I became a member in August 2011, at the recommendation of my cardiologist, after having a stent put in my aorta. I immediately began working with a personal trainer to imporve my heart health. In July 2013 I went to work at the service desk. I had retired a few years earlier and wanted something to do. Fast forward to March 2016, even with my diet and exercise, my arteries got clogged and required a coronary artery bypass graft. In fact, the surgeon ended up bypassing five arteries.
I know you are thinking that all my exercise and diet did no good. That isn't true! Because I had exercised at least two times a week, my heart and the rest of my body were in good shape. I did not have a heart attack, which is the precursor to most bypasses, and my recovery time was greatly reduced. I was only in the hospital for four days and my cardiac rehab went very quickly. A point well learned: Exercise and diet are keys to a healthy body and increased wellness. My previous personal trainer had left Milestone by the time I was ready to return to cardio and strength training. I was very fortunate that Tiffany Kelver agreed to become my personal trainer. She has since taken me (maybe dragged is a better term - LOL!) on a journey that I would never have believed that I would undertake. In February of this year, she told me that she was putting together a team of the people that she trains to do a 5k race in June, and asked if I would like to join the group. I agreed, saying to myself that it was four months away and I could wriggle free before then. Little did I know, that with Tiffany's gentle prodding, I would not only complete the race, I would enjoy it. We won't discuss times, but I did complete my first 5k race on June 3rd at the age of 68! I am looking forward to more races in the future. Thanks, Tiffany!
I really enjoy my job at the front desk. Our staff and members are wonderful. I feel very lucky to have found Milestone, both for my physical and mental well-being. My long term goals include doing more races and continuing to greet and assist Milestone members. Thanks to everyone I work with and the members I assist for allowing me to be a part of the Milestone team!