think he was done he would take a spin class or jump in the pool for laps. The guy was all in!

“Last year I was only able to lose 15 lbs. during the Lose It Challenge, in retrospective while I did focus on the work out portion of Lose It, I had never really concentrated on diet. I would say that having a balanced diet, weighing myself every day and tracking calories was the key to this quarter’s success. I worked with Mellissa and she helped come up with a successful formula for “fueling”. Mel’s approach of adding the right items not necessarily eliminating was key. I tracked my weekly diet using “My Fitness Pal” and noted a few deficiencies and where I was eating some of the wrong items. A program at work sent me a wireless scale that linked with the tracking app. My Garmin Fenix 3HR watch tracked all activity.

After Mel’s analysis I was able to tweak my diet, we added protein, vegetables and complex carbohydrates.  I had to cut down the sweets, cheese and other carbs. I cut out all Beer and Alcohol for January and Lent. I was able to settle in on a pretty standard menu which has been maintainable.” By Andrew Gall

Andrew burns up to 1,000 calories in his twice per week workouts with Chris. He’s been participating in the swim to Mt. Rainier Challenge and plans to make 72 miles by May 1st. He spins 2-3 days a week and takes HIIT once a week. In the 3 months of Lose It, Andrew lost 32 pounds and 15 inches from his body and his blood pressure dropped by 20 points. He feels better, is gearing up for his triathlon on June 11th and has a goal to lose another 20 pounds by then. Andrew, you are an inspiration and we look forward to what the next few months hold for you. Congratulations on your success thus far. Keep after it!

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