Male Weight Loss Success Story: Robert Shed 90 Pounds And Became A Proud Grandpa
NAME : Robert (Bob)
BEFORE WEIGHT : 335
AFTER WEIGHT : 245
POUNDS LOST : 90
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
In 2008 I had an on-the-job accident and I had to get a two-disc fusion and a total knee replacement. I had been a construction worker for thirty-five years and I became very depressed because I couldn’t do the job that I was trained to do and was forced into early retirement.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
At my lowest point I was walking with a walker or a cane. I couldn’t drive and I had to rely on my wife, five years my junior, to drive me anywhere I needed to go. I had to sit in a lay-z-boy chair to easily change positions because I would get shooting pains in my back.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
In 2009 my grandson was born at 23 weeks gestation and we watched him struggle to survive. Then several months later, his brother was born at 25 weeks gestation and struggled through the NICU as well. To top it off, I went to the doctor and she told me that I had very high triglycerides/cholesterol and extremely high blood pressure; She also told me that I was a good candidate for a heart-attack or a stroke. So I concluded that for me to lose weight pales in comparison to what my grandsons went through to survive.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I went right from the doctor to the gym and joined and started working out six days a week. I also changed my diet to low-fat, high protein diet.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Within a week, although I couldn’t see it, I could feel the muscles growing in my arms. I didn’t see a change on the scale until three weeks to a month after starting.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
My case is interesting because I began working out and changing my lifestyle after the forced retirement due to injury. My injuries were four back surgeries, four knee surgeries, which resulted in two disc fusion and a total knee replacement, although, when I first began I was under the strict observation of a physical therapist. I also began this journey at the age of fifty-seven.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
There were a lot of times that I wanted to give up but when I thought of that I also remembered that I want to see my grandchildren graduate high school. I was also blessed with an extremely supportive wife. She changed her cooking habits to reflect my new lifestyle and supports my diet restrictions.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I did hit plateaus but with perseverance and dedication, I knew it was a matter of time before I broke through the plateau.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I lost eighty pounds in about eight months but I was at the ‘top of my game’ at about two years from the day I first walked into the gym.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I was able to fit into pants that I wore during my younger days when I would go out dancing.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
More fruits and vegetables, chicken and turkey as compared to lots of fast-food when I was heavier.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was heavier I would spend most of my days in my lay-z-boy watching TV and eating non-healthy foods. Now, I love going to the gym to the point I feel that I am doing something wrong if I miss it. I’ve always had a work-ethic and instead of focusing that on my job, while in retirement, I focus it on the gym. Although I can’t use free-weights and I must be sitting down, I have at great results with plate-machines
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Find a good support system
- Don’t treat it like a diet, make it like a lifestyle change.
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