“I’m in the best physical shape I have been in the last 20 years.”

When Leo was young, his parents gave him the sense that he could try anything. “I hardly ever walked into something I was afraid to try,” he says, “That confidence and sense of self-esteem I wouldn’t trade.”

So it wasn’t surprising to hear that Leo, at the age of 48, enrolled in a 90-day Kung Fu school with his son. “All other students were between 18 and 24. It was exhausting for me. I had less stamina and markedly less talent than others,” he says.

After 90 days of persevering, Leo reluctantly accepted a black belt. Despite initially feeling like he didn’t deserve the reward, he understood it was because he stuck with it and worked hard.

We share this story because this says a lot about who Leo is as a person. He’s always up for diving into something new and most importantly, he doesn’t give up easily.

Leo first heard about Arivale when he read an article about the initial Pioneer100 study—given to him by a fellow Pioneer, Bob.

“I was intrigued by the possibility of a wellness program that more closely matched to my body … I knew that I had not been eating properly, but articles in the media were often contradictory,” he says, explaining why he decided to sign up. Plus, he adds, “I love trying new things.”

My journey with Leo has been truly inspiring. He came to Arivale ready to engage with me and improve his health. I’ve appreciated his honesty about his nutrition and the way he has jumped in with both feet.

— Coach Monika

For me, healthy behavior has always been about habits. I have tried many exercise and diet programs. Most were based on some book I had read. This program was the first that appeared to apply to only me. It made a huge difference. I now have a solid underpinning to continue to improve.

— Pioneer Leo

When he first met his Coach, Monika, the age difference made Leo nervous—he didn’t want to be turned into a 25-year-old. He was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn’t the case.

“Monika is just excellent. Her suggestions are very relevant to the life I lead,” he says. 

Monika encouraged him to make very specific, but modest changes. Eliminate Diet soda. Reduce caffeine intake. Be more mindful of selections when eating out. Pay attention to cooking oils he uses.

“For me, the motivation came from the feedback loop. Information from the blood tests. Making some prescribed changes. Adding specific vitamins. Seeing results and trying a new approach. Then, testing again,” he says.

As the months passed, exercise became habit. According to Leo, “The Fitbit is the single biggest thing that has helped me. It fits perfectly with my personality.”

The result of Leo’s hard work? All his biomarkers that were in the red range moved in a positive direction by his second blood draw.

 1st Blood Draw
(Sept. 2, 2015)
 2nd Blood Draw
(Dec. 8, 2015)*
 3rd Blood Draw
(April 7, 2016)*
Homocysteine (umol/L) Red Red green
Insulin (MICRO U/ML) Red yellow green
Hs-CRP (mg/L) Red yellow yellow
Vitamin D (ng/mL) Red green green

“It was wonderful to see actual, concrete results. The genetic tests were somewhat additive in that most were confirming that the changes we had made were the right ones … My Coach helped me grasp why those markers mattered.”

On top of all that, he felt the change. From a lifelong experimenter, dare we say a lifelong Pioneer, Leo says, “This is a fun journey.”

*The power of Scientific Wellness is that each story is unique. No one else has your genes, your environment, and your lifestyle choices. The improvements in clinical labs and biometrics referenced above are specific to each individual and represent the close, often hard, work they’ve done with their Arivale Coach. They are not necessarily indicative of your journey. Your journey to optimized wellness will always be unique to you.