Officer Sedric said, "I know I look better, feel better and that my confidence has never been higher."
Pictured left to right: David Atias, James Shoemaker and Sedric Smith
James Shoemaker, Mobile Officer in Milwaukee, WI has always made fitness a priority in his life. Now, he's leading two of his colleagues on the journey to a healthier lifestyle. "I have always liked to work out. I always hoped that I could motivate others by doing it myself." Officer Shoemaker has been serious about weight training and running for years. With some encouragement from Shoemaker, Officer Sedric Smith decided to join a local gym in January 2009. Shoemaker guided him through a regular weight training and jogging regimen, and Smith quickly dropped 25lbs. They were a force to be reckoned with.
Officer David Atias was fully aware that two of his fellow officers had begun transforming their lifestyle and as a result, their physical stature. He decided it was time for him to step up to the plate. He began biking on a daily basis. His skill level improved and the 3 officers started riding and informally competing with one another. In less than 6 months, Officer Atias lost 70lbs. Today, you can find Atias at the gym running, biking and weight training.
When asked what their goal weights are, these gentlemen simply explain that it's not about the number on the scale, but rather the way they feel. "Our ultimate goal is to get ripped and to get in the best shape of our lives," said Shoemaker. But what happens when someone slips up? They've figured out a way to address that too. Each participant has their own set of goals which include nutrition. If someone violates their plan, they must document it on a list that is visible to the entire group. They understand that the more they cheat, the longer it will take to achieve their goals. Sedric said that his confidence level has improved and in some ways, he "feels invincible." He feels as though his job performance has improved too. The physical demand of the job is no longer so demanding. Completing tasks is easier and done much quicker. He feels more energized and alert than before. Sedric said, "I know I look better, feel better and that my confidence has never been higher."