Meet Steven Gargano – General Manager Cambridge Hotel, overseeing 70 odd staff. It’s a high pressure job to keep a four star hotel running smoothly with plenty of demands on his time from all areas. Steven has done a remarkable job taking care of his staff – but historically, he hasn’t done as well when it comes to taking care of his own health.
But all this is about to change – he’s embarked on a life changing journey to get healthy and stay that way! Over the past 5 weeks, with the help of personal trainer, Anton, Steven’s lost a whopping 13 kg – and he’ll be setting up a charity cause to motivate him to lose more.
Read more about his journey, follow Steven through his epic weight loss endeavours and track his progress through the weeks to come.
Starting weight: 154 kg
27 March 2010
Weigh in: 141 kg
Weight loss to date:
As a General Manager, I’ve always been very dedicated to guest satisfaction and taking care of their needs, but somewhere along the way, I forgot about taking care of me.
I’ve enjoyed a very rewarding career and have had great support from a very close family. Being a GM, you have to entertain a great deal. And with a restaurant and a chef that is forever cooking up culinary delights, not to mention the great wine. All this, along with long hours and a chaotic eating pattern has led me to where I am today.
A staggering 154 kilos, a heavy smoker and very unfit.
Don’t ask me how it happened – it just happened.
I have tried every diet in the books and also, at a great expense, had the band done. Meanwhile, my doctor was in a constant battle with my blood pressure that was now at an all time high of 200 over 120. He put me on very strong BP medication and I hated the side effects of these pills.
If I’m honest, I guess the wakeup call came when, being the youngest of 13 children, my family members were all being diagnosed with different cancers. Of course we all have the mentality that “it couldn’t happen to me” but then I started thinking “yes, it could happen to me”. Yet while all this was playing on my mind, I still went along with my daily life, not doing anything about losing weight or changing my habits.
And then one day, some 6 or so weeks ago, Adam, my Front Office Manager walked into my office and told me that I had to wake up and that my weight would be the end of me. He had been madly training to take part in a Kick Boxing competition and on a few occasions had told me that I should meet with his personal trainer, Anton. Of course, I kept brushing this aside and merrily went along with my unhealthy habits.
This time, however, Adam had given Anton my number and told me that he would be in touch.
The next day, Anton did indeed ring and we arranged to meet. This was undoubtedly, one of the most important and enlightening meetings that I have ever had. Anton was unobtrusive but he just seemed to ask the right questions. It really hit me.
I decided that yes I will give this a go, now was the time. Anton took measurements and asked that I get the OK from my doctor. My doctor was very supportive and sent me back to Anton with his blessing and a few details about what would be ok for me to start with in an exercise program.
D day finally arrived.
Now keep in mind that until this day, “exercise” has been a very dirty word to me. But my first training session with Anton was great and yes all that stuff about endorphins was true, you do feel better after training (well – most times).
I have now been training with Anton for over 5 weeks and this has been the best investment that I have ever made.
I am now a non smoker (only slipping up occasionally) and now also do not head for the pub after a hard day (well again I have slipped up on the odd occasion ).
It certainly hasn’t been easy and I would not have stuck to this without Anton. He’s given me invaluable tips and is always there to push me a little harder, to do that one more set of stairs, 30 more seconds of the plank. This has all helped me to get motivated and stay motivated.
I started 5 weeks ago and weighed 154 KGs.
Last Saturday 27th March, I weighed 141 KGs. That is 13 KGs over 5 weeks and a fantastic 2.6 Kilos a week to date!
My first goal is to smash 140 KGs mark. I am pretty sure I will achieve this week. My next goal then will be 130 KGs. My blood pressure is down to a very healthy 114/77.
Yes I do have the knockers that have said it’s a fad, that I’ll be back to my old ways shortly Blah Blah Blah, well this time I will show them.
I AM IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL AND NOW KNOW THAT IT’S GOING TO TAKE 12 MONTHS (OR LONGER) TO ACHIEVE MY GOALS.
The support I have had at work from managers and staff has been staggering. The Directors of the hotel have been so supportive of my effort that they will be donating $100.00 for every kilo lost to a charity of my choice.
I hope you too will join with me in supporting the charities by donating for every kilo I lose.
Each week I will let you know how I’m going and update you on the trials and tribulations. Additionally Anton will give a “Tip of the Week.” Next week, I will also have a list of where you can donate to the charities.
Anyone wishing to take the initiative and contact Anton can contact him at email@example.com
See you next week.