Ryan Reuille

Performance Purple Team

Ryan Reuille is a Fort Wayne native.  Ryan and his wife, Antoinette, have been married for 10 years and have a 6 year old son named Kellan.  Ruby, an 11 year old black lab, Daisy, a 3 year old yellow lab, and Daphne, a 1 year old cat, are the family pets.  Ryan has been employed by Crosby Excavating, Inc. since 2004.  Ryan’s hobbies include spending time with the family, golfing, and relaxing at the lake.  Currently, Ryan is completing a master’s degree in business management at IPFW. 


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7/3/2017

So, if you didn't read Tina's post below, here is how my weekend went.  Saturday was the 1/2 marathon for the contestants and public.  All of the contestants rocked it.  I am so proud to be able to say I am a part of this group.  For me, I was not able to run, due to my injured Achilles' tendon.  Since I couldn't run, I was able to support the team by working one of the water stations.  I loved being able to see all of them confirm how far they have come this season.  In lieu of the run, I determined that I needed to swim for my final.  Nicole, one of the pool trainers, told me that swimming 3.1 miles (111 laps in Spiece's pool) is the equivalent to running the 1/2 marathon. So, yesterday morning I did it.  I completed the swim in 2 hours 40 minutes.  It was exhausting, but worth it.  As I said of the others, this confirmed how far I have come in 14 weeks. 

Looking into the future, I plan to continue with the new healthy lifestyle.  I know that times will be tough, but the FWSW family is there to help and assist me along the way.  I will NOT make the same mistakes that I have made in the past.  I need this now more than ever and it will happen.  I know that this will come, if I follow the plan set forth the last 14 weeks.  I know that injury won't slow me down, but provide me with different ways to train.  The biggest this is that nutrition is 80-90% of the battle.

Finally, please say a quick prayer for me, because I have the last of my Master's degree finals this coming Saturday.  If things go as planned, I will do well and accomplish straight A's through this program.  Thanks!

6/29/2017

I can't believe that it's Thursday already.  Time is flying by.  Today was a really fun workout.  We played water polo in the pool.  I loved it and got a really good workout in the process.  On to the bad news.  I must have pushed things too far last week, because my Achilles tendon is in really bad shape again.  Andreas put me back to exclusively pool workouts.  That means I am out for the 1/2 marathon (or 10k) this weekend.  I really wanted to get out there with everyone and share in the experience.  Fortunately, Tina and Ashlee have Tank (who is out also) at a water station on mile marker 2.  This will be great, because we get to cheer on everyone and help.  In lieu of the 1/2 marathon, and since I am cleared for swimming, I plan on trying to swim between 2 and 3 miles on Sunday morning.  This will be a great accomplishment for me.  It will help prove to myself how far I have come and remind me how much further I need to go.  If you are reading this before the 1/2 marathon, please keep all the contestants and public attending the event in your prayers.  They have all worked so hard to get here and deserve to have this accomplishment.

On another note, I will be finishing school the week after FWSW completes.  It's hard to imagine that this all started a year ago.  Things are getting hectic again though, with finals week looming.  The professors are getting everything in these last few weeks.  It will be quite a bit on my plate, but I have handled it so far, and I'm not turning back now.

 

Have a great holiday weekend, and I hope to see you out at the 1/2 marathon course.

 

6/22/2017

It has been a great week so far.  We started Monday night at Eddie Merlot's.  Everyone looked fabulous and had a great time.  Personally, I though the meal was fabulous and the staff was second to none.  I will definitely be going there again.  They even extended the offer that if we would give them a few days notice, the head chef (Edwin), said he would create a diet specific order for us.  This is remarkable and very appreciated.  I encourage everyone to go there and visit!!

Tuesday morning we had a weigh-in, and I lost another 8.2 pounds.  I am very proud of this.  It is remarkable to see the changes happening every week.  Our challenge this week is in the pool.  We have to swim 10 laps, wall kick for 10 minutes, swim 10 laps, wall kick for 10 minutes, and then do 25 push-ups on the wall.  I completed this the first time in 52 minutes and some change.  I am happy with the time, but I want to try to beat it again later this week.  I do want to give a shout out to Chuck and Shawn.  They were both in this morning busting out the challenge.  I appreciate the fact that I had the opportunity to help Chuck.  I remember back in season 5 and we were doing one of Amber's infamous 10 count wall sits, that managed to last what seemed like 10 minutes, and Chuck helped me get through it.  In my mind, this was a way that I could help repay Chuck's support.

