Weight Loss Success Story: Dano Sayles of Maui Hawaii Lean, Strong and Healthy
I’d like to introduce you to my client and friend, Dano Sayles of Maui, Hawaii. Dano, husband, and father, is a successful realtor and business entrepreneur who has recently accomplished a tremendous, goal.
Dano shed 40 pounds in two months. His body fat dropped from 33% to 26% and lost an impressive 7 inches from his waistline! ( SEE PHOTOS BELOW ) He is 54 and is living proof that anyone can do it, you just need the support and tools.
We all know the challenge of losing weight and keeping it off can be frustrating and defeating. But when you have a plan and surround yourself with a team to support and guide you reaching your goals is awesome!
The world looks different. Your clothes fit different, you move differently with a profound inner and outer strength, and the world sees you differently. People want what you have and that is pure and simple, health and vitality.
Dano transformed his life and has kindly allowed me to share his story on how he did it. There is no secret formula, no magic pill or wave of a wand. So, how did he do it? Well, he was first motivated by a contest called the 6 pack challenge. People from all over the country would post their weight loss goals and history on FaceBook and by a certain date, there would be a winner with the most weight lost. Dano is competitive.
He discovered the popular movie, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, a Joe Cross Film. This film is real, raw and really incredible and shows the emotional connection to food, unhealthy habits and the debilitating physical results a poor diet.
Inspired by the movie and the amazing results the people in the film were having, Dano came to me fully ready to commit. It was time to shed the weight for good and start a new, healthy and energized life. Little did he know just how much it would change his life in every way. We had some very big goals ahead of us.
I had been coaching and training with Dano in the past and often travel or the demands of his business would pull him off course. We’d reach some decent goals and then we’d have to start over also sometimes due to injuries.
Like the movie illustrated, I mentioned to him that I had tried juicing myself and knew of well known chef on Maui named Craig King. He offered a service of preparing daily fresh juices as a way to cleanse and jump start many people who needed help in cleaning out the body and starting anew. I also knew they would get along very well and have a supportive relationship, which is critical during this transition from food to no food.
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by Suzie Cooney, CPT owner of Suzie Trains Maui
Maui, HI. December 20, 2011 : Listen & Learn About Ten Survival Tips For Holiday Parties on Suzie Cooney’s Radio Health & Fitness Segment with the Maui Breakfast Club, every Tuesday on Maui’s KNUI 900AM @ 7:30am
On air Suzie Cooney shares her 10 Survival Tips for the Holidays!
CLICK HERE and listen and learn how to manage those fabulous holiday parties. Save your waistline and those extra calories that may sneak up on you at the buffet line, pastry cart or holiday dinner.
It’s not easy to pass up a delicious dessert, or that yummy, oh so fat filled glass of eggnog. Don’t fret, make a plan and practice talking more and scan the buffet table or bar and make a plan NOT to lose it, but enjoy in moderation without regret or extra time on the treadmill.
Today, on this special holiday show I’ve listed 10 helpful tips to keep you smiling and not sweating too much at the gym. Enjoy your holidays and friends and just learning a few of these tips will see you through to the next party without gaining an ounce, well maybe a few.
My top suggestion is to eat something prior to the party that combines protein and fiber to fill you up before you charge to front of the buffet line. Drink lots of water and leave the elastic pants or skirt at home!
Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trans Maui is a weekly guest on the Maui Breakfast Club with Tom Blackburn Rodriguez and Kellie Pali and shares every week, her healthy tips from how to train for big surf, to how to avoid weight gain at big buffets. For over 12 years she has helped hundreds of people get in the shape of their lives and live the life Maui offers. People come from all over to train and learn from her.
Tune in every week, Tuesday on Maui’s KNUI 900AM at 7:30am or click here to catch the daily, live broadcast from anywhere in the world.
Tom, Suzie and Kellie photo by Simone Reddingious
Feel free to share your comments and tell us your tips to help our audience enjoy the holidays without sabotaging one’s hard work to get in and stay in shape.
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August 28, 2010 Maui, Hawaii
Anyone who has had the luxury of visiting or living on Maui, can only describe the beauty of the ocean. Having the opportunity to experience it, play in it, and making it a part of one’s healthy lifestyle, one can only be so fortunate.
