He’s Back to His Original Size
After nearly failing his military physical fitness test, David decided to lose weight for his career — and his family.
Before 230 lbs.
After 185 lbs.
Vitals David W., Brunswick, ME
Height 6 ft. 0 in.
Began Weight-Loss Program 12/10/2007
Time at Current Weight 1 year 2 months
The biggest reason for my weight gain: I was just comfortable with life. When I first came in the military, I had no real muscle or fat. I started to put on some weight when my first child was born, but it wasn’t until after our second child that I really started packing on the pounds. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I had also gotten surgery done on my shoulder in 2007, so I really wasn’t in the mood to exercise.
Around November 2007, I took my PT test and scored a 75.6; passing was a 75. That was my turning point. How did I let myself go? I was very athletic in high school. I decided to lose weight not just for myself and my career in the military, but for my boys and wife.
I started eating six times a day, added more whole-grains and veggies to my diet, and picked up interval cardio training. It wasn’t until early summer when I lost majority of my weight that I started strength training. By the fall of 2008, during my deployment to Iraq, I really focused on lifting.
The Key to Success
The biggest key to my success has been watching my portions and continuous exercising. It has become part of my life. If I don’t work out daily, I feel like I am dragging. So to keep my blood going, I work out every morning, sometimes again in the afternoon. I either lift or run six times a week.
Derailers and Strategies
Nothing really derails me. I stay focused. What really keeps me motivated is that I never want to be overweight again. I want to maintain a 32-inch waist vs. a 40-inch waist.
When I Slip …
I wouldn’t call it a setback, but when I treat myself, I make sure to do more cardio that week. It keeps me sane and keeps my metabolism up. Sure, you should eat healthy (no soda, sweets etc.), but it’s good to treat yourself at least once a week to keep your body guessing.
When I Soar…
Every time I put on my 32 pants that I was first issued when I came into the military!