Reflecting back growing up I wasn’t always the bigger guy. I was thin in my younger years but I was eater lol. I was extremely active and always into something no matter what it was. I’m originally from Newark, New Jersey and one thing I can honestly say is that when my family moved to the South I noticed the slow gain in weight. But as time passed and I noticed more growing up. I don’t know if it was because I didn’t want to be in down South or what it’s too hard to say.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I was self-conscious about my weight during many points in my in life. One thing that I noticed is people would label me “oh your bigger so if there is an altercation your the one who will get in the most trouble” or “Girls won’t like you because your fat” you hear things like “Big guys stink or “can’t dress”. Then of course the jokes that came along with it. It made me at many points some what stand offish to many things because of my weight I looked myself as an outsider from the rest of the world. I felt that I didn’t want to put myself in any situation to feel embarrassed, or uncomfortable. So I would pass on going to hangout at parties, sleepovers and I get older certain school events. Into the adult years clubs and then turned into a hermit.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? There was a point where I wasn’t going to the doctor at all in my life for anything. I remember having to get help just to put on socks and lotion on my legs. I also remember having have someone tie my shoes and that point I just said I can’t do this no more. It was so embarrassing and I said never again will I go through this. I had to make someone changes. I looked at myself and couldn’t believe I just let myself go. I remember order a scale and the first one that came when I step on it the thing didn’t read. So I purchased another and when I saw my weight I said “OK enough.”
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? In the beginning I started walking and lifting weights in home daily. I cut all the sweets like snack cakes “Little Debbie’s” out and pork out of my meal routine. I started eating more meals daily. I also eliminated “Kool Aid” and increased my water intake to a gallon or more a day. I was determined to drop weight and continue to build myself up.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I honestly started seeing results after about 2 weeks. I can honestly say I stayed really strict to the diet the entire time. No cheats.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? Once I got my weight down to about 410lbs I ended up in ICU for about 7 days due to my blood pressure spiking to 251/180 approx. Jan 13, 2015. By this time I was going to the doctor regularly. My vision was blurry and my doctor had warned me prior saying “listen you have no health issues” this is the perfect time to lose weight. I kept ignoring it and blowing it off. Then I ended up in the hospital. I came out with five blood pressure medicines and having to use a sleep apnea machine “BiPAP”. It was like “wow now you need this to keep you alive”. When all this time I thought I was doing good. It all just hit me in the face. To think I almost didn’t go the the emergency room that night per doctors orders. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be telling you about this journey now. It lit a fire that cannot be described inside me. The thing that hurts most was my lady’s family was there threw it all but my parents never showed up. I had to deal with that emotionally because I was almost out of here.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? At times I felt like quitting but the music kept me motivated. In my mind I would hear my mom saying “a label will see you as a risk and they won’t take a risk on you unless you lose weight”. That kept motivated to push on and I would buy smaller clothes and also the clothes I was too big for I would keep and say “I’m going to get back into that”. I kept my work and did just that. My best friend and his mom would by smaller clothes for me too as gifts as motivation. His mom would say “son I know you can’t fit it but I want to see you in it”
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? So far I have hit any plateaus that weight has still be falling off pretty consecutively. But I do have some adjustments in place if that was plateau was to hit I would adjust the diet.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? It took two and half years to lose most of the weight.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? I was diagnosed pre-diabetic and I’m no longer a pre-diabetic.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I would eat out all the time. On a regular basis fast food, pizza, McDonald, Burger King, All You Can Eat Buffets, drinking Two Liter Pepsi’s and other sodas. To make it worst I would eat and then lay down. I enjoyed heavy fried foods, all you can eat wings, pork chops, mac and cheese. Sweets, ice cream, and Chinese food. I was never an emotional eater. I would just go and eat just because. I would go and order 3 different pizzas and it just be me. I would order 4 Big Macs, 2 large fries, and gallon of tea for me. All of this for no reason. Some days I might go to another restaurant because I wanted more and didn’t want the people at the restaurant to see me order it. I would cook meals like I’m cooking for an army and its just me at the house.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? At first I wasn’t a fan of working out but I was always quick on my feet for a big guy. I understood that everyone wants to lose weight but not everyone wants to put the work in. Some people want quick results and that’s ok if that’s the route you wish to take. I for one had my mind made up that I would not quit it was also a spiritual journey for me as it humbled me in many ways. One of my favorite things as time went on was chest days and back and shoulder days. I can honestly say I dislike legs days squats are not my favorite lol. I truly enjoy working each muscle and learning new things as I train. I can tell such an improvement in my activity day to day I want to do more and I’m always go go go. The biggest improvement is in my performance when I sing I’m no longer out of breath.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Drink lots of water. Get your gallon jug and drink water daily.
- Weigh your food. Portion control is key.
- You should eat multiple small meals through the daily and no carbs on that last meal especially before bed.
- Don’t give up regardless of what anyone says.
- Push yourself and be the best you that you can be. Your amazing.