Member Highlight: Meet Jimmy Porter

Need a little New Years motivation? Meet Jimmy Porter, Hampstead Health & Fitness member for 2 years.

“It is with great pride that I announce that I am medication free, two weeks ahead of schedule. I am no longer a type 2 diabetic. I no longer have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. If you put your mind and body in motion you can change your life. I want to give a special thanks to my Dad for his support and of course my Mom who watches over me. Thank You, to all of you for your support and words of encouragement. I am here for anyone who wishes to help themselves. It’s not a secret it’s science. Happy New Year!!!”

“I’ve been up and down with my weight my whole adult life. My inspiration came from my Mother’s spirit. My Mom passed away of cancer almost five years ago. In April of 2018 I fell asleep at the wheel from the effects of type 2 diabetes while driving home from work at 3:45pm in the afternoon. I awoke feet away from driving into a telephone poll and still wonder today how I missed it. I have lost 97lbs total and 60lbs in 2018. I’ve lost 13 inches off my waist, which is what I’m most proud of.

My usual routine is I try and get to the Health and Fitness Center as much as possible 5 to 6 times a week. I do mostly cardio while doing some weight training. I think the biggest change in my life as far as working out goes is “it’s not the end of the world” if I miss a day. “Sweat it without sweating it” is my new motto. My diet changed when I went to see a nutritionist, that’s been a huge game changer. I would have to say that my biggest piece of advice would be to get in the right frame of mind. Ask yourself, do I want this? Do I want the chance to live longer, live happier, so that I can help others achieve their goals. I feel 25 years younger. I sleep better, I simply love life again. I love myself again.. As I’ve said all along. If I can reach one person it will have made going public with my story worth it.