Back to ‘Ring Around the Rosie’
16 Feb 2015 | Unicity
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Jerry Powell spent 27 years of his life serving in the U.S. Army. His last couple years in the service proved challenging for his body, as he experienced seizures, multiple blackouts, and surgery on both his knees.
“The pain was so intense that my physical fitness declined to the point where I couldn’t exercise, and I slowly began to gain weight,” Jerry said.
After retiring from the Army, Jerry just couldn’t function like he used to. He didn’t feel up to exercising, and he couldn’t even play “Ring Around the Rosie” with his young daughter.
“My health was so bad that when it came to playing with my children, I had no energy,” he said. “I could only sit on the couch and ask my baby girl to just bring me her toys because it was too hard for me to get up and down off the floor. I could see the hurt in her eyes when she asked me to play ‘Ring around the Rosie’ and I couldn’t.”
Jerry began to worry that his poor health would hinder him from fully participating in his children’s lives. He was afraid that unless he changed he may have to use a walker to get around.
“I realized that if I kept going the same route I was on I would not be there to walk my 15-year-old daughter down the aisle, and I would also not be there for my 13-year-old son’s or 2-year-old daughter’s life,” Jerry said. “I would be a broken old dad with a walker, and I felt like I would be an embarrassment when they introduced me to their friends, not to mention the added responsibility I would put on my wife. I needed to change my life, and soon.”
Right from the beginning of his 12-week transformation, Jerry committed to following all the program’s guidelines, and his family was happy to support him.
“I had the love and support of my amazing wife,” Jerry said. “She was always there to help me with my meals and encourage me to go to the gym. My job had me working from 3:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., so I started going to the gym around 4:00 a.m. As early as that was, I pushed through any discomfort that I felt at first, and I soon found the weight I was lifting increase.”
Jerry continued to make gradual improvements to the point where he could work out harder and longer, and he could also play with his young daughter. He began to feel more enthusiastic about what his future held.
“I found that I could go faster and longer on the bike, and I felt like I was gaining my life back,” Jerry said. “My youngest daughter would ask me to play and I was able to enjoy playing ‘Ring Around the Rosie.’ The sparkle I saw in her eyes melted my heart. This increased drive to do and be better has been inspiring and empowering to me.”
Now when he looks at his future, Jerry is optimistic about the ways his new health will make him an active part of his family’s life and puts him in a better position to serve others.
“I now have a new lease on life! I get to take my family on many new hiking, camping and canoeing adventures,” he said. “I have spent most of my life in the service of my country. Now with the new life I have I want to get into law enforcement and search and rescue. I believe that because of the changes I have made I am more capable than ever and I’m so grateful that I went through the Transformation!”
These results are not typical. Average weight loss for participants following the Unicity Transformation program is 1-2 lbs/week.