Dean was at work when he felt the first shooting pain in his chest. Worried he might be having a heart attack, he went to the hospital. Fortunately, it wasn't a heart attack, but as he lay in the hospital bed, he realized that he needed to change his lifestyle.
"I thought, if I die, my kids are young - they won't even remember me," Dean says. "I want to be around as they get older."
Dean had slowly let himself go. An occasional convenient meal at a fast food restaurant had become 2-3 times per day. After work, he would come home and sit on the couch. He no longer had the energy to pursue his love of dirt bike racing. He used to win races and now he barely had the stamina to make a single lap without his side hurting.
So, Dean joined the Y and made a FitPath appointment. A coach helped him get comfortable with the machines and he started to workout. He started slow, with walking 15 minutes a day on the treadmill.
A year later, Dean has lost 50 pounds and is able to compete in dirt bike races around the state almost every weekend of the year. "It's so easy to lose the motivation. It's so easy to quit when you don't know what you're doing," says Dean. "If it wasn't for FitPath, it never would've happened."