160 Pounds Lost: David Gets Help From a Fitness Celebrity
Full name: David Garcia
Location: Los Angeles
Before: 402 lbs.
After: 242 lbs.
What was the “turning point” that prompted you to lose weight?
The turning point was an opportunity to meet and work with the one and only Richard Simmons through my job. I was Richard’s segment producer when he was booked as a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and on the day of the taping, he offered to help me lose weight. It took me a couple weeks to commit, but I finally did, and my entire life changed.
When did you start trying to lose weight?
I met Richard in January of 2010. I worked hard and in the course of one year, I lost about 150 pounds. Since then I’ve been working just as hard to lose a few more and keep the weight off.
How did you get started?
I got started by keeping a complete food log of everything I ate and drank, and, once a week, I emailed it to Richard. He would respond by motivating me and making suggestions. Being accountable to him was absolutely critical to my success, because I wasn’t holding myself accountable. I also found that making a series of small changes and building on them worked for me. Instead of waking up one day and saying “I can’t eat this or this or that today,” I instead found swaps that worked. I always took the stairs in the parking garage. I brought my lunch so I wouldn’t get tempted by the junk food in my office. Once I pinpointed a few habits I could change, I worked on them, and then started adding more.
What was your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge, still to this day, is that I’m my biggest saboteur. I work hard to stay positive, and I need to remind myself that I’m worth it. I’m worth the time to go to the gym, and worth the time it takes to prepare healthy meals.
Were there any times when you wanted to quit or give up? How did you stay motivated?
I’m fortunate in that I live in Los Angeles, where Richard Simmons teaches fantastically motivating classes. I still take them, and see Richard on a regular basis. In addition, a few years ago I started writing a blog called Keep It Up, David! that chronicles my journey — the ups, the downs, the struggles, the successes. It’s grown to be quite popular, which is humbling and a source of pride, and I stay motivated because I enjoy sharing my story so very much.
If you reached a weight loss plateau, how did you break out of the rut?
Plateaus are so frustrating, so I focused on switching up my exercise and trying something new. I also explored new recipes and food items — change is always good, and a plateau may be a sign that’s time to switch things up!
What’s your current exercise routine?
I try to work out 3-5 times a week, and I try to never do the same thing two days in a row. Sometimes I take Richard’s classes at his studio, which is mostly cardio with some toning at the end. I belong to a gym where I use a variety of equipment. Sometimes I run, or swim laps at the public pool, or go for a hike. I like working towards exercise goals, whether it’s a 10k or my most recent race, a 63-story stair climb up the stairwell of a skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles.
What’s your daily diet look like?
I eat a ton of vegetables, a lot of them raw. I love a big salad with tuna. I hard-boil a dozen eggs a week, just so I can have egg whites on hand — a wonderful protein source. I love my crockpot, and making a healthy, hearty stew or soup that I can divvy into containers is an easy thing to do on the weekend.
What’s your favorite healthy snack/meal?
I love dried seaweed snacks, and love to reach for a piece of fresh fruit.
Do you have specific suggestions for avoiding temptations?
Sleep on it! I get tempted by simple things, like television commercials, but I find that most cravings are temporary, and go away if you give it time. Also, pinpoint exactly what the temptation is. I have a sweet tooth (and a salty tooth!), and I try to focus on exactly what it is I’m craving — a peanut butter cup for example, instead of something vague like ‘candy’ or ‘junk food.’ Then if I sleep on it, and the craving is still there, I can focus on coming up with a healthier alternative that hits the spot and satisfies the craving.
What’s your life like after weight loss?
There have been tons of benefits to my weight loss. But I refuse to think that I lost the weight and now I’m done, because I’ll never be done. It’s a battle to keep weight off, and it requires just as much focus and drive. As soon as I become complacent or lazy, or stop learning and exploring with my diet, my exercise, or myself, then I know the pounds will creep back on. This is an ongoing process, and it always will be!
If you have any suggestions to others what would they be?
Focus on the little things that you can absolutely work on, instead of the entirety of your weight loss. I never would have lost the weight if I woke up every day and thought “man, I have over 150 pounds to lose.” Instead, I focused on making sure I had a change of clothes in the trunk, so I could stop by the gym after work. I focused on parking at the far end of the parking lot to get a few extra steps in. I focused on how I could replace 2 sodas with sparkling water over the course of the day. Those little steps add up. You get momentum, and that’s something you can capitalize on!
Source: Everyday Health
Originally posted 2014-03-11 11:33:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter