Male Weight Loss Transformations

He Served His Country, But Not Himself

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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 | He Served His Country, But Not HimselfCurt McGinnis dropped over 100 pounds and got himself back in fighting form

Weight Before: 265

Weight After: 160

Vitals: Curt McGinnis, 30, Mackinaw, IL

Occupation: IT analyst

Height: 5’9″

Time Required to Reach Goal: 18 months

The Setback After graduating from high school, I enlisted in the Army National Guard. Basic training whipped me into amazing shape, and I was excited about my future with the military. But then my wife and I had three children within 8 years, and the stress and lack of time turned many of my meals into fast-food blitzes of burgers and greasy pizzas. Eventually, I failed all my physical-fitness tests. I should have been able to run 2 miles in about 16 minutes, but I couldn’t do that distance even in 20. And the Guard wouldn’t promote me with a body like that. I left the military in 2002. I’d reached a dead end.

The Wake-Up Call When I was in my mid-20s, my dad had an obesity-related colon rupture and spent 6 weeks in a coma. And yet as my own body grew bigger, I was too comfortable to be scared. I needed something much more immediate to change me: embarrassment. In May 2008, as my family was packing up to go to a swimming pool, I stood in front of a mirror and knew I wasn’t swimsuit material. I stayed home and sulked. That day, I decided it was time to make a change.

The Food I’ve tried fad diets, and they’ve never worked. So this time I revamped my entire eating routine. I traded burgers and pizza for lean proteins like grilled chicken and tuna. I swapped soda for tap water. And I quit ice cream in favor of frozen blueberries and other fruits. It hasn’t been easy, believe me. So after a week of healthy eating and exercising, I allow myself one day to barbecue with my family or dine out with friends. The trick is to not go crazy: I’ll have a small burger with a side of green beans, or two slices of thin-crust pizza. I even reward myself with a few beers each weekend. But only a few.

The Fitness Working out is easier if you have a goal, so I set mine high: to one day meet my old military fitness requirements. To do that, I ran 5 days a week. I found the exercises I liked the most for each part of my body (for my back, say, I love doing deadlifts, dumbbell rows, and lat pulldowns) and then tried to include at least one favorite in each workout. Now I spread my lifting throughout the week—I work some muscles one day and give them a rest while working others the next. Along the way, I’ve set smaller goals: a half marathon—I’ve done two!—and a full marathon this year. (Wish me luck.)

The Reward Being Army-fit again has boosted my confidence, and I think it’s made me a better husband and dad. I was proud to shed clothing on our recent vacation to Myrtle Beach. But I’ve always felt I have unfinished business with the military. I often dedicate that last mile or that last rep to soldiers overseas—and now I excel at those fitness tests I once failed. I’m in better shape now than I was fresh out of basic training, and I’m ready to finish what I started: I think I’m ready to reenlist.

Source: fitbie

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