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I Lost Weight: Concerned By A Family History Of Heart Problems, Kelvin Burnett Lost 269 Pounds

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Name: Kelvin Burnett
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 | I Lost Weight: Concerned By A Family History Of Heart Problems, Kelvin Burnett Lost 269 PoundsAge: 25
Height: 6’5″
Before Weight: 485 pounds

How I Gained It: I was very introverted and inactive while I was growing up. By the time I was 10 years old, I weighed 200 pounds. I was unlike a lot of other kids, so socializing wasn’t very easy for me. And when I transferred into a deaf school while I was young, I continued to steadily gain weight.

I gained more weight throughout grade school, and my self-esteem continued to dip as a result. By the time I graduated from high school, I had ballooned to over 350 pounds. I was at a point where I couldn’t ride on roller coasters. I was at a point where I couldn’t shop regularly at any clothing stores. I was at a point where I couldn’t be more physically able. Overall, I was at a point where I couldn’t have a typical experience as others because of my weight.

Through my first two years of college, I didn’t really have my parents watching over my bad habits. The issues of fitting in from grade school were exactly the same in college. I had a vast array of junk foods available to me — pizza, cheeseburgers, soda.

I steadily gained weight until I hit my heaviest of 485 pounds. I couldn’t be weighed on a scale in a doctor’s office.

I pretty much ignored all the warning signs of obesity when I was growing up. I didn’t want to face reality and trigger shame and guilt. And so in a lot of ways, I became disconnected from who I should’ve been.

Absolutely nothing could discontinue my bad habits. Food for me was like a drug; the sensation of being really bloated and full was a high for me.

Breaking Point: My grandmother visited our house one day in the summer for an annual visit while I was in college. She noticed that I had a problem; she sternly addressed me out of frustration but with love and deep concern that I ought to lose the weight or else.

I learned from my grandmother that my father, grandfather and other relatives had a history of heart attacks, hypertension and other genetic ailments.

My grandmother being the one person that I truly didn’t want to disappoint, I decided to act accordingly upon arrival at college.

After a first workout at the gym, I stepped onto a scale and it read 485 pounds. Seeing that number was a slap in the face. I needed to do something really drastic with my life. Ultimately, it was also the moment when I faced reality. Quickly, I felt ashamed of what I’d become as a person at that time.

How I Lost It: I logged onto the Internet and I researched left and right and all over on fitness and nutrition. I discovered various websites, articles, blogs and more. I also investigated diet journals and forum threads to observe how other people lost weight from their own personal experiences. I would immediately construct my own weight loss formula to follow.

However, as much as I actively researched for knowledge, I had to act, or else I wasn’t going to obtain results. Going into the gym, I became really active by lifting weights. I did some cardio with stationery bikes and elliptical trainers. As my weight dropped, I also conquered the StairMaster and treadmill.

I would aim at heavily burning calories by going through long and intense cardio sessions. Regardless, my weight loss was inconsistent. Puzzled, I logged onto the Internet yet again for more answers. Through research, I found the real and very simple premise of weight loss: calories in versus calories out. This meant I had to really emphasize on diet. As a result, my weight started to fall at a more consistent basis.

Each and every week, I would notice results on the scale. Each and every month, I would notice results with my physical body as far as appearance and waist measurement goes. Going forward, this was the strategy that I would be sticking with.

I have more control over my life because I have chosen myself first. Choosing myself first gave me a new perspective on what truly matters in life. Choosing myself first gave me the focus, power and will to do things worth doing. Choosing myself first meant that I had to fully take responsibility for my own decisions.

I am no longer ashamed of who I am as a person. I fully embrace myself now. Overall, I feel more confident that I’m heading in the right direction. I feel completely connected to myself. I found comfort from within instead of in food. In order to have achieved weight loss, I felt that I needed to internally change. As a whole, I feel a lot healthier and I am no longer at risk.

I realize that my transformation wasn’t instantaneous; it was a process. This journey has made me realize how much potential that I have as a person. No longer will I take life for granted. If I were to die today, I would rather die knowing that I lived life fully but not regretfully.

After Weight: 216 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

1 Comment

  1. Sabrina Scott

    May 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I’m currently where you started at, and am writing to say that I find this story so very encouraging! Thank you for sharing it, and motivating me to put myself first!

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