The Shipyard Strength & Conditioning

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Meet Thomas.  He's a 28 year old husband and father of four who is ready to change his life. Join him in his journey to reclaim his health! 

April 7th, 2018

It’s amazing how the human body will communicate to you. When you run too hard or do a really fast paced cardio workout, your body will fatigue and you may feel your heart rate shoot through the roof. I got a little dose of body communication since my last post but unfortunately not in a good way.

One of my biggest struggles in life is simply saying no to people. I try to take on the world to the point where my schedule is so full and I have little time for my family and definitely no time for myself. Lately I have been committed to so much and I have been burning the candle at both ends. Lets just say that my body was not happy. Working so hard, helping so many, and sleeping 4-5 hours a night finally caught up with me. My body decided to speak up. I ended up with strep and influenza.

You see I feel the improvement in strength and stamina. I feel the increase in energy since I have been working out with the Shipyard. So I thought this just meant I could just do more but man was I wrong. I do have to say that I am thankful for this sickness as weird as it may sound. My body shut itself down temporarily so that I would get the rest that I have been lacking for so long. I had a lot of time to think and reflect on my life and came to the conclusion that I need to scale back big time and focus on myself and my family. I am done suffering, I am done putting my family on the back burner, and I am ready to improve. I learned such a great lesson through all of this; keeping stress down and finding time to truly rest and meditate is just as important and vital to my journey here at the Shipyard as diet and exercise. I love people and I love helping but I need to say NO to all the other commitments more often and say yes to me more often.

Today I start a new schedule which includes rest, meditation, and family time. I am so excited for this new venture.

February 16th, 2018

I finished OnRamp!!! I was so stoked when we completed that intro class to this awesome program. 

 I know I finished OnRamp with the most awesome people!!! I feel and continue to feel supported on this journey. Since my last post I have gone down a shirt and pant size which I am super stoked on!!! I can't thank Jen, KP, and Abs enough for pushing me further than I ever would of and for never ever letting me give up!!!! I continue to fight the good fight when it comes to food but I have slipped up a few times. I hate slipping up because my body just feels like crap afterwards and I get into this slump like I have been working so hard to go forward and I just took ten steps back because I ate that crap. Now normally I would just quit but I feel like I would let my family down at home and my family down at the Shipyard! I keep pushing forward and I am motivated by everyone here.

My First Class After OnRamp

I would be lying if I said I was fully confident and not nervous at all when I walked in my first class after onramp. I walked into this class and didn’t see any of my classmates from OnRamp. So I went through the class and slowly introduced myself and, as we started the workout for the day, all of a sudden I started hearing everyone encouraging me and if I slowed down, they would push me to continue. I have never in my life been to a gym where I felt so encouraged and every one wants me to succeed! I am only a month and a half in, my energy level is up, and I am slowly noticing that I can do things that I couldn’t before. Recently I was driving with my family to Sunriver and we stopped at a rest stop. We all got out of the car and I ran like 7 laps around the loop with the kids :) My wife was so amazed because I would have never done that before. My big goals at the moment are working on my water intake and getting enough sleep at night. I am excited for my next class on Tuesday.


January 19th

I just finished my second week of the on ramp class at the shipyard.  I can tell you one thing for sure, I knew I was out of shape but I didn’t know I was this out of shape.  I am feeling muscles in my body that I didn’t even know I had.  

Class has been great!!!!!  I can’t say enough great things about it.  I am a pretty prideful man.  So when girls in the class are finishing their workouts before me, I started to feel ashamed and embarrassed.  I would start to doubt myself and want to quit.  I knew if I quit that failure would once again rein in my life.  So I kept going and when I did, the girls and others in the class started supporting me and encouraging me.  This simple act of kindness pushed me to continue.  

It is so encouraging to have Jen coach us not only in the physical workouts but also coaching us in nutrition as well.  This really showed me that she cares about our health choices in and out of the gym.  

I had to miss class on Wednesday to go see a doc out of town.  Normally I would use this as a excuse to take a day off from working out but, I was able to find a gym and get a good workout in.  I felt so great and proud of myself for not flaking out.  

My eating habits have been changing quite a bit from day one.  I have eliminated most carbs, processed sugar, and dairy out of my diet.  Being a culinary major I am lucky enough to know how to get creative with healthy foods to make a variety of meals so that I don’t get bored with it.  I did slip up on the weekend when I was in Portland and went out to olive garden and had fettuccine Alfredo and I felt so sick afterwards!

   I am working on getting my water intake to where it should be.  I will have to say this has been my biggest struggle but it is getting better every day.  

I can’t wait to get back to class on Monday.  I cant wait to find the better, stronger, healthier me.

January 10th, 2018

Hi there my name is Thomas Lee!  I am 28 years old, a husband of a beautiful wife, and a father of four amazing kids.  I have always been a little heavy around the gut area!  Being self conscious about my body shape is a everyday struggle. I really kinda let myself go when my wife got pregnant with our first child. I have gone through the motions of diets that you read about online, pills that you see on TV, and even programs that you pay an arm and a leg for that don’t work.  Since our first son, I started developing a lot of health crippling habits that resulted in a lot of weight gain.  Like I said I have gone through the motions with gyms and the problem with me and gyms is that I just always feel lost and don’t know where to start.  So I always just end up on a treadmill or a bike where I just got bored and, when it came time the next day to go to the gym, I had no motivation to go.  So I would go out to eat instead where I felt more comfortable.  It’s hard to go to the gym alone and be surrounded by people alot more fit than you and feel like you belong.  Thoughts of doubt and self consciousness would always fill my head in the gym so I would quit.  I am a culinary arts and restaurant management major;  I love to cook fresh and eat flavorful foods that stimulate my pallet.  I have taken so many nutrition classes but for some reason still also find my comfort food in fast food.  


I have always driven by and heard so many great things about The Shipyard S.C.  So after 5 years of putting on nearly 100 pounds and 3 more kids later, I am just so sick of being so tired and never having energy for my family or be active with them.  I can tell it’s wearing on them and so it’s time for change.  I knew I couldn’t just join another gym and fail.  I knew I needed accountability and a group setting.  So at this point I started cutting out artificial sugars, most carbs, and most dairy.  My next step was to reach out to Jen at the Shipyard and get my journey started. She said I could start with the On Ramp class on Wednesday January 10th.  When I arrived at the gym my mind started filling up with all those overwhelming horrible thoughts again, but I am determined to not let failure win again.  I met with Jen to start the paperwork and she was so great to talk with and be honest and open with about my struggles.  She encouraged me and told me that they would meet me where I am at and do all the thinking for me.  So all I had to do was show up which is exactly what I needed.  I started class with 9 other people that were all very uplifting and encouraging and made me feel like a million bucks.  This was the first time I left a gym and felt like there was hope.  This was the first time I left a gym excited to come back.  I am excited to find the new better me through the Shipyard Strength and Conditioning.

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