 

6/19/2017

Well last week was very difficult for me personally.  I came down with a summer flu bug that just wouldn't quit.  I was out for 3 days and couldn't do much of anything.  I will admit, I am a little worried about this week's weigh-in, but I know that I stuck with the program and that nutrition is 80% (or more) of the battle.  To add on top of this, things are getting crazy busy with everything else that I am doing right now.  My work is slammed with things to do (not to mention that I missed three days last week) and my schooling is getting much more difficult.  I am finding it very hard to fit everything into the day, and still get some sleep.  If I were to guess, I think I am probably getting about 6 hours of sleep each night.  There is light at the end of the tunnel though.  My schooling is scheduled to be done one week after the program completes.  This will help me dramatically to focus on continuing this lifestyle change.  One of the hardest things I am finding right now is the temptations that are present.  I find that with my busy schedule, things like going out to eat or stopping at a drive thru is the easy choice, but one that I am not willing to make.  I have worked very hard to get as far as I have and I plan on continuing this lifestyle change.  For me, this is almost an addiction... I simply need to make one good choice at a time and ignore the rest.  Things will fall into place correctly.

 

6/8/2017

It's really hard to believe that week 11 is coming to an end.  I am really excited though right now.  I have been partially released from my physical therapist.  This means that I get to start walking on a regular basis.  We are starting it slowly (only allowed 30 minutes at a time), but it's a start.  I really am excited to get outside and start moving towards being able to run again.  I have always stated that I am not a runner, but I will admit that I enjoy a run.  Running allows me to clear my mind and get away from my stresses and concerns for a short time.  After being restricted to the pool for the last 9 weeks, I have found that swimming also does this for me.  I can get in the pool, start swimming laps, and lose myself here also.  It really helps me to blow off steam.  With the weather being as nice as it has been the last few days, I must admit that I am jealous of those outside getting their workouts in.

As we approach the half marathon, I will admit that I am concerned about it.  I have not been able to train like I would have liked to coming into this.  One thing that I am certain of is that the FWSW family will support and cheer as all of us accomplish this goal.  Wish me luck, because I am going to begin walking tonight and I have another one scheduled for this Saturday.  If the ankles and tendons can hold up, I plan on getting a little farther each day until the race.  Thanks!!

 

6/3/2017

Well, today is my birthday.  I am now 40.  Rather than talk about celebrations, cakes, etc. I would like to talk about changes.  I have been really contemplating changes a lot recently.  These changes are physical, emotional, and mental.  The physical changes are happening extremely quickly.  A few short months ago, there were things that I struggled with.  Things like walking up stairs, getting down to play with my son, and even minor exercising were hard for me to do.  As I walked into IPFW this morning, I walked up the few steps at the entrance without using the handrail.  It struck me then that I have been doing this for weeks as I enter Spiece.  I was amazed.  When we started this program, I had to grab the rail and help myself up.  So then I started to look for other things that are coming easier physically.  My wife has a small convertible car.  I used to have trouble getting out and had to grab the body of the car for help.  Today I simply stood up.  These are all great and I am proud of how far I have come.  I know that this is the first step and I need to continue, but I love how things are getting better.

Emotionally, I have always been a strong person, in my own belief.  I have a hard time showing my feelings.  This is why I want to express my gratitude and love for everyone involved with FWSW.  Rick, Tina, the trainers, the running coaches, the pool coaches, everyone behind the scenes at FWSW, the physical therapy staff, the Spiece employees, the alumni, and the current contestants are all the greatest people.  They are all family to me.  The support that everyone gives each other truly shows the love that we have for one another.  I believe that if I ever need anything, all of them would be there in a heartbeat to help, and I would do the same for them.  To me, that is what family does for one another.  We help, console, cry, celebrate, and simply listen whenever needed.

Mentally, this program brings out the best in a person.  I have been pushed to the brink of exhaustion and yet somehow I can still find a way to focus in and finish the task in front of me.  This program is helping me to understand why I have been a repetitive cycle that puts me back to square one with my weight and health.  I am also getting help to break this cycle and improve my lifestyle.  These change are for me and for a lifetime.  I might be selfish in this fact, but I want to be able to see my son grow-up, graduate, and have a life of his own.  I also want to be able to retire one day and be able to spend more time with my wife doing the things that we have always talked about. 

I found this quote from Hoda Kotb that states, "People think that you have to do something huge, like go to Africa and build a school, but you can make a small change in a day. If you change Wednesday, then you change Thursday. Pretty soon it's a week, then a month, then a year. It's bite-size, as opposed to feeling like you have to turn your life inside out to make changes."  I think this is perfect for the changes that I am making.  If I can change today, I can change tomorrow.  Eventually this will become natural and will no longer be a change.

So, back to my 40th birthday.  If I only had one wish, it has already been granted.  Being able to have a family (both by blood and not) that loves and cares for me so much is wonderful.  I only hope that everyone reading this can have that feeling in their life.  It is a wonderful thing that I wouldn't trade for anything.

