I weighed in yesterday and here are the results. I weighed 202 last week, I weigh 200 this week a total one week loss of 2 pounds. I hovered at 202 and 205 for a month or so, drove me mad! I started at 400 pounds in March of 2010, I now weigh 200. That means I have managed to lose 200 pounds in 2.5 years. I have achieved my weight loss goal! I have lost half of my starting weight, I am half the man I use to be. I have lost an entire me. How did all of this transpire, let me tell my story again if you don’t mind!
I went in for my job physical in March, I knew I was in bad shape and I had basically lied to myself abut how out of control I had become. I weighed in on the scale. I was told by the nurse that I was too heavy to weigh but she was positive I weighed at least 400 pounds if not more. I was crushed, “how did I get like this?” I thought for a fleeting moment but I knew all too well how I had gotten there. I knew if I didn’t make a change right then and there I would be dead in 10-20 years and be completely miserable up to that point. In 2011 my father passed and being over weight was a direct result, further cementing my commitment to weight loss. Let me tell you about some of the ways I got started on this journey.
I used to watch Dr Oz a lot, he always stressed starting small. I decided to stop eating sides that were not healthy and replace them with brown rice. I slowly quit drinking soda and replace it with green tea, coffee and iced tea. I stopped eating fast food, that stuff just isn’t good for you. I stopped going out to eat so much, I was going about every other day, now I go once or twice a month. Portions were brought into normal people eating realms, this was without a doubt the hardest thing for me and something I fight even today. I quit smoking, smoking is bad, if you do quit now please, please. I had to stop drinking for my health and the health of everyone around me, a DUI helped me realise what I already knew, I had to quit drinking. With these change in place I started to exercise.
I started exercising with the Wii fit Biggest Loser Challenge in March of last year. After finding out I had lost 100 pounds in a year by eating right I decided I should see how much more I could lose with regular exercise. I figured a big (about 200 bucks) financial would keep me from giving up when things got tough. I also told myself to stick with it for a month so it would be a habit and then hard not to work out. I now dislike not working out at least once a day, wieghts, biking, cardio, running I have to get something in but usually take one day off a week. It was hard getting started, I couldn’t do very much and became tired after about ten minutes. I am now able to do cardio, lift weights and do sculpting all in the same day, about 2.5 hours of working out. I could only do five push ups on my kness, I am now able to do 120 a session in various sets. I couldn’t do more than a couple jumping jacks, I am able to do them for a few minutes at a time now. I bought a couple of Biggest Loser DVDs after my Wii got stolen to keep up the cardio, the Wii game had set some great ground rules to follow. Demand more from yourself, deliver, repeat.
I am now a runner. I started runnning in place with my trusty Wii fit for about 5-10 a night afvter work. I got a point where I knew I needed to start running outside. I started with a hlaf mile after work and increased until I was at a few miles a night. I took my show to the daytime realm and continued to improve times and distance. I was asked by DietsInReview.com if I would like to join a local half marathon training team, I said yes of course. Being sponsored by Prairie Fire Marathon, Holly Perkins Fitness, New Balance and DietsInReview.com is pretty amazing stuff and I hope to make them all proud! I already plan on doing a full next year at the Flying Pig run in OH, a few years ago I did their 2 mile fun run and barely made it, it is hard to grasp how far I have come in these last couple of years.
Earlier this year I was offered the opportunity to share my story by DietsInReview.com when I asked around about sharing it. When I hit 255 I knew that I wanted to help others with my story and this was my chance. They also told Biggest Loser that I had lost the weight with their products help so they put me on their website for a time. I look forward to doing a follow up with both.
If you have any questions, please ask me and I can do a Q and A blog with the most popular questions I get there and IRL. Do you want to lose weight and feel better but don’t know where, when or how to start? Start now, where you’re standing and start small. You can do this, I know you can because I did and I started as the least motivated person I know. Believe in yourself because I believe in you, you got this! Thanks for reading and please please please share this, if I can help one more person lose weight or not go down the path I did then this whole thing will have so much more meaning. I want to thank God, You have blessed me with so much, thank You. I want to thank Amy gillock, who has been a psoitive influence for the whole time I have known her, thank honey you’re amazing! I want to thank my mom for beliveing in me. I want to thank my sisters for being there for me in my dark times. I want to thank my family for all the advice. I want to thank my friends for all the kind words and support. Thanks everyone, I did it! Looking forward to th next step of the journey, maintaining and building muscle! Thanks again for reading.