An Unlikely Start
A 71-year-old survivor of prostate cancer, Bruce already knew his health was his number one priority after retiring as a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company. Two years into retirement, he put that belief to work and began a journey to lose weight and regain some of his lost vitality so he could fully enjoy this new phase of life.
At the time, Bruce was working with his former colleagues, now the founders of ManUP Health, as a brand-building consultant. They suggested Bruce give the program a try to gain experience with it so he could give better firsthand feedback. Unknown to Bruce, this small suggestion would take him down a path that stretched far beyond his consulting.
"I wanted to be healthy for my wife and two children," Bruce said. "I didn't want to hold them back in enjoying life to the fullest when we did things together. My wife Holly and I have a goal to experience all 59 of our National Parks in retirement, so I needed to be in much better health to do that and really enjoy our time together.”
In 2007 doctors told Bruce that he had about five years before his left knee would need to be replaced. Not wanting knee replacement surgery, Bruce was determined to fix the problem by taking control of his health. He wanted to have the energy and lack of pain that he had when he was younger. Bruce set his mind to do the ManUP program with excellence, believing nothing could stand in the way of hard work and dedication. To date, Bruce has more than reached his initial 30-pound weight loss goal, losing over 50 pounds and staying out of the operating room in the process. Bruce said, “The health I regained through ManUP saved me from getting knee replacement surgery, and has me feeling 20 years younger.”
The Power Of Accountability and Support
One person Bruce believes contributed to his success was his coach, Sarah. A self-described Type-A personality, Bruce had a tendency to see the glass as “half-empty.” Bruce knew his mindset wasn’t always as positive as it should be as he was always hard on himself consistently believing there was more work to be done, and focusing on ways he could have performed better. Sarah helped bring a positive energy into his life by helping him be more grateful in enjoying his successes. Bruce’s habits changed during the ManUP program contributing to his improved health and energy level. For Bruce, one of the best things about the ManUP program was the strong bond he developed with his coach.
"Sarah went on the journey with me. It was unique and special because she was consistently interacting with me, providing encouragement and timely advice," Bruce said. "I almost felt as much of an obligation to her as I did to my family. I think, from a holistic standpoint, she filled a personal void I always had by bringing in positive energy when I was overly critical of myself."
Another huge supporter on Bruce’s journey was his wife, Holly. She not only motivated him to stick to the program, but she found and made great tasting healthy recipes to help him stay on the meal plan. In fact, Bruce describes her as the "secret weapon" in his success.
Stepping Back In Time
Bruce, an accomplished engineer, knows everything is interconnected and that all parts need to work together in harmony to have a great experience. This knowledge made ManUP all the more appealing to him as the program's holistic approach interconnecting mind, body, and spirit all working together made intuitive sense to him, so it was easy to for him to adopt it.
He and Holly have already successfully experienced 31 of our National Parks. For Bruce, ManUP is the key to being healthier, and feeling much younger. "It's like I had a deep drink from the fountain of youth as it took me back close to my prime," he said.