 

5/17/2017

It is amazing that we are half way completed today!!  I am feeling great and getting better by the day.  I am happy to report that I actually had to get new jeans again... down another size.  The pool is working and I couldn't be happier.  I am really finding things coming easier and I have more energy to expend on the workouts.  I am also finding that I can recover from an intense workout quicker now.

Things are really getting crazy at work and school again.  I am really looking forward to the time when I get some real time for my family.  I feel bad about all the commitments that I have now and my wife and son are taking it like real champions.  They know that everything is going to become simpler with the new lifestyle that we have chosen and school ends.  I can't stress how blessed I am to have them in my life.

I have to give a big shout out to my teammate Miranda this week.  She finally had the big loss that she has been working so hard for.  It was great seeing her light up and the hard work paying off.  Miranda - we are so very proud of your accomplishment.  Keep up the great work!

 

5/12/2017

What a week this has been.  I was able to walk for my master's degree graduation (even though I still have 10 weeks of class yet!) and really turned up the workouts in the pool.  It's amazing how things that I struggled with is becoming easier in this short of a time.  I actually swam almost a mile without stopping before we had the workout session on Wednesday.  It has been a really long time since I could attempt to do something like that.  I am really falling in love with the gym again.  Hopefully I can get my feet/ankles worked out and I can begin running sometime soon.  I am really stressing about the half marathon.  I know that I am getting in better shape, but not being able to run at all is beginning to concern me.  One thing I do know is that I will be prepared.  Here's to another great week.

 

5/9/2017

I have to say, I received good news twice yesterday.  I lost 4 pounds at weigh-in last night.  This puts me over the 50 pound mark.  I am excited and ready to keep pushing forward to see how far we can go!!  I also received my semester grades... Straight A's.  Between these two accomplishments, I am really proud of my hard work and effort.

We also met a Kroger last night for our nutrition class.  It was really nice being able to walk through the store with our nutritionists and my team.  I received great insight to different possibilities for eating.  I really enjoyed this and learned quite a bit.  I also have to compliment the Purple team about how good of a week everyone had.  Let's keep up the great work!  I really am proud to be a part of this team and I can't wait to see what the future holds for us.

I am still in the pool this week, but things are getting better.  Even though I am in the pool, the exercise is there.  Today I swam 30 laps (36 laps = 1 mile) before our workout.  Then, I returned after the workout to get the last 6 laps in so I could finish the mile.  I plan to do this all week.  See everyone later!

5/5/2017

Here we are at the end of week 6!  Last week's weigh in was 9.8 pounds.  I am really happy with that (who wouldn't be).  This has been a tough week for me though.  I was sick Wednesday and Thursday.  Being sick, I did great with the eating portion, but hopefully missing workouts doesn't impact my weigh-in this week.  I am going to put some extra time in at Spiece tonight and this weekend to make-up for the missed workouts.  I still have to say that I am amazed by how far everyone has come.  I know personally there are things that were a struggle in week 1 that are now coming easy.  I actually had to buy a pair of jeans that are 2 sizes smaller than when we started already.  Yay!  I want to keep this up and continue forward with the lessons that we are learning here.  It is such a blessing to be a part of FWSW.  Thank you again to everyone that makes this possible.

4/25/2017

It is now week 5, and I can't believe how fast the time is flying by.  It's amazing how far all of us have come.  Last night was the weigh-in and I had a good week.  I lost 6.2 pounds.  It's not as much as I was hoping for, but I will take it.  Rick issued a new challenge to all the contestants today.  It is to climb 100 flights of stairs on the stairmaster timed.  Since I am still in the pool, due to injury, I have to swim 1/2 a mile timed.  We all have to do this twice this week.  I know that it is going to be hard, but I can do it.

During last night's nutrition class, we met at St. Francis and the students prepared us samples of healthy meal ideas.  It really was amazing how delicious the items were.  The Olive Twist was there also.  That is an incredible store.  I never knew that a simple Vinegar and Oil salad dressing could taste so good.  I plan on stopping there this week!

On a different note, things are getting hectic for me this week.  I am in "finals" week of my 3rd module.  By Saturday I still have to complete my portion of a 20 page paper, one 7 page paper, and one 5 page paper.  I also have two final exams on Saturday.  I'm not sure how I am going to be able to sleep this week, but it will all get completed.

Finally, I have physical therapy again tomorrow.  I don't want to rush things, but I hope I can get back to working out with the group.  The pool is great, and we work hard, but I really want to be able to get out and start running again... not to mention that I think I have swimmer's ear now.  We will see.  The team at Summit Physical Therapy is great and I am feeling so much better.

Here's to another week!