Once again, I had the pleasure of meeting some fine women of Maui who joined me in this experience. These women charged on the water and did it with confidence, grace and power.
A Healthy Day of Fun on Maui
Stand up paddling ( SUP ) offers all of that. Today we also had a surprise, a small pod of curious dolphins! Rarely do I see them so close in and it really made for a memorable experience!
Meet Jenn, Peggy, Stacey, Monica, Janet and Amanda. What a cool group of gals. Of course we laughed, splashed and tried a few moves on the board that caused a few grunts ( Stacey….. ). What I also thought was great, is that we traded boards now and then to feel the different types of board that offered new challenges. Some boards were less stable, some more. Their paddling strokes by the end of the hour were very impressive. I had a stubborn droplet of water on my camera, so sorry for the blurry photos!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Suzie! Saturday was an amazing day for me. I was definitely apprehensive about my capabilities. I have terrible balance, but I really wanted to learn a sport that would let me enjoy the ocean. Your instruction and encouragement gave me the confidence to try and I had so much fun (even if I did spend more time in the water than everyone else)! I now feel confident in learning the basics and I know that I can easily get back up when I fall. Enjoying the peaceful morning with a great group of women and seeing dolphins made the experience that much more special. I can’t wait until I can go out again! Thank you again, you really are an inspiration! And also thank you for the goody bag and to your wonderful sponsors, Naish, OluKai, and the American Heart Association, who so generously donated to our goody bag.
P.S. I didn’t want to return my rented board without getting a bit more practice. I met my husband and we went to Wailea Beach. I showed him what I had learned and then he too gave it a try. He’s not much of a water person but he shared my enthusiasm and so next time we’ll rent two boards and practice together. My goal is to purchase boards and make this a regular part of our life. And hopefully, inspire my daughters too! Thank you. Peggy, Kula
Thanks to Suzie I can now call myself a Stand-up Paddler! I had tried many times, to stand up on a board, and always failed. It was so frustrating. I could never get my balance. Taking Suzie’s clinic taught me all the little “secrets” and tid-bits that you would not know on your own or a friend won’t tell you. I was up standing and paddling immediately and kept it going the whole time! Although I’m sure my form was not it’s best, I felt like a pro. I have since gone by myself with no problems at all. I am now purchasing a board and will make it a point to get out there as often as I can. Great exercise, great scenery and great fun! Thank you Suzie! You are a dream!! Stacey, Kihei
Wow! Thank you so much for the AMAZING and INSPIRING free women’s SUP clinic you held today. With absolutely perfect weather and your constantly cheerful and encouraging attitude it could not have been any better. We were greeted by lake like conditions and Suzie’s contagious zest for life.
Starting it off with helpful safety tips and a little basic SUP 101 we were off! It’s amazing how much more confidant I was entering the water today after getting some tips from a real pro.Once we were out and up, Suzie paid careful attention to each and every one of us individually as well as collectively; and continued to coach and encourage us all.
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Moving Beyond Obstacles
You want to exercise regularly, but you keep encountering roadblocks—those creative, persuasive excuses you come up with for not sticking to your plan. It’s a lifestyle! Identify what is in your way and charge ahead! I wanted to share with you a few tips that may help you keep your fitness goals on track. Some days or weeks feel like a huge mountain before you. Schedules, lack of sleep and other demands of life can creep in.
Don’t get discouraged and if you have one day that’s off, simply regroup and begin again.
Here are a few tips that I think might help:
A perceived lack of time is a common excuse for not exercising. When life gets hectic, exercise is usually the first thing to go. It’s easy to convince yourself that the morning jog can wait until lunchtime or after dinner, and then tomorrow!
Not enough time!
Excuse #1: I Don’t Have Enough Time.
Solution. Commitments, responsibilities and the demands of work, family and social life are always going to be there. You can choose to prioritize exercise now—or you can wait until you are forced to make it a priority. You will be more productive! Even just 10 to 30 minutes a day of exercise, if done consistently, can provide heath benefits. How about scheduling 30-minute appointments with yourself in your day planner?
