Meet Mike Loch! Mike and his wife Shirley have been married for 45 years and have two sons and four grandsons. Mike has just recently joined Bellin Fitness as a SilverSneakers member.  He enjoys going up north and his favorite place of business is the tavern. ; )

Mike’s goal was to be able to walk again on his own. He was beginning to feel depressed because he didn’t think he was going to be able to ever walk again.

The motivation Mike got to begin his journey was orders from Dr. Schave in addition to lots of encouragement from his physical therapist, Laura Prouty. Laura started Mike out at the “bottom of the barrel” that’s why he liked her so much.  He wanted to quit so many times but she never gave up on him.

The obstacles that Mike had to overcome were fear and depression. He was afraid to be alone because trying to walk alone resulted in falling and having to get 17 stitches.  But Mike learned he had to get over his fear, as well as his depression, from not being able to do what he wanted to do.

Bellin Fitness also played a big role in helping Mike. He met with Kristi Carne, Membership Team Facilitator, who called an “ace an ace” and was honest with Mike on how the Continuum of Care program would help him.   Mike was then introduced to Liz, a Bellin Fitness certified Personal Trainer who worked diligently with him…walking up and down the track until he was comfortable to do it without his walker and without his cane.  Mike said, “Without Liz, I would never have attempted it!”

When I asked Mike, how has your life changed, this was his response. “I have more confidence now and I know I can do things by myself now.” The advice that he has for others is to have a really good relationship with your physical therapist and personal trainer, to have confidence and to trust their knowledge.

You can’t be afraid to try. When you fall again get up again. All that you need to know is that you’re not alone. – Deborah Cox

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