Brad Lost 130 Pounds
NAME : Brad
BEFORE WEIGHT : 358
AFTER WEIGHT : 228
POUNDS LOST : 130
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
My weight gaining started honestly right after high school. My activity level pretty much diminished and I started to drink quite heavy daily while in college.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
It affected quite a bit of my life… i became more modest, very self concious. I was always worried about who was staring at me.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I started to get a little active 4 years back around the house. Trying to do more outside around the house… with that noticed some change. Waking up every morning my joints always hurt. I stand on my feet all day for work and would get home and my legs, feet and back would hurt all the time. I hated going clothes shopping.. I could never find clothes that fit me…
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I simply added light activity… doing projects around the yard… breaking a sweat.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
My wife noticed changes early. I really didn’t notice change through out the first summer. it was until the fall when I put on my pair of pants for the first time of the season that I saw the drastic changes.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
The toughest challenge for me was all mental. I was so worried about what others would say seeing a fat guy working out.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
it’s honeslty a daily struggle… there are days I just want to stop and eat.. I use instagram alot for motivation and recently with the past 4 months my wife has begun her own weight loss jouney. with her working out daily and doing the whole.routine with me I find it alot easier to stay on track.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I’ve been on my weight loss journey now.going on the years. still have alot of work to do.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
simple weight lifting victories/goals… wearing a pair of 38 waste pants again instead of 48s
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
My eating habits were horrible. I ate out quite often. I ate portions of 3 people. I never knew when to stop eating. I would drink alcohol very regular… at my heaviest I look back and if I add up some simple calories… i was taking in 15,000 to 20,000 calories a day between food, soda, alcohol.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I hated exercise back then… now I’m addicted to it if I don’t get it in i feel guilty.. its like i need it. I would take walks a couple times a week. lift light weights in the garage but not religiously now it’s daily every day by 3am.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Try to keep active.. less time.on the couch the better.
- Try to exercise daily… its all about driving your metabolism
- Get involved with the weight loss community. whether it be on facevook, instagram or snap chat… its beneficial.. alot of motivation is out there if you want it.
Eating healthy and going to the gym were things other people did. I knew I was big guy, but I didn’t realize just how big of a guy I’d become. I could spend the weekend pouring back the beers. Portions? For chumps. But then my feet started to ache after standing all day. Then my hips started to hurt, my shoulders, etc, etc. I woke up one day and thought, “sh*ts gotta change!”. I started walking after work everyday and eventually built up my endurance and stamina to jog. Bought some weights and stuff at a yard sale to use in the garage. Finally, a friend opened a gym and I took the plunge. Bought a year membership to make sure I stuck with it. Even got my wife to join. So everyday at 2am we’re up and at the gym by 3 to bust out a workout before heading to work. I was never lazy, but I was definitely unmotivated. Not anymore! Through hard work, sweat and determination I’m down 140lbs, and gaining muscle. I have a long way to go, but I’m also a far cry from where I was.