Excuse #2: I Have No Energy. When you have had a long day at work, it’s tempting to want to go home, sit down on the coach and “zone out” in front of the television.
Solution. Schedule your workout for a different time. Get up 45 minutes earlier and go for a walk. Or keep your fitness gear in the car and go straight to the gym on the way home. It may be a good idea to schedule workouts with a friend—you won’t want to disappoint your buddy by not showing up. Know, too, that exercise gives you more energy!
Excuse #3: I Hate Exercise. Exercise can seem like a chore if the activity you’ve chosen doesn’t appeal to you.
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Mike Young is the one to watch these days! He inspires me everyday when I need to go one more mile or one more stroke, I think of Mike! I have the sincere pleasure of getting to know Mike and want to thank you again Mike for my pipe. Bikes runs like a champ! His mom Linda, is one of my best friends here on Maui and I know is also very proud of him.
I’m incredibly grateful to share this story with all of you. So keep your eyes on the finish line, and look for “Young”.
Mike Young Jr. was at the pinnacle of his motorcycle racing career as one of the top 4-stroke motocross racers in the world. Recognized for speed and grace on the motocross track he was also one of the most likeable and professional motocross racers of the late 1990’s. His attitude of fairness and contagious smile, even if a day at the track didn’t go so well kept him on top in more ways then one could imagine. Mike’s good spirits lifted those around him and it seemed there was nothing this young man couldn’t accomplish on a motorcycle. Then at the young age of 27 Mike Young Jr. was about to be faced with his greatest challenge. Folks on the outside may view April of 1997 as the worst time in his life but as I sit here telling his story it might have been one of the best.
Mike was contesting another national championship trying to add one more to the three already in his possession when things went very wrong. While attempting a 90-foot jump at Glen Helen raceway in California he mis-landed with the motorcycle flipping on top of his back. Mike was paralyzed instantly breaking his T-9-T-10 vertebrae. These severe injuries would devastate most but with an enormous heart and determination Mike Young Jr. was going to fight to get back on top once again. It wasn’t long after the crash that confined this racer to a wheelchair that I spoke with him at his home in California some 8 years ago; his positive outlook on the future has inspired me even to this day.
With a life changing incident of this magnitude much the same as thousands of others with disabilities have gone through it was time to grab the Bull by the horns, face fear and attack life in a positive way. While still adjusting to life in a wheelchair it only took a few months before Big Gun Exhaust Systems, Inc. a 4-stroke motorcycle and ATV exhaust system company was born. This brainchild of the Young Gun (Mikes Nickname)as of this writing has grown to the 3rd largest manufacture and supplier of aftermarket exhaust systems in the U.S.
Having a successful motorcycle related business however satisfying just didn’t quite fill the racing void that is Mike Young Jr. During his quest to find some sort of racing that was viable Mike dabbled in small off road race cars but without much competition he furthered his quest. Being disabled did limit his choices in motorsports racing but as luck or fate would have it West Coast Pro Trucks was introduced to him. The circle track NASCAR based truck series could become reality for a disabled person but it would take fortune to make it happen. Well just months after watching one race Mike was on the phone taking with folks at West Coast Performance that could help him retrofit a race truck to accommodate complete control using hand controls. Not soon after that a race truck was ordered with the rest now becoming legend.
By 2003 everything came together and in his inaugural year Mike Young Jr. was Irwindale Raceway’s Rookie of the year. Then in 2004 made history as the first driver in a local NASCAR Weekly Racing Series to win a heat race while in a wheelchair and then place 2nd and 3rd overall in two events. Then outdid himself once again qualifying on the pole position at the last race of the 2004 season nearly beating the track record.
Mike’s future 2010 goals are to finish the famous Ironman Triathlon in Kona Hawaii this October. Mike has been training for this event for a year and a few months winning this years LA Marathon as a great started to the year!
He is sponsored by:
Sports Quest Vitamins
Hoy Fox Toyota and Lexus
CAF-Challenged Athlete Foundation
Road 2 Recovery Helping injured athletes
Young Gun Performance Coatings
Keep up the excellent training Mike and focus! We’ll pack our bags for Kona to cheer you on my friend!! GO Mike GO!
Aloha, Suzie Cooney, CPT