January 29, 2015
WHERE IS FITNESS? week 3:
Tragedy sparks change…
By Jennifer Ferguson
Though it’s sad, it often takes a tragic situation to spark a change. At 44 years old Sitka, Ky. resident, Bobbi Helmandollar, realized she needed to improve her lifestyle after watching her mother die of complications from congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes. Quitting her job to take care of her mother once she became bedfast, Helmandollar realized she was headed down the same path her mother was on.
“I had high blood pressure too, was on my way to becoming a diabetic and I was a smoker. I’ve pretty much always had health problems even with my breathing and restless leg syndrome. I decided that I was going to make a change to become healthier and not need all of the medication.”
Taking “before” pictures to use as motivation, Helmondollar, with the support of her husband, started eating a clean (no processed foods) diet, lifting weights, attending Zumba classes and quit smoking.
”Within 12 weeks my transformation was amazing. There were times I wanted to quit, but I didn’t. I’m determined to see my grandchildren grow up and be able to enjoy life to its’ fullest.”
Never using any type of products (pills, shakes, etc.), Helmandollar focuses on a strict diet to help maintain her physique which consists of no bread, no sweets, only water and coffee to drink, lots of asparagus, salads and meats that are only baked or grilled. In addition, she also has a home gym that features a wide variety of weights including a squat rack, leg press, dumb bells and more.
“I work out five days a week and do a variety of workouts. One day I’ll focus on my chest doing bench presses, use dumb bells for chest flies. The next I’ll work on my legs by doing leg presses, squats and lunges. I do pull-ups, cable rolls, military presses…just lots of different things to work each part of my body.”
Even though Helmandollar’s health has improved dramatically, since starting her journey just barely a year ago she is already off of all of her medication, she has goals she still wants to reach.
“I strive to one day compete in the Arnold Classic (an annual multidisciplinary sports convention and competition that takes place in Ohio) and plan to compete in other body building competitions by summer or fall.”
Helmandollar encourages anyone who is struggling with their health to start now by making healthier choices and to exercise.
“If my story helps just one person to change their life for the better, then it was worth the tears I wipe as I tell this story.”