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wellness warrior

By Allyson Marrs

Each month, we'll feature a Bellevue Club member who's made a change in his or her life with the help of the Club's Wellness program.

During a winter vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, member Steve Mallouk took dozens of photos with his family to commemorate the trip. But when he got home, he was less than thrilled with his appearance in the snapshots. Upset with the weight he had gained, and where his body was storing it, Steve enrolled in Your Body Your Life.

Steve worked closely with Jason Kennedy, Dietitian Cindy Farricker and his trainer, Ramses Chmait. For him, nutrition help made the biggest impact. Cindy helped Steve plan healthy meals each day, find filling, low-calorie snacks to keep his energy levels high, redefine portion sizes and helped him decide on better food and beverage choices throughout the day.

Because his activity level was higher—he plays ice hockey, skis and cycles—Cindy showed him the foods he should be picking the day before, the day of and the day after these high-energy hobbies. "By following her advice, I began to feel much more energetic during and after my sports activities," he said.

He even learned easy tricks to take with him on his next vacation, which can be one of the most difficult times to maintain weight.

With the fuel aspect covered, Steve had to then learn how to expel the energy. Ramses worked closely with Steve to develop upper-body exercises that suited his needs, and helped build muscle. The exercises were easy enough that Steve could do them on his own time, and varied so he could cycle through them, working muscle groups he didn't always target. "Now when I go to the gym, I cycle through the different workouts and have seen increases in both strength and endurance," he said.

YBYL also incorporates cardio training, which many people leave out when trying to do a program on their own. With Jason's help, Steve found his heart-rate zone, and what that means to his workouts. "I am cycling farther, faster and more aggressively up hills than I ever have in my life," Steve said.

By the end of the program, Steve shed 18 pounds of fat and gained one pound of lean body mass. He also dropped two pants sizes. "I feel much more alive, and when I participate in external sports I have much greater energy and endurance than I did last year."

With a little patience—and trust in the program—changes will happen. "I was skeptical about the role and impact that the trainers could have on me, but once I committed to following their guidelines, it was remarkable how quickly I started to see results."

The Bellevue Club offers a variety of wellness programs, classes and seminars. In addition, if you want a more individualized approach, the Club's Your Body, Your Life program might be for you. Call 425-688-3461 or email for more information.


Wellness Coordinator: Jason Kennedy | 425-688-3461 |

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