Lorie Coates: A story of hard work and success

By SAM ERWIN
Owner of Nordic Total Fitness


I thought I would change things up this week. Instead of me giving advice, or an opinion, I thought I would interview one of the many “success stories” who has been coming to Nordic Total Fitness since it opened. 

Lorie Coates is a mother of two, a wife, and works full time, while also taking care of her disabled daughter full time. Needless to say, she’s busy on a regular basis. However, starting last June, Lorie decided to take it upon herself to change her life as she was overweight, diabetic, unhappy, lacked energy, etc. 

She has made huge strides and has many people commenting on Facebook about how she’s a “role model” or an “inspiration,” so I thought it would be a good idea to hear from the woman herself.

ERWIN: What made you want to start living a healthier lifestyle?

COATES: I just wanted to better myself healthwise so I could more easily take care of my disabled daughter. Also, I had some health problems, and I knew I had to do something to live longer and be here for my daughter.  I got tired of going to the doctor all the time and taking pills to address my health issues.

ERWIN: What have been your overall results so far?

COATES: I have lost 28 inches overall, down six pants sizes, lost 20 pounds, and I’m also off of diabetes medicine.

ERWIN: What have you done to make these amazing changes?
 

COATES:  I eat much healthier with lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. I also have increased my consumption of water to close to a gallon a day. I go to Nordic Total Fitness six days a week, which includes cardio and lifting weights for a total of one to two hours a day. Everything I have done has been all natural by just drinking water, eating healthier and working out. I don’t take anything extra because I don’t believe weight loss comes from a bottle.

ERWIN: After all these drastic changes, it would be easy to rest on your laurels, but you seem to keep pushing. What’s your motivation to keep going?

COATES: I don’t want to backslide and go back to the way I was. I also want to get even more fit because of the results I’ve seen. I also still want to be able to take care of my daughter, and being healthier and stronger makes it much easier. I also want to show other people in town that this is possible if you work at it and stay committed to the plan.

ERWIN: What would you say to those who are having trouble starting or even sticking with getting in shape?
 

COATES: First of all, to get started, I would say to go by inches and how you feel, not necessarily by your weight. Start out with healthy eating and start out with at least just walking for 30 minutes, three days a week. 

And, for sticking with it, remember you have worked really hard to see changes. Why would you want to lose what you have worked so hard on to gain?

ERWIN: What do you say to those who say they ‘don’t have enough time’ to work out?

COATES: You have to make “you time.” You have to treat it as an appointment for yourself, and if you have time to sit and watch TV or be on Facebook, then you have time to go to the gym. 

I have many things going on, and I still make time because it’s important to me. Before Nordic Total Fitness opened, I had 18-hour days due to taking care of my daughter and my job, but after Nordic arrived, I still manage to find the time to take care of myself. I cut out TV to make time for my health.

ERWIN: What are your goals for the next year since you have already almost completed one year of your new lifestyle?

COATES: I would like to hit 40 overall inches lost at the one-year mark, which would be June 1. My goal was always a weight number, and I have found that it’s more important to lose inches for overall health instead of just worrying about pounds.  That’s always been in my head, and it was always frustrating. Now that I don’t focus on weight, I am much happier and healthier. Once I hit 40 inches lost, my main goal is to maintain what I have done and stay healthy.

ERWIN: What would you say to anyone who says, ‘Lifting weights makes women bulky’?

COATES: I would say that’s a false statement. I have lost more inches doing lifting/resistance training than by just doing cardio alone. I have gained muscle and strength, but I’ve lost 28 inches, so that belief is wrong.

ERWIN: What has it been like receiving all the compliments on Facebook and in public from people who are inspired by your efforts?

COATES: There is a positive and negative side to it.
First off, it’s positive because it inspires me to keep up the work because I know people are watching me and it shows them what dedication can do.

But, on the negative side, I have people who say they want to lose (weight), but they come up with excuses for not having time, or body pains, and I still try to encourage them. It gets really frustrating when they won’t even try.

But, overall, it’s great that people are inspired by the hard work I have put in, and I hope it helps them, especially those who have been working at it and are making changes.

I want to thank Lorie, not only for being my first interview and telling us her story, but for her constant dedication and all she does to promote Nordic Total Fitness within the community. She’s an inspiration to many.

Sam Erwin is owner of Nordic Total Fitness in downtown Paxton. Have a question or topic about health or fitness? Email Erwin at samerwin1717@gmail.com. Your topic or questions may be included in next week’s edition of The Fitness Forum.

Categories (4):Fitness, News, Miscellaneous, Health
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