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Brian Lost 128 Pounds Through At-Home Workouts

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Name: Brian Utter
Age: 33Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | Brian Lost 128 Pounds Through At Home Workouts
Height: 5’7″
Before Weight: 322 pounds

How I Gained It: I gained weight after my divorce — which had to do with my drinking, if I’m to be honest. And then it just got worse. I was drinking at least an 18 pack of beer every day, along with whatever hard liquor I had around. Along with my drinking, I was depressed and would binge eat. I would eat a whole pizza by myself, order two meals at whatever burger joint i went to, and my bill for a single trip to a place like Taco Bell was around $20 just for me. When I was at the bar with my friends I’d eat and where I live the bars close at 2 a.m., so after the bars I’d go to Perkins, I-Hop…whatever was open. So for me it was just a downward spiral.

Breaking Point: I would like to say that I had this “ It’s A Wonderful Life”-type moment and realized what the world would be like without me, but I would be lying. My motives were more selfish, and inspired from fear…fear of dying, to be specific.

I received a phone call at 3 a.m. one morning with the news that my mother had a heart attack and was in the hospital. At this time I lived three hours away from my mother, and during this drive I had a lot of time to think. What did I think of? Myself! I was scared of dying. I thought about the fact that I was so heavy — that I couldn’t get off the floor without it exhausting me — and I thought about my father dying at age 32. At the time, I was four months away from turning 32. I thought about my mother having a heart attack before she even turned 50. I thought about my grandmother who has diabetes. I thought about how almost everyone in my family who had passed away had either done so from heart-related issues or diabetes, both of which I believed to stem from obesity. So to keep myself around longer and the only course of action I could think of was to lose weight.

I started trying to eat healthier and tried to start exercising. I failed! I couldn’t stop eating the wrong things, I couldn’t stop drinking, and I couldn’t figure it out. Then I saw this infomercial for P90x so I ordered it…and I failed again. I couldn’t even pass the fit test. So I sent it back. But I saw on this little card in the box the Beachbody website, so I checked it out, and I saw a program called Power90 — a beginner program for someone like me.

How I Lost It: I started Power 90. This guy talked about modifying moves you couldn’t do, which was great. And the biggest thing for me — it came with a simple food plan that I could understand and follow. And it didn’t taste like cardboard! In the first month I lost 21 pounds, and I was feeling better, I was eating better, I could do real push-ups, and my clothes felt looser. And I wasn’t drinking. Unfortunately, one day while I was working out, I felt a pop in my calf and I couldn’t stand on my leg. My doctor told me I had torn my calf muscle and that I wouldn’t be doing anything on my feet for six to eight weeks. When I heard that, I immediately wanted a drink and some food. I felt like I was going to lose all my progress. But, thanks to my fiancee Casey, I didn’t. Instead we started a program called Turbo Jam that Beachbody had accidentally sent me when I ordered Power 90, and they had told me to just keep. I figured out the I could sub some of Chalene’s workouts in for the cardio of Power 90 and this would keep me from doing any high impact stuff, since I could modify Turbo Jam to be able to keep going. I finished Power 90 with a total weight loss of 51 pounds and a better understanding of myself.

I then decided to give P90X a shot again, so I started my next 90 days of hell! Once again here was the fit test, but this time I could do some of it! So off I went. This program had its challenges for me — the food plan seemed daunting at first, but eventually I figured it out, and had to teach myself how to eat more! It sounds crazy, but I was eating more than 3,000 calories and still losing weight! Every week I got stronger and saw more improvements. Over the 90 days I lost another 21 pounds.

During the next year, I did hybrid programs of P90X and Turbo Fire, another round of P90X and I lost another 49 pounds. I learned what I was capable of, I learned what my weaknesses were and had started to decided that I wasn’t doing this to be selfish anymore but I was doing this for my family, and for anyone that I might accidentally inspire. I was doing this to be an example for my kids, to give my fiancee the man she deserved, and to come to a somewhat-OK place with myself.

Seventeen months later, I still haven’t had a drink, I quit smoking, I don’t drink soda and I have lost a total of 128 pounds.

Source: huffingtonpost

Originally posted 2012-10-25 03:07:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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