110 Pounds Lost: Life after Active Army
NAME : Edward
BEFORE WEIGHT : 285
AFTER WEIGHT : 175
POUNDS LOST : 110
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
Struggled my whole life. During my time in the Army I was able to keep the weight off considering, we ran and worked out everyday.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I did not treat my body as a temple in no way. The weight took on and I just went downhill from there eating everything and drinking almost every night to help cope with the weight gain.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
My kids asked me to take them surfing, like I used to back in my lighter years. I was out in the ocean trying to sit up on my board I realized I had a hard time breathing because of the massive gut I had grown. This not only looked horrible but felt uncomfortable. Plus I wanted to be a role model for these kiddos. Sitting on a surf board looking like a whale wasn’t how I wanted to live life.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started with light dieting. This help lose a little amount with excercise. Boxing seemed to be my favorite choice of cardio. I would put some earbuds in and jam out while hitting the bag. Time flies when you find something you enjoy doing.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I saw plenty weight drop with the diet and excercise. The hard part was trying to not over eat. I ended up getting a gastric bypass. The Dr told me I had the stomach of a competitive eater. This explained why I could go into any resturante and destroy and food challenge around.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Staying motivated was the hardest thing. Family can be very supportive but sometimes too much. My Mom and Dad would always tell me I look great and that I was just built that way. So I never really saw myself as overweight just husky.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Of course every waking moment! I though about my old habits and food that I used to indulge in. Never realized how bad I was addicted to food. I just rememberes how unhappy I was when I was over weight.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes of course! Seemed like every other week. Instead of sticking with the same diet and workouts I would switch it up.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
Took me little under a year to be at my happy weight of 175 lbs.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Yes, my health was decling. With the extra weight I ended up with high blood pressure and sleep apnea. So I wanted to be healthier and not snore next to my Wife.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
My daily diet includes more raw veggies and protein protein.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I’m none stop now. Always running around like a kid. I surf, skate, and run.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Keep it differen’t and try new things.
- Plan your meals ahead of time. I noticed when I did this, I was less likely to skip or cheat on my diet.
- No matter what keep your head up! Life keeps moving on, no matter what. So quit over thinking and move on.
- Don’t compare yourself to others when losing weight. We are all different and lose weight differently and some lose it faster than others. Focus on your weight loss.
- Follow an Instagram weightloss page and keep that for motivation and support.