Thank you for taking a few minutes to read my the story on my weight loss journey. I want to spread the word and share my story to help and inspire others who are looking to make a change in their life. Feel free to reach out to me anytime, I’ll be happy to help guide you in your journey and give you the support and tools to help succeed.
It’s funny how you go through life thinking I’ll get to it, maybe next week or it doesn’t work for me. Over the years I found myself in a place where I was overweight and unhappy. Twenty years ago, when I was younger I was very active. I would run 3.5 miles, seven days a week and lifted weights on a daily basis. I then I had to get a job and found myself not doing any type of exercise and I started eating fast food, candy, soda, pop etc.
Weight loss was always something that I thought about, but it’s something I never really had the motivation to follow through on.
A Diet and Marathon Training?
I’ve never dieted or tried a weight loss program before. But, I have managed to be semi-active throughout the years, running in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Michigan and now Columbus Ohio.
April of 2008 I started training for the Green Mountain Marathon in Vermont, which takes place in October. I finished in 5 hours and 27 minutes. However, I never ran again for at least a year and a half after completing that marathon, WHY? Because I wasn’t mentally ready to take the change and or the commitment to staying fit. Looking back, I’m surprised I finished.
From 2008-2012 I ran on and off for weeks at a time. But, it was either cold or I didn’t have enough time, the reasons were endless and I found myself in 2013 wearing size 44 pants (which were getting to tight), 2XL shirts (which were also getting to tight), I was on blood pressure medicine and I couldn’t walk from the garage into the house and be sweating.
In January 2013 a co-worker told me about a mutual acquaintance who recently lost about 100+lbs using a Fitbit to track his activity and MyFitnessPal to track his food and the idea intrigued me.
On Jan 24th, 2013 I decided it was time, I was mentally ready to make a positive change in my life. I purchased a Fitbit One and set my weight-loss goal to loose 80lbs by October 2013.
Once, I got my Fitbit I started to track my calories and keep them under 2000 per day using the Myfitness Pal app on my iPhone. This was a huge challenge as I was used to consuming around 5000-6000 calories per day. Think about it, a restaurant meal or home cooked meal can range from 1500-2000 calories and if you do that two or three times a day it adds up really quick.
For the first two weeks I didn’t do any exercise I just focused on keeping my calories under 2000, I didn’t watch my sugar intake, protein or carb’s I simply kept my calories under 2000.
Total weight-loss from January 24th – 31st was 9.7lbs.
By February 13th, I was down 14 pounds without much effort and I continued to monitor my calorie intake using the Fitbit and MyFitnessPal application to record my food.
Total weight-loss from February 1 – 28th was 8.4lbs.
During the month of March I decided to add exercise to my daily routine. I wanted to ensure I was building muscle and toning so when I dropped the weight I wouldn’t have extra skin issues.
My challenge adding an exercise routine into the mix was I traveled 6-8 hours per day in my car driving around the state of Ohio visiting customers. For those that are in the sales industry, you can probably relate to how bored you get in the car and I found myself eating gummy bears, Coke, Mountain Dew, StarBucks Latte’s, Candy Bars, you name it as I traveled to customer sites. While traveling I would sometimes eat at least two of my meals “on the road”, fast food or a restaurant and I never made the right choices.
In the past my wife had convinced me to attend a body pump class, I lasted 10 minutes and I had to leave the class. It was actually pretty humiliating, afterwards a someone came up me as I sat on the step outside the gym and told me it was ok and I should try again. My wife again convinced me to try again, so I purchased Les Mills Pump, it came with the DVD’s, the weights and a 90 day program, it was perfect.
I’ll be the first person to admit, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to stick to the calorie reduction for the weight-loss let alone adding exercise to the mix with my schedule. However, I managed to find time in the late evenings to complete my workouts and most days these were between 8pm-10pm. I remember thinking, I don’t want to workout tonight. Then thinking, go do it you will feel better and I always did.
The Les Mills Body Pump is a great beginner workout because it starts slow, the trainers do an exceptional job explaining and you can go at your own pace.
Total weight-loss from March 1 – 31st was 14.8lbs.
I continued Les Mills Pump throughout the month of April all while maintaining my calorie intake. I also start running on cardio days and continued to push myself.
Total weight-loss from April 1 – 30th was 12.7lbs.
Les Mills Pump wrapped up and I continued to maintain my calorie intake of less than 2000 per day. After the 90 days, I was pretty happy with my results. At this point in my journey I’m addicted to the exercise and eating healthy.
After I completed Body Pump in late May, I was torn between Les Mills Combat or P90x. My job was changing and I would be spending more time traveling and staying in hotels so the idea of Les Mills Combat really appealed to me. I could workout in my hotel room, no weights required. However, I decided that P90x would be the routine of choice.
My initial thought was I can travel and do the exercises with the bands in my hotel room and this held true for the most part. However, I do feel that dumbbells are more effective when doing p90X, thats just my personal opinion. If you haven’t done P90x before it’s a long workout that will drive you absolutely nuts, some of the sessions are 1.5 hours long. My advice is to stick with it and ignore all the boring talking because the workout really does change you.
Total weight-loss from May 1 – 31st was 10.8lbs.
During the month of June I started p90x and continued to maintain my running. I made some modifications to the p90x routine, which fit my lifestyle and that is one of the benefits of P90x. It’s completely flexible if you stick to the core routines and add in your cardio in other ways. I choose to run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
I also changed my calorie intake from 2000 to 2200 per day, p90x required me to eat more.
Total weight-loss from June 1 – 30th was 10.7lbs.
On July 4th, 2013 I decided to compare myself to the previous year and I was stunned when I put the pictures side by side. My pant size dropped to a 38, my shirt size went to a XL and I was feeling great.
One of the things during this process was the lack of fitting clothes, I went through four new wardrobes from January to July and it was starting to get expense.
I continued keeping my calorie intake around 2200 per day, continue p90x and running.
Total weight-loss from July 1 – 31st was 9.2lbs.
In June 2013, one of my co-workers suggested we do a Tough Mudder, he had previously completed one and I was looking for a race to compete in. On August 24, 2013 I completed the Tough Mudder in Pittsburgh, PA and it was a complete breeze to complete all the obstacles. I signed up for another one on November 2nd, 2012 in central Flordia.
One thing I found really appealing about the Tough Mudder is the fact its a group effort and people are there to help others complete the obstacles, you are not competing for time or a prize. It’s a true challenge and if you are up for it, I’m fairly confident if you can run 6 miles without stopping you can complete a Tough Mudder.
I aslo continued to keep my calorie intake around 2200 per day and continued p90x and running throughout the month.
Total weight-loss from August 1 – 31st was 9.3lbs.
I continued to maintain my calorie intake, running and p90x was wrapping up. At this point, I was just past 8 months into my journey and I have lost a total of 97.3lbs. The best part I’ve done this 100% naturally with hard work and dedication, because I was mentally ready to make that change in my life.
Total weight-loss from September 1 – 31st was 2.7lbs.
On October 12th, I officially weighed in at 195lbs which made my total weight-loss 100lbs since January 24th. I continue to keep my calorie intake around 2200-2400 per day and I’m currently running, doing a Dumbbell workout along with Cardio Attack and Cardio Abs.
My weight-loss has tapered off during the past couple months and I’m really starting to see the tone and definition in my body. It’s a hard mental challenge to not be upset when the scale doesn’t show change, but I can see it visibly in the mirror. When you hit this point in your journey it’s important to realize the scale doesn’t matter. How you feel and the change you see in your body and clothes will tell the story for you.
Total weight-loss from October 1 – 31st was 1.4lbs.