A 430 Pound Man Stops a Lifetime Habit of Overeating in a Week
Corey Dillaha’s chief complaint in functional ability was his inability to stand or walk for more than brief moments. On day two, we facilitated the use of trekking poles for walking; these poles are an essential prop for a large or rehabilitating person. With the poles, he can off load just enough pressure from his legs and assist with his upper body. This made a remarkable difference, that on his fourth day the poles enabled him to work up to twenty minutes of walking with a 5-minute rest halfway.
Another personal best this morning happened after breakfast. For his second workout, he decided to do his 20-minute cardio walk on the trekking poles solo. It worked out great, He felt empowered and confident. Corey even had me video him while addressing the friends back home. Back to rest with his legs elevated and ice therapy for nature's most nature anti-inflammatory aid on healing muscles until the 10AM boot camp.
Boxing drills were added on day three. Although time spent standing was limited, the locomotion helped so much that by day six on Saturday Corey was able to complete a distance of 50 feet without stopping to sit down on his exercise ball.
This morning’s workout was by far the most animated. Corey’s confidence with his balance and mobility is through the roof now. Ball tossing and catching drills on the Bosu Balance Trainer inspired him to try his juggling skills while balancing. It went great and we videoed the session for all to see. Polishing off the workout with some abdominal work on the Bosu, he felt inspired to talk into the camera for the folks back home who are watching his progress. As he finds himself evangelizing, we call him a witness for fitness!
Saturday was first unofficial Fitness At Large weight loss camp. Corey held his own in a small group where he performed some medicine ball drills that we previously practiced with partner throwing outdoors. We brought along his Duraball to sit on for recovery and he was able to alternate sitting and standing throughout the medicine ball wall drills. Our group then proceeded with jump rope walking maneuvers, boxing drills, and the highlight was tornado ball against the block wall of the gym.