Auchter was your average overweight, under-exercised, cigarette
smoking, visit-the-bar-a-bit-too-often type of guy. The Cedarburg
resident had been too busy over the years ó college, a law degree
from Marquette University, the tax director position at Sargento Foods
ó to notice.
That was, until an elk hunting trip
placed a giant magnifying glass on his health.
"I went on an elk hunting trip in
Colorado and was huffing and puffing the whole time," Auchter
says. "I was always far behind the last guy. I was smoking at the
time and clearly out of shape and I thought, ĎIíve got to do
something about it. I need to be in the proper physical condition if I
want to be able to get out and enjoy hunting.í"
The day after he returned, Auchter quit
smoking. Two weeks later, he joined Form & Fitness gym, even
though he never really considered himself a "gym type of
Itís been three years since Auchterís
epiphany and he couldnít be happier ó or healthier. The
39-year-old is 25 pounds slimmer, stronger and has completed a
triathlon, numerous 5K and 10K runs and this year, a half-marathon. He
is already scheming for 2010: a marathon.
Starting an exercise routine is only
half of the battle. Sticking to it is another hurdle altogether.
Auchter set challenges to stay focused. His first goal was get in
shape to be able to enjoy hunting. Later, he set his sights on
completing a triathlon. Auchter also changes his workout routine every
month to keep it interesting. In summer, Auchter takes his cardio
The workouts helped, but it was a
change in diet that led to most of Auchterís weight loss. He
enrolled in a 16-week nutrition class at his gym, where healthy habits
were reinforced and new information was passed along. Auchter, who
once maintained a six- to eight-can-a-day soda habit, now only adds
the sugary substance to the occasional alcoholic beverage.
Auchter is a busy guy, and one who can
work long hours. Dinner had always been a challenge for the tax
attorney and oftentimes fast food was how he ended his day. These
days, Auchter prepares his meals in advance. He will cook up a chicken
on a Sunday and then use it for a variety of meals throughout the
"If I know I can be eating within
10 minutes of getting home, I am not tempted to pick up fast
food," he says.
Itís not about a dramatic weight loss
or taking on some impossible goal, Auchter says. Instead the fitter
average Joe believes the path to success is to focus on something in
your life you wish you could be doing better.
"Maybe itís keeping up with your
kids or grandkids," he says. "Or maybe you want to be better
at your hobby. Whatever it is, thatís where the motivation to get
into shape begins."