In April of 2012, I was just living life without a care in the world. I had always been fairly skinny and gloated about being able to eat fast food daily and not gain weight.
I couldn’t have been more wrong about that.
You see, people never want to tell anyone they have gained weight. Being six feet tall on the dot, I had more room to play around with before people started noticing any weight gains.
Also, people around here are not what I would call fit. It’s America and truthfully it’s more of a struggle to eat healthy than not. My point here is no one decided to tell me about my weight. I was completely oblivious.
The Early Signs Of A Problem
Eventually, I started noticing a gut and even asked people what they thought. Of course they told me I was fine, so I just went with it. It wasn’t until I stepped on a scale and realized the truth.
196 pounds? I figured that was wrong since at my high school graduation I weighed 150 (just 5 years prior), so I stepped on the scale again. Same number.
This literally blew my mind and made me depressed. I actually stopped eating fast food and hardly ate anything, figuring that it would help me reverse the damage I had ensued on myself over the years.
Of course, this didn’t help my mood or my physique at all. I started going mountain climbing with friends almost daily and back to eating a normal amount of food. The only problem was that I didn’t know what a normal amount of food was, so all that climbing didn’t help.
My First Motivation To Get Fit
One day, my grandma came in and literally told me my face was getting fat. I got really angry and got a gym membership shortly after to really turn things around. I made a commitment to myself to go every day for 100 days to get control of my weight.
By this point, it was June of 2012.
It took me 110 days to complete my challenge (missing two days and an 8-day beach vacation). I did 2 miles on the elliptical machine every day of that challenge, and by the end I weighed in at 178.
I was really impressed with my results but I knew there was more to it. I started lifting weights casually while slowly backing off from cardio sessions, and knocked it back to 5 days per week (eventually I stopped altogether). I learned more about dieting, but I was still way off at this point. However, what I learned did help me to reach my goals quicker.
I spent a lot of time learning about different weight-lifting routines and more about dieting and kept getting better results. By the end of September I had finally incorporated leg training and my push, legs/abs, pull routine was put into effect. It wasn’t until December when I learned about tracking calories and macronutrients.
Following A Proven Plan Works
I was about 174 at this point, which was exciting for me since that was 20 pounds less than when I started this fitness journey. After learning about tracking food, I averaged losing around 1 pound per week every week until I reached 165.8 which has been my all time low.
The trick was tracking my diet using MyFitnessPal and really learning the importance of fats, carbs, proteins, and fiber. Of course, a consistent workout routine plays a major factor as well. I’m still able to eat fast food (if I wanted to) while losing weight and maintaining muscle.
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