120 Pounds Lost: Chris Got Fit – My Weight Loss Journey
NAME : Chris
BEFORE WEIGHT : 350
AFTER WEIGHT : 230
POUNDS LOST : 120
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I started developing a weight problem I was 8 years old. It started when I was young because I was never taught proper nutrition as a child and always ate out at fast food restaurants.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
Luckily, my weight never really affected any aspects of my life. I was never bullied as a child. I was very self-conscious of my body and always tried to cover it up by wearing multiple lawyers of clothing.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
There was no “turning point” that got me started on my weight loss journey. I was making really good money at the time and just decided that I needed to start getting into shape and getting healthy, so I put all my money towards the gym, personal training, healthy food, and supplements.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I contacted my friend Dominic who went to school for personal training. I told him that I wanted to lose a lot of weight and he said he would help me train at the gym.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I started to realize a change in myself in June 2015. I started my whole journey in October 2014. Right when I started eating better with Whole30, I noticed a huge change in my face structure. I definitely suffer with body dysmorphia, so it wasn’t until 2016 that I noticed my whole getting slimmer.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
A specific challenge for me to overcome was to love my body. Loving your own body especially when you know you hate it is very hard to do. I still go through days where I hate the skin that I’m in, but I have learned to just love myself and to not care what others think of me.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
Besides the first day stepping into the gym and wanting to give up there and then, I never wanted to give up. I was my own motivation. I wanted to better myself and make myself proud. Because of this, I am happy and I can thank myself.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Because I am still losing weight, I thankfully have not hit any weight loss plateaus. I think in another 30 pounds I will start to plateau. I have about 40 more pounds to lose.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took me 2 years to lose most of my weight.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Fitting into jeans and smaller size clothes was a really big non-scale victory for me, along with lifting really heavy weights.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was heavier, I only ate around once a day. This caused a lot of weight gain. Those once a day meals would consist of only carbs or junk food, such as fast food restaurants.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Physical activity for me is the key to my weight loss transformation. I work out 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. I do an hour of cardio, followed by an hour of weight lifting. When I first started to work out, lifting weights and walking on the treadmill was a struggle. I could barely lift anything because my body just wasn’t use to it. Since I have been doing this for over 2 years, my body loves to break a sweat! My favourite activity to do at the gym is speed walk/run on the treadmill at an incline of 15 and at a speed of 4 to 7. I also love leg day because I can lift a lot with my legs.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Drink lots of water with lemon. Drinking regular water is boring. Add a slice of lemon or lime to spice things up!
- Workout in the morning. I use to like working out during or after lunch, but now I love getting up at 8:00am and going to the gym. The gym is not that busy during that day, and it’s great for a shift worker, like myself!
- What I’m about to say may offend some people, but it is just my opinion. If you’re reading this and want to make a big lifestyle change like I did, then keep it off of social media. In my opinion, taking gym selfies, bragging about each weigh-in, and seeking validation from others is not an appropriate approach to getting healthy. It is upsetting to see people post that they have lost a certain amount of weight, then within months, they have either gained it all back or have stopped being active. Had this person not posted everything online, I wouldn’t have known about their healthy lifestyle struggles. The validation you receive through likes and comments are only temporary. If you want a permanent change, validation must come from within. I didn’t tell anyone about what I was doing because I didn’t want to take on any external pressure. Furthermore, I barely told anyone about what I was doing because I believe that it’s no one’s business. If you feel taking pictures helps you track your progress and want to have someone to keep you accountable to your lifestyle change, I suggest you find one or a few people you trust that you can send these pictures to, and who will provide you with positivity and encouragement in return.
- Surround yourself with positive friends who are rooting for you.
- Find multiple friends to be workout partners to workout with. You can motivate each other and help give each other tips.