BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) – For the last two years a Baton Rouge man has been on a mission to change his life to become healthy and fit, and with the help of the YMCA and a little determination he did that and more.
These days Vince Lagattuta ends his day with a workout. Running, biking or even a swim. This may seem easy for him now, but that wasn’t the case two years ago.
“Nothing was working for me. I was about 120 pounds overweight. I weighed 337 pounds,” said Lagattuta.
He was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.
“Your sugar level and your cholesterol are racing to see who’s going to get to 300 first, and that really shook me up.”
He knew he had to make a change.
“I think the real realization, we went to Disney World and I couldn’t ride some of the rides. I had stood in line for three hours. I was so mad, and I was like you know what, I got to do something.”
In June 2018 he had Gastric Sleeve Surgery to kick off his lifestyle transformation.
“It really is just a tool. Diet, exercise. And he told me right when I asked him about it, he said don’t stop working out.”
He quickly started to feel better.
“It’s just been incredible. Every single time I saw him I was watching him transform before my eyes. It was awesome! I loved being his cheerleader. And that’s why we’re here and be cheerleaders for people and help answer questions along the journey,” said YMCA Personal Trainer Meredith Atterbery.
He lost 120 pounds, but that was just the start.
“When my doctor said keep working out and I saw Meredith, she was an iron man, and there were people around me that were come on you can do it! Especially around here at the Y. I thought you know what it’s on my bucket list let’s do it.”