This year, we are proud to announce that the 2015 Body Language achievement award recipients are Paul and Jacki Dargen. These two have not only been achievers in the gym, but have exemplified resiliency through overcoming. In March of this year, Paul contacted Haley about personal training sessions for him and his wife. Little did they know that 6 months later, they would be addicted to their new, “fit” lifestyle.
They have been ideal clients and are truly committed to their health. Paul and Jacki are both in their 50s and live in Edmond. Paul has a very busy executive schedule that requires a bit of travel. Jacki takes care of their home during their day and is a big part of her children and grandchildren’s lives. Jacki was diagnosed with sclerderma arthritis in 2010 and often deals with pain each day. She also had been experiencing major sciatic pain for several years.
From their initial consultation they took everything very seriously, knowing it was time to commit to a fitness plan that would enhance both of their lives. Their new lifestyle hasn’t been just a fad or diet plan, but a whole life makeover.
They started tracking their food through Myfitness Pal and changed the way they think about eating habits. They are still a work in progress…but aren’t we all? They allow Haley to look at their food tracking every day. Paul and Jacki have been so open and willing to change, and for some, that is undoubtedly the hardest part. They work out together several times a week with Haley. Even when Paul is out of town for work, Jacki makes a point to come in on her own. Jacki had back surgery on a herniated disk that was causing her sciatic pain and took 6 weeks off to recover. After that, she was back at it, full force.
They have also joined the gym and do their own workouts when they aren’t working out with Haley. As a gym family, Body Language is so proud of them and all of their accomplishments. Paul has lost a total of 23 lbs and 25 inches and Jacki has lost over 12 inches!*
Few words from Haley…
Jacki has improved so much. She has completely changed the way she views her body and life. Jacki is a true fighter. The struggles she has daily with her arthritis is a victory in itself to get out the door for a workout. I am looking forward to what the future has for her. The best is yet to come.Paul has done things by the book. Whatever I ask him to do, he is willing. Whether it is adding vegetables to his diet, doing intentional cardio, or working out on the road, – he has done it. He has tracked over 80 days consistently in his Myfitness Pal. He is a hard worker and determined.Both of their lives have truly been impacted by the decisions they have been making the past 6 months. Hopefully their lives will be enriched and prolonged because of all their hard work. They are all-stars and I am so proud of all they have accomplished so far!
A few words from Paul…
Being a member of Body Language for the past year has been an amazing experience for us. In the spring of 2014 we spent time with friends in the Texas Hill Country, driving home we had a discussion about our lifestyle, health, and nutrition choices. We’re so glad we chose to join Body Language and engaged with Haley as our Trainer. Our initial consultation was enlightening and confirmed we needed to make modifications or face more serious health concerns. We committed to the change in nutrition and created time for cardio. These choices come with benefits and have us stronger now, excited, and committed to an even healthier 2015.