John Coleran: After The “Come To Jesus” Talk

by Martha Hicks Leta

There’s that dreaded moment in the doctor’s office, some people call it the “Come to Jesus” talk, where the doctor tells you to change your ways, or else. In John Coleran’s cases it went something like, “Do something your health or you’ll be going on the needle,” meaning, if he didn’t drop some serious weight and get his Type 2 diabetes under control, he was looking at daily insulin injections and an increased dependency on other medications.

Coleran, 53, has spent most of his adult life struggling with his weight and the associated issues of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He’s tried gym memberships in the past, achieving some degree of success, but that quickly disappears as he gets bored and his motivation wanes.

“I pay all this money for a gym membership,” he said, “but the bottom line is, I get lazy if I don’t have someone pushing me.”

Lazy may be too strong of a word for John. His job as president of ABC Accurate Boat Care keeps him busy, stressed and hard at work. (When I called him for this article, he had to call me back because he was under a boat.) But, like many business owners, John finds it hard to carve out the time for exercise.

But after his doctor ‘s warning, John thought Fitness Together’s Great Jeans Challenge sounded ideal, not because he wanted to fit into a smaller size, but because he knew that the accountability factor of working with a personal trainer would get him out of the danger zone with his health in a hurry.

“The fact that you have someone who knows what they’re doing pushing you to your personal limit,” John said, “you don’t get that at a regular gym.”

When FT Norwell trainer Alicia Tasney first met John, she knew she had her work cut out for her. “John was out of shape when I met him. He didn’t like the idea of doing anything that involved jumping. We had some serious debates about what he was allowed to eat, too.”

John says Alicia’s program was really tough. He understands how she got the nickname Lucifer. “I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to do the things she was asking of me. It was incredibly hard.”

But John trusted his trainer, stuck with the program and saw great results. Says Tasney, “John dropped 2 pants sizes in 5 weeks, even before the Jeans challenge was over. Now John is one of my strongest clients and continues to surprise me each session with his athletic abilities.”

No one was more surprised than John when he was named FT Norwell’s July Client of the Month.

Now, nearing the end of his 8 week program, John has been able to safely lose around 15 pounds so far, and dropped from a size 40 waist to a size 36. Best of all, at his last physical, all his numbers had dropped down into a range considered safe and normal, and for that, John is grateful.

John trains at FT Norwell

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More about John’s company, ABC Accurate Boat Care


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