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Confessions of a Former Fat Guy

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Great 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 | Confessions of a Former Fat GuyMike Watts thought he’d be big for the rest of his life. Then he dropped 60 pounds

Weight Before: 230

Weight After: 170

Vitals: Mike Watts, 28,Boston,Massachusetts

Occupation: Marketing manager

Height: 5’7″

Time Required to Reach Goal: 8 months

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The Setback After graduating from college in 2004, I worked in marketing for the beverage industry—where eating out is part of the job description. I ravaged bread baskets and ate three-course meals loaded with carbs. In 18 months I gained 60 pounds. Although I was once a fit rugby player, I was daunted by what it would take to lose the weight. So I began talking myself into a new image: Maybe I’ll just always be the fat guy. It wouldn’t be so bad, right? I gave away all my size 34 pants and resigned myself to size 40s. Friends joked about my weight, and I didn’t stop them.

The Wake-Up Call It’s shocking, the trade-offs we make. I was willing to let my body balloon because I always had things I wanted to do instead of exercise, and I didn’t want to change the way I ate. But as I gained more weight, those little freedoms stopped feeling so liberating. I was having trouble tying my shoes, and I felt awkward (and overdressed) at pool parties. Finally, watching from the sidelines as friends splashed around at one party, I decided I was wrong: My body was worth working for.

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The Food A nearby takeout joint offers large pasta meals for two with rolls; I used to eat all that myself. I was having restaurant fare six or seven times a week. So for my first change, I started making meals at home and tracking my food intake on an online calorie counter so I could understand what I was eating. I discovered that I could create flavorful food with half the calories, and now I love meals with baked chicken, rice, couscous, and vegetables. And when I indulge, I do it in moderation: I still order that same pasta meal for two sometimes, but now I share it with my girlfriend—and there are leftovers.

The Fitness My workouts began simply: I started walking around town after work. Soon I was running a mile and a half each day and forcing myself into the gym. I’d think, Just make it in the door, do 20 minutes, and you can leave. That seemed easy enough—and once I was there, I always stayed longer and pushed myself harder. How could I not? I’d come that far, and the gym was surprisingly satisfying once I was actually working out. Now I’m there 5 days a week, lifting weights for 35 to 45 minutes to work my entire body, and then doing cardio for the same amount of time. No matter how my day goes, I always feel better afterward.

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The Reward When you’re heavy and in a rut, you lower your expectations: You look at things and think, I can’t accomplish that, so why try? I know I did. But as I slimmed down, I started challenging those assumptions. I never thought I’d be able to run a marathon, so I ran one. Now I look for other races and think about which ones I can finish. I’m on a mission to push myself—to attack the things I once thought I couldn’t do. It’s how I know I’m never going to be “the fat guy” again.

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