On July 4th, 2010, the nation was celebrating Independence Day. For Carole Means, that 4th of July was the day she almost died, beginning an amazing two-year turnaround to an active, healthy lifestyle.
“I had every problem anyone could have,” Means recalled. “I had diabetes. My heart was three times its normal size. I also weighed 515 pounds and was unable to take care of myself."
The first item on her agenda was to start eating right and exercising. She dropped 170 pounds required to undergo gastric bypass surgery. Now a normal weight, Means still maintains a rigorous exercise program at the YMCA Healthy Living Center.
She exercises two hours every day, including 35 minutes on a stationary bike. Then she lifts on 12 different types of weight machines.
“When I first started coming to the Healthy Living Center, I couldn’t stand for 30 seconds. I did water exercises at that point but had to have a wheelchair to get to the pool and have someone help me into the water,” she said. “A lot of what I have been able to accomplish I owe to my physical therapist Brent (Mongar). He inspired me and gave me encouragement every day.”