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  • Photo by Jodie Andruskevich^^Kyle Beaulieu of the Souhegan Pirates tries to connect with a hit in Sr. Babe Ruth playoff action against the Hollis/Brookline Dodgers on Monday evening in Amherst.
Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hindsight is 20/20 in weight-loss game

Joe Marchilena

We all have the misfortune of owning perfect hindsight.

There’s no shortage of moments that I can look back on and say, man, if I had only known then. It happens, and we have to learn to deal with.

Kyle Beaulieu is doing his best to make sure he never has to do that, at least not when it comes to his health. A senior at Souhegan High School, Beaulieu is the youngest participant in the “90 Day Commit to Get Fit” program at Hampshire Hills, and is already steps ahead of most of the rest of us.

Instead of waiting to make up for mistakes of the past, Beaulieu is on a preemptive strike to keep them from happening, and for good reasons.

“I eat like a lineman,” Beaulieu said, which makes sense, since he was a lineman for the Souhegan football team.

But by his admission, Beaulieu has struggled with his weight for as long as he can remember. That’s hard for anyone, but there’s another reason for him to make changes to his lifestyle now – Beaulieu has known he’s diabetic since he was 11-years-old. It was actually the counselors at a summer camp at Hampshire Hills that first noticed his symptoms.

Since then, he’s worked at keeping it in check, but for a “fan of sweets,” it’s tough at times.

“The whole diabetes thing, back 20 years ago, you could only have certain foods,” Beaulieu said. “Now you can have other foods that you shouldn’t have been able to have. I want to be healthy, I want to have a good lifestyle, I want to have a good future with it. I don’t want to have complications. I felt like this was the opportunity for me to get healthy, to eat right and do the things I should be doing.”

It’s been working. Beaulieu, who also plays baseball at Souhegan, estimates that he’s lost about 25 pounds so far, and he’s noticed it in plenty of ways.

“I feel I’m more agile,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I’m faster, but I’m quicker than I ever was because I’ve lost that weight. I fit into clothes now that I haven’t fit into in a while and that gives you some confidence that you miss.”

It’s also given him confidence that losing weight is possible, and the work that he’s done has begun to rub off on his friends.

“I’ve given them updates on what sort of stuff I can eat,” Beaulieu said. “Some of them are coming around. Everyone’s talking about prom and they want to be in the best shape. I’ve gotten people to work out together and work out with me.”

Beaulieu feels like there is still more for him to do, but even with the program approaching its final weeks, he’s positive he’ll be able continue on the right path because he’s been able to break his bad eating habits.

“It’s definitely changed the way I eat,” he said. “It’s something you have to get used to.”

The sooner we all change, the better. Luckily for Beaulieu, he’s a few steps ahead.

Joe Marchilena writes a weekly fitness column for Hampshire Hills. To find out more information about the “90 Day Commit to Get Fit” program, call 603-673-7123 or e-mail hhinfo@hampshirehills.com.