Imagine making a New Year's resolution and sticking with it for an entire 12 months, what could you accomplish?
One Devils Lake man did just that and now he's half the man he used to be, literally.

Imagine making a New Year’s resolution and sticking with it for an entire 12 months, what could you accomplish?

One Devils Lake man did just that and now he’s half the man he used to be, literally.
Like many people 47-year old Brian Sowatzki struggled with his weight, gaining, losing and gaining again until he reached a whopping 395 pounds. That’s when he decided to take charge of his life and do something different.
“I tried losing weight by myself on and off my whole life, but I’d always gain it back and then some,” Sowatzki explained.

Doing it on his own wasn’t working for him, not in the long run. So he decided to make a New Year’s resolution before he hit that 400 lb. mark. He went to Lake Region Fitness and met up with Ben Gleason, the manager there, whom Sowatzki says has been a huge help to him in the last 12 months.

Plus he found a program through Sanford Hospital in Fargo called Profile that provided individual weight and health lifestyle management complete with his own coach, Kelsie Tucholke. Sowatzki travels to Fargo every two months for sessions with his coach and often speaks with her by telephone when he’s in need of encouragement or advice.
Gleason is so proud of Sowatzki and how successful he’s been this past year. As manager of Lake Region Fitness he is in talks with Altru Clinic Lake Region to begin a partnership, of sorts, to bring a program like Profile to Devils Lake so others can see the success that Sowatzki has seen.

“The hardest part is motivation,” Sowatzki admits. He says there were times he would walk into City Plaza heading for the gym and turn right around and go home, but then the next day he’d come back and spend time in the gym and steam room.
He never gave up.

He says it was the steam room that kept him coming back some days more than anything because as a snow plow driver and equipment operator for the NDDOT he does a lot of sitting for his job.
Before his weight loss he was experiencing soreness in his hip and looking at type 2 diabetes setting in.

Now his new lifestyle has become a habit and he wants to continue, his goal is 215 lbs. only 27 to go. He’s lost 14 inches on his waist alone and the sore hip is sore no more.
“I have so much energy, I never just sit around in my chair like I used to,” he says. “It’s made a world of difference in my life and my attitude.”

Interested in changing your life for the better in 2018? Call Gleason at 350-0168, maybe he can help you too.