Bob Pichette from Stittsville, Ontario, shares his journey with health and fitness. The following is his story in his own words.

I am 77 years young.

I was diagnosed with Myeloma cancer in March of 2018. The following month I retired just before my 76th birthday. We’re not all dealt aces in life – I convinced myself that “it is what it is.” At that point, I abandoned the physical and social activities in my life.

My dear wife, Cathy, thought that I was becoming depressed. I didn’t have any enthusiasm towards an aim or purpose in life. Little did I know that things were about to change. She urged and encouraged me to join GoodLife Fitness near our home in Stittsville, and I said I would (I always do as she asks). The following day, Friday, January 4, I followed her advice and enrolled.

I decided to include the option of a Personal Trainer and signed up for four sessions a week for a year. Although I have had gym memberships in the past, I had never worked with a Personal Trainer before, and I now know that it was the best decision I ever made.

I lucked out when I was assigned Jordan Steinberg as my trainer, and we began our journey on Monday, January 7.

Jordan set up my own “little red workout book” outlining our sessions together. With his professionalism, expertise and nutritional knowledge, he guided me into dropping 11 pounds in the first nine weeks to a goal weight of 146 pounds. I am very thankful.

I am also proud to say that as of Thursday, May 9, we achieved 72 consecutive training sessions in a row. Life is good one day at a time!

I never thought I’d say this, but every morning I look forward to getting to the gym and working the program that Jordan has set up for me. 

Today I’m still going strong, and the rest is history. Cathy and I celebrated our 50th (golden) wedding anniversary on Thursday, July 4.