 

4/18/2017

Well, this week's weigh in wasn't the greatest for me.  I only lost 1.6 pounds last week.  I keep in my mind the fact that we need to look at this as a 2 week period though.  It is disappointing, but I had a loss and this week is going to be better.  Today's workout was a great one.  A big thank you to E.J. for showing us alternatives that will work with our injuries.  I am looking forward to the remainder of the week and continuing making each day better than the last.

 

4/17/2017

Here we are with week 3 in the books.  Time is flying by so fast right now!  I am ready for tonight to see how I have been progressing.  I know that my nutrition was on point, even with having Easter dinner yesterday.  I stayed on track though.  We brought our own bison, salad, and vegetables to snack on.  Everyone was very supportive and encouraging.  It is nice to know that I can do something like that and not feel like I have to eat what is there.

Another update, I was instructed by Andreas, our physical therapist, to do my workouts in the pool for the time-being.  It looks like it is going to be at least another 2 weeks in there.  Everyone assures me that the pool workouts are just as strenuous as the group, and I can attest to that.  The reasoning for being in the pool is my Achilles tendon is having issues and Andreas is concerned that it could possibly tear.  So, pool here I come on a mission.

The next two weeks are going to be incredibly hard for me though.  My graduate classes are coming to an end for this module and the work is piled on.  It's going to be a miserable two weeks until I can get a break from the immense workload, but I know that I can handle it.  I just hope that I can appease everyone and keep moving forward.  I know that time management is going to be difficult and that my family is where time is going to have to be cut, but I keep looking to the future and seeing that this for the better and things will settle back down eventually.  I am just blessed that my wife is so willing to help and understanding of what I have going right now.  She really is the best!

Hopefully I can get on tomorrow and keep everyone reading updated to my progress.

Thanks.

 

4/11/2017

The Performance Purple Team had a great night last night!!  We won the weekly competition for the average weight loss per person.  Personally, I had an 8.4 pound loss.  It's a great thing, and I hope that we can continue winning.

I can't believe that we are beginning week 3 already.  It is amazing to think how far each of us has come.  This mornings workout was intense.  I really loved it though.  I know that there is no way I could have made it through today's workout two weeks ago.  I have to say that I really think this season is great!!  The support that you feel from everyone is truly a blessing.  I love how each day we all push ourselves to the limit and everyone is cheering one another forward to succeed.  I am excited to see what this week will bring for all of us.

So, Easter weekend is coming up.  Personally, I have a plan in place and my family's support to stay committed.  While the family is going to eat ham and the sides, my wife and I are going to bring our own meal and support each other to stay on track.  I really am looking forward to also going out on the Easter Egg hunt with my son.  It's times like those that make all the hard work worth it.

4/5/2017

What a great first week!!  I had an incredible weigh-in... 21.6 pounds.  I know that kind of loss isn't going to be the norm, but I will take it.  My goal is to stay on track and the numbers will come.  So far this week, the training sessions are getting more intense, but that's good.  It's Wednesday and I find myself looking forward to the pool workout tomorrow.  The pool workout last week was intense, and I can't wait for this one. 

One thing that I thought about today was how I took everything for granted after completing the program last time.  I gave myself excuses from staying on track, you know the old, "I will get back on it tomorrow." thing.  I am ashamed at how far I let things go.  On the positive side though, everyone is very supportive.  I know that I can make the change and this time it is going to stick.  I encourage anyone reading this to take the first step and reach out.  You will find that is the hardest thing to do.  Don't let embarrassment, ego, or pride dictate your decision.  We all need help and FWSW is a great family for that!!

 

3/28/2017

Yesterday was our first weigh-in and today was our first meeting for exercising.  I have to say, there have been highs and lows from both days.  I am disappointed with how far things have gone in the wrong direction for me.  I always knew that I was putting weight back on, but it wasn't until I started seeing pictures and began the exercise today that I knew how bad things have gotten.  Things that seemed easy in the past are now complicated.  I will say that everyone in FWSW is supportive.  The encouragement and true compassion that you feel in the group is amazing.  I really missed this and I can't express my appreciation / gratitude to be a part of the FWSW family.  I know that I can do it and it will be hard, but worth every ounce of effort and drop of sweat.

 

3/23/2017

Last night was our assessment at Three Rivers Running Company.  I have to tell everyone how great of a company they are!!  They are very supportive of our upcoming journey and were there to help up with any questions and concerns that we had.  It was also great to see all the fellow contestants there.  Everyone is getting excited to start this journey.  Personally, I am ready and excited also.  I am looking forward to getting to know everyone better while we make this transformation in our lives.

 

3/20/2017

Well here we go for season 10.  Orientation was yesterday, and it was a bittersweet return for me.  I am very grateful for the FWSW family to give me this opportunity to complete this program again, yet I am disappointed for allowing myself to get this far lost.  I am very excited to start though.  It looks like I am part of a great team that is going to support each other all the way!!  Here's to starting a lifestyle change!