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Sharing Success: Lyle Orr

Lyle and Jeff

As guests make their transition back home, most head out our doors with vision of a changed lifestyle and a new way of living. Lyle Orr took his vision one step further and said in 3 months, I will be able to do anything I want to do. I will be road biking, playing softball, kick boxing, and my overall feeling will be completely different. I often ask guests … what makes this important to you? Lyle unwaveringly said this is for my kids, my wife, my family; 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 4 weeks total. 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 not stopping Mr. Lyle Orr, he signed up for the http://www.h3daily.com/h3athome/h3athome-coaching/and as his coach, I knew he was going to hit the ground running.
To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how he was going to do it. Leading a busy work life, caring for two kids, D.J’s 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 is 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 to wear 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 he was in the thick of things, ran out of metabo meals, but at first chance 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 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 (which he says the instructors are not nearly as hard as Katie, Karla or Amber) and just a few weeks ago 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 D.J’s
Even being away so much Lyle often D.J’s back home on the side. Not many healthy options for food so 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. Become 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 him about everything he knows. He’s become an expert creating a lifestyle and others are taken 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 work has assigned him the leadership role in developing a new corporate wellness program.


These are only a glimpse of the strategies Lyle has created, but they serve as key examples of making lifestyle changes sustainable no matter the work schedule. His ability to affect others is similar to the vibe guests typically get at H3 and now I can confidently say he’s made his own HHHealth at home. Lyle is now down an entire “Century” when it comes to his weight and it’s all due to the fact that the weight has followed his behaviors.
Lyle will be back for this year’s Devin’s Dash on October 8th, 2011 therefore next time you see a photo post-race, You won’t even recognize him!

Check out Lyle’s journey more on at his blog: www.Theorracle.blogspot.com

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