Discussion
  • WOO HOO! Waita go Lyle, I’m so happy for you. You’re a true inspiriation (and ball of fun!). Keep setting the bar high!

    From Meg DeRoo
    February 12, 2012

  • Thanks Meg! It has been a terrific year. I like everyone to know that despite your work, home, travel or other obligations, there is still not an excuse to be found. It is entirely possible to manage through all of those obstacles.

    From Lyle Orr
    February 12, 2012

  • Hi Lyle…we have never met, however, I have read some of your comments to various postings here on the H3 Daily site. Great story and special congrats on your excellent progress! Wishing you continued success going forward…thanks for sharing your inspiring story.
    Trev Witt

    From Trev Witt
    February 14, 2012

  • Lyle!! Good to get this official share success up. I know many h3 alumni have truly connected with your story. You’re a role model buddy. I cant wait to see ya again in August!!

    From Jeff
    February 15, 2012

Sharing Success: Lyle Orr

I often ask guests, “What makes this important to you?”  Lyle, unwavering said, “This is for my kids, my wife, not to wear a seatbelt extender on an airplane; this is so I can change my life and then be compassionate towards others.” To narrow down the motivators and the vision is the first step, but would he translate this over? I had no doubt in my mind and here is his story…

Lyle Orr checked into Hilton Head Health in late April and stayed for the entire month. During his program, Lyle was a ball of energy that spurred everyone to push harder and motivated everyone alike in our patented Hilton Head Health Treading Class. His yips and yells could spook even the most fearless, but the fight and motivation he showed during his H3 Journey was rare and infectious. Day in and day out, Lyle would come into every fitness class and lifestyle lecture ready to work, ready to commit to a new way of living. After successfully losing 23 pounds and 8 inches there was no stopping Lyle, he signed up for the H3@Home Coaching.

To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how he was going to do it. Leading a busy work life, caring for two kids, DJing on the weekends, finding time to spend with his wife Jess — Oh, and knowing he’d be flying to Fort Lauderdale every week, how was he going to make this work? Well he did and below are only a few of the incredible strategies he came up with dating, all the way back to his first day outside the H3 bubble.

1.         The Breakfast Whack!

½ Cup Fiber One Honey Crunch, ½ Cup 1% cottage cheese, ½ Plain yogurt (add Splenda, vanilla extract) and top with cut blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries. This is Lyle’s go-to breakfast and its spread like wildfire — his family and co-workers can’t get enough. 

2.         Unwise, Better, BEST – how he wants it

During meals on the plane or in business meetings, Lyle shoots to make the BEST choice he can and the fact is he doesn’t settle. I remember one meeting, Lyle was in the thick of things and ran out of metabo meals.  At first chance, he jumped out the hotel door for a healthy option from Subway. He orders the salad dressings on the side, lets the servers leave the butter off, and tells them exactly what he wants.

 3.          Established the Fitness

Whether Lyle’s in Fort Lauderdale or back home in Wisconsin, he has a plan in place for his fitness. After first feeling things out in Florida, he joined a cardio boxing studio (where he says the instructors are not nearly as hard as Karla or Amber!). He purchased a bike to keep while he’s down there on business. At home he has Jess and the kids to go bike riding with and he’ll often hit the tennis court with his daughter.

4.         Dances while he DJs

Even with being away so much, Lyle often DJs back home on the side. With few healthy options for food, he’ll pack and plan ahead of time for each event. He even makes sure to give up the mic now and then and hit the dance floor during his gigs. He’s a new and improved Orracle!

5.         Became a Role Model

This is a not a strategy, but someone who he’s become. With all his bouncing around, not everyone sees Lyle on a weekly basis. As co-workers and family have seen his changes, he’s constantly telling them about everything he knows. He’s become an expert on creating a lifestyle and others are taking notice because of his energy and openness. In his home town they are starting a health initiative, which Lyle plans to be a part of. Moreover, his company has assigned him the leadership role in developing a new corporate wellness program.

This is only a glimpse of the strategies Lyle created, but this serves as a key example of making lifestyle changes sustainable, no matter the work schedule. Lyle is now down an entire “Century” of weight-loss and it’s all due to the fact that the weight has followed his behaviors.

 

Please comment on how H3@Home Coaching has benefitted you in any of the following areas: appearance, motivation, energy, exercise habits, eating habits, sleep, self-esteem or stress.

I think about how well I did while onsite at H3 but in reality, the bulk of my success happened after I left.  Of the 127 pounds I have lost, 74% came after I left H3.  I contribute this success to the ongoing coaching and advice.  I stayed on track, can do SO much more today and am not tired throughout the day like before.  My sleep is deeper and better quality and I am shot out of a cannon most of the day and night.  I have learned how to succeed while traveling 2-3 weeks a month which everyone instantly assumes is impossible.  It is not!  Some days I work out 2 times because I enjoy it so much.

 

What successes can you attribute to wellness coaching and the continued at-home support?

Through wellness coaching, I was able to navigate difficult business trips and food obstacles.  We planned the upcoming challenges and arrived at options and a plan to prevent being in potentially high risk situations. Knowing I had Jeff available to ask about a situation and to cheer me on when I had success drove me to continue pushing hard every day.

 

How has wellness coaching impacted your behaviors/lifestyle at home?

Everyone in our home is healthier today.  My kids feel better and natively make better choices when given options.  My wife has lost over 20 pounds just through simple changes in our overall lifestyle.  I now sleep through the night without apnea which also means my wife sleeps through the night as well. 

 

Final thoughts shared by Lyle:

Recently, my company featured my success in our ‘Employee Spotlight’ section (at the end of this article) to keep people motivated with the New Year and the usual resolutions made by so many this time of year.  The greatest part for me is having others ask me for help and guidance.  Several employees that I do not even know as they work at home or in other states have reached out to me.  This makes me very happy to know I can pay it forward and share all of the great things I have learned at H3 and in the H3@Home Coaching program.  I am not done with my journey but only getting closer to some of my weight goals.  After that, my goals will be to maintain this healthy lifestyle and weight.  The foundations built by the ongoing support through the coaching program are cornerstones to maintenance and continued well-being.

Read more about Lyle’s journey at his blog: www.Theorracle.blogspot.com

H3@Home is dedicated to providing participants with the support, information and feedback to succeed in building a healthy lifestyle. By working one-on-one with our certified wellness coaches you will continue to make meaningful and sustainable changes to your lifestyle. Our goal is to hold you accountable and to provide positive perspective day in and day out. For more information on the H3 @ Home Wellness Coaching program, visit the official Hilton Head Health website.

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