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.