When he got home, his wife pushed him to go back. “So I did, and I met Codi, and he said to me, ‘You are exactly who this program is for.’ And I was like, ‘Really? Because I’m not seeing 300-pound fat people running around right now.’ He laughed and said, ‘Trust me on this.’” Morris, too, remembers meeting De La Torre for the first time. “I could see the look of pure terror as he pulls up (to the gym). You could tell that he wished I hadn’t seen him so he could drive off. That didn’t stop him. He drove off anyway,” he said.
When De La Torre returned, Morris pulled him into his office for a private chat. “The more we talked, the more comfortable he became,” Morris said. At the time, De La Torre was so unhealthy his doctors feared for his life. His Type 2 diabetes was getting worse, as measured by an A1C test, which pegged his blood-glucose level at 14 percent. A measurement of 5.7 percent is considered normal, while anything above 6.5 percent indicates Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes wasn’t his only health concern. His blood pressure, cholesterol and resting heart rate were also high, De La Torre explained. “My blood pressure was 150 over 90 on a good day, and I don’t remember what my cholesterol number was, but my doctor told me it was at stroke level. We had a conversation about doing surgery where they would scrape plaque out of my veins. And my resting heart rate was at 135 (beats per minute),” he said.