To make my previous point about diet. Over the past several months, I’ve been dealing with some medical issues. As a result, I cannot workout vigorously like I prefer. Sometimes, its hard for me to exercise at all. Yet I am STILL losing weight. I’m down another pound or so already this week. Why? Because of diet. Ever since I started keeping track of every crumb of food I ingest, the weight has been coming off. Exercise makes it fly off faster. But for the weeks I’m not well enough to get a workout in, it’s good to know it’s still under control.
When I was 18, I joined the Marine Corps. When after bootcamp and most of my enlistment, I weighed 185-190. I was in the greatest shape of my life at that point. Though most of it was due to all the running we did. I had very little upper body strength or muscle tone. Back then, I wasn’t the kind to spend hours at the gym on my own either.
Once I got out, I stayed at around 220-230 for most of the time. I’m 6’0 tall, so at that weight, I looked a little padded but not really fat. I would often gain 10-20 lbs over the winter, then burn it all off rather quickly over the summer. Once I turned 30 though, the weight didn’t come right off. I got frustrated and just quit trying. From there, my weight kept creeping up toward 300 lbs or more. I’d lose 20-40 lbs off and on, by exercise bikes or treadmills, only to have it come right back.
By the time I turned 38 years old, I was over 350 lbs and barely had the energy to go anywhere. I’d order pizza just so I didn’t have to go make myself something to eat. My blood pressure was 195/110 and my resting pulse at 120. Even my doctor said to me “How are you still walking around?” He put me on medicine for my blood pressure, which made me so tired, I kept falling asleep at work. So he gave me medicine to help me stay awake, which gave me panic attacks, so he gave me more medicine for that. I felt dizzy and weird and was either so tired I could hardly hold my head up, or felt like I was about to jump out of my skin.
Contributing to the tiredness, was my sleep apnea. My wife recording me sleeping one night so I could hear myself. I sounded like a chainsaw that was about to stall out.
The tripping point for me as many of you may know, was the trip too the river we took with the kids in summer 2012. While my tube got stuck on some rocks, some college kids drifted by and called me a beached whale, right in front of the kids. This is where something triggered in my head.
About a month later, I began training in mixed martial arts. I love that training and lost around 60 lbs in about 7 months. That is between a few breaks for injuries and just to get a breather. My blood pressure is now 130/80 and resting pulse at 66. Lately I’ve slacked off on my training there though, due to some financial constraints, but I’ve come up with a workout routine doing Muay Thai drills I can do at home.
My weight got stuck however, and I met Brittany Adams on here who not only told me about Body by Vi but showed me her own results. She’s lost over 100 lbs in about a year using it. I decided to give it a try. In about 3 weeks I’ve lost almost 10 lbs. It’s a 90 day challenge, so I have no doubts more weight will come off.
As a result of my weight success, I was featured in Fight! Magazine. I was also recently interviewed by KENS 5 TV here in San Antonio, and for a podcast at http://www.resultswillvary.com and this week was featured in the national Examiner.com. One thing this journey has taught me:
Change your body, change your life.
That isn’t just some cool slogan that sounds good, but it is the 100% truth. If you would have told me a year ago that I would be sparring in a cage with skilled fighters, being interviewed by national MMA magazines or on TV talking about fitness, I’d have thought you were insane. Hell, that probably would have pushed me into a full heart attack.
So as a result of all this, I’ve begun coaching others in their journey to health and fitness. While some think that coaching might be a waste of time or money, I assure you it is not. My own life coach, Kelly Meerbott, in just a few sessions has changed my life. The few clients I have spoken to so far have said I’ve changed their lives. I’d like the chance to help you change your life as well.
I also plan on getting certified as a personal trainer as soon as I get some other things organized. I also have some other things in the works. Fitness groups, workout classes, lots of exciting and fun things to make health and fitness better for everyone.
Obesity was killing me, and it is killing many of us. We can stop it, you can stop it, but you don’t have to do it alone. Once you gain the confidence of how you look and feel with the weight loss, it will open doors you never thought possible.
Change your body, Change your life.
It’s been a bit since I’ve checked in. I’ve had a lot of things going on. I’m working on getting the coaching business going. It’s been a little slow, but gradually getting there. Also still doing the Body by Vi Challenge. I’ve had some success there and getting a lot of leads, so just waiting on that to get going. I’m confident all of these things will work. It’s just a matter of sticking to it long enough for things to fall into place.
I’m about 11 or 12 days in to the Body by Vi challenge and I’ve lost 5 lbs. My wife started the challenge with me a few days later and she’s down 6 lbs. So I’m seeing it does work. I don’t feel hungry, tired or deprived. I’ve also pretty much eliminated sodas from my diet completely.
I haven’t been able to train MMA much. My old job was closer to the gym so I’d make it over there after work. Now it isn’t, so to go there for a one hour class, it’s a 30-45 minute drive there and back. So the one hour class ends up eating up 3-4 hours of the day. I’m considering joining some place closer. But I love it at Ohana, so just going to have to take a look at some things. On nights I can’t make it to the gym, I’ve started doing some Muay Thai drills in my living room.
It looks like this:
5 minute rounds each:
round 1-Leg lifts
Round 3-Shadow boxing/hands only
Round 4-Alternating front and rear teep
Round 5-Alternating knees
I’m usually pretty wiped at the end of 30 minutes. I take 30 second breaks in between rounds. I’ll add to it as my cardio builds up and add combos and such to additional rounds.
I started a walking group as well called the Fat 2 Fighter Walkers. We did 5 miles the other night on our Riverwalk. Wife and I walked the same route today. Our next group walk is Sunday night. So that should be fun. It’s getting pretty hot here. I should have worn my hat today, the sun was pretty merciless the last mile or so.
So still lots of cool and exciting things going on. I’ll try to post more often again. I’m down 65 lbs total. I’m also considering expanding my goal beyond 250. My goal was to lose and get to 250 lbs and fight heavyweight. I’m considering instead, cutting to 205 and fighting light heavyweight. Maybe even 185. Since I’m 6’0 tall 185 wouldn’t be unreasonable. Once I’m at 250, I’ll see how I look and feel then go from there.
As part of the big changes I’ve mentioned before, I’m also starting a 90 day challenge. I have about 50 more pounds at least to lose before I’m at my ideal weight. I’m inviting all of you to join me on this challenge. If you’ve had enough of being overweight, feeling tired or just want to be more active. Join me on this journey together. You have NOTHING to lose but weight! Just click the link above to get started!