Just wanted to share this here. I’m still writing horror and things are on track with Dark Exorcist being released soon. I’ve also begun my own MMA site. Here I do fighter interviews, post news and updates on everything in the sport. So feel free to stop by and share!
So this has been a pretty neat week so far. Well week is over I guess, but it’s still been cool. I got a new writing gig as an MMA writer for http://mmajam.ca They are a Canada based MMA ezine. Their focus had been on up and coming Canadian fighters, but are now branching out to cover national promotions and different regional fighters.
So I already have a couple articles posted there. Here is where you can read them. This next week I will be doing some fighter interviews. I will also be getting a press pass for Premier Combat Group’s June 8th card here in San Antonio. So should be some fun and exciting things.
This is great, because now the blog can focus on my fitness related topics, and the MMA stuff can go to MMA Jam’s website and hopefully lead to bigger things. Thank you everyone for joining me on this ride.
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.
3 sets of 5 push-ups
3 sets of 10 leg raises
3 sets of 25 crunches
5 minute round of footwork/shuffling
5 min round of shadowboxing-hands only
5 min round of front kicks/teep-alternating legs
5 min round of alternating knees
5 min round of combos/kicks/knees/punches
5 min round of shuffling/footwork
3 sets of 15 squats
All done in my room Then a Vi shake for lunch
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.
This morning I appeared on KENS 5 San Antonio with my MMA coach and some others from my gym. I thought I would share the video with you all. Everything went really well and it was a fun experience.
So past few weeks I’ve been going through a lot of changes and adjustments in my life. As well as all of the exciting things that have been happening.
I’m down about 60 lbs total now, so that is great progress. I’ve been on this journey for about six months or so, it’s amazing how far things have come. If you would have told me that day on the river last summer, when the kids were calling me a beached whale, that months from then, I’d be down 60 lbs, training for an MMA fight and featured in a national MMA magazine, I’d have thought you were insane. Yet here we are.
On Saturday, April 27th, I will be on KENS 5 San Antonio morning show with my MMA coach discussing my weight loss and the gym and such. Hard to believe how all of this is happening. Thank you also to Mayra Moreno of KENS 5 for having us.
Since I’ve been off work dealing with my anxiety attacks, I’ve had a lot of time to do some self reflection. One thing I’ve learned in my time off is a better sense of my own self worth. I think part of that comes with the weight loss as well.
Along with that, I began to question why I’ve spent so much of my life working jobs I can’t stand. My current job pays well and has great benefits, I just hate it. It’s an insurance call center, and I hate being bombarded over and over with phone calls from people calling to bitch about their bills, or coverage, or whatever. I realize such things are necessary, I just hate having to do it.
We have all sorts of sales numbers and call quotas that are tracked, cataloged and documented. If you go to the bathroom for too long, you get managers coming and looking for you and scolding you for being off the phones. Seriously, I’m 39 years old; I quit asking permission to take a shit years ago. I’m sure not gonna sit there with a stop watch timing myself.
So i’m working on an exit strategy. A big part of that is I’ve decided to take Fat 2 Fighter to the next level. I’ve launched Fat 2 Fighter Solutions. What I do there is life coaching, with an emphasis on health, weight loss and fitness. This has been an exciting journey for me so far, and even though I have a little ways to go yet, I want to help others who are having the same struggles that I was.
Now to clarify, a life coach is not a therapist, or a fitness trainer. I’ve caught little grief from both who said I’m doing something I’m not licensed to do. I don’t give advice, and I don’t create diet or workout plans for people. The clients are totally responsible for their own progress.
What I do is help them through the process, listening to them, asking them questions and helping them come up with their own diets, workouts, etc. What this does is empowers each person to take control of their own lives and removes their reliance on any outside source for their well being.
I’ve had one session so far, and have a few more lined up for next week. Hopefully I can get this to grow and make a living at this while helping others get healthy and feel better about themselves.
One thing that it’s taken me too long to realize, is that none of us will ever get ahead in life working for someone else. All we do in jobs is work our tails off helping someone else fulfill their dreams while our own life passes us by. Both my wife and I have decided that enough is enough. It is time to take control of our lives and start doing and making what we know we are worth.