When Kenneth tipped the scales at 204 pounds, he knew he needed to make a change. Find out how Kenneth overcame grief, cleaned up his eating habits, and lost 55 pounds to get in the best shape of his life!
I stepped on the scale at the doctor's office and saw ... 204 pounds. Wait a minute. What? "Nurse, that can't possibly be right," I said as I took my wallet and other items out of my pocket. The scale stared right back at me: 204 pounds! I knew right then something had to change.
For the majority of my life I had what most would consider a lean/athletic build. I had an active lifestyle and was a member of my high school basketball and track teams.
As an adult I participated in adult league basketball and other athletic activities, one of which includes coaching a high school basketball team at the freshman level.
At 6-foot-0 and 160 pounds, I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, with little to no regard to nutritional value. Gaining weight was the farthest thing from my mind.
I began weight training with the intention of adding about 10-15 pounds of muscle to my physique. I increased my protein intake with supplements (shakes and bars). Before long I was 180 pounds and feeling pretty good because I was still primarily eating what I wanted to.
Consuming supplements designed to help you gain weight combined with a diet not mindful of caloric intake is a recipe for destruction. Over the next few years I found myself tipping the scale at 190 pounds. By August of 2008 I was my heaviest (204 pounds). August of 2008 also brought personal tragedy with the sudden death of my mother.
Click To Enlarge. Needless To Say Consuming Supplements Designed To Help You Gain Weight Combined With A Diet Not Mindful Of Caloric Intake Is A Recipe For Destruction.
I never used food as a crutch, but exercising took a back seat to trying to cope with the pain of losing the most influential person of my life. Also, I suffered from sleep apnea and knee pain. As a hip hop artist/songwriter/studio engineer, I was reluctant to schedule a photo shoot for my upcoming CD release because when I looked in the mirror I can honestly say I didn't like my own reflection.
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How I Did It
I saw the P90X infomercial late one night and remember thinking to myself "These guys are crazy!" After my initial shock, I realized this was exactly what I needed.
Further research on the Internet only helped to reel me in. The workouts seemed really intense and complex. What sold me were the "Before and After" pictures and videos of countless individuals that made the decision to change their lives for the better. I've always been highly skeptical of people making such claims. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
However; there was sincerity about P90X. These people weren't actors or professional athletes, but ordinary people. No spit shine and polish, just hard work and sweat. I convinced myself to take control and physically become the person I've always wanted to be. The timing couldn't have been better. I was all in.
Doing the workouts combined with healthy, clean eating, I immediately saw and felt results. At the end of 30 days I was down to 178 pounds. As the pounds melted away I became more energized and even more eager to continue pressing forward! Over the next 60 days I made even more progress.
On day 90 I weighed in at a lean 160 pounds. More importantly, I was sleeping much better and my knee problems were virtually non-existent. Pleased with my results, I knew I still had plenty of work to do in order to sculpt myself into elite shape.
Currently I'm in my 4th round of P90X (entering my 11th month), and in the best shape of my life. Compared to my "Before" pictures, I'm a shell of my former self. What I've lost in unwanted inches and pounds, I've more than compensated for in health and overall happiness.
Hindsight being 20/20, I wish I had access to a workout of this caliber available to me while I was in high school and college, however; it's better late than never. My results from P90X are staggering. So far I've lost 55 pounds and countless inches, causing what I like to call "good problems" like buying new clothes because my old ones no longer fit.
My waistline is smaller now than it was in high school. Crisp cuts and bulging veins have replaced the rolls of flab. For the first time in my life I have visible abs and people are asking me for fitness advice.
As far as food goes, when people ask me if I miss eating certain things I tell them "I miss the taste of certain dishes, but being 'fit' tastes better than anything I've ever eaten." I've learned that eating clean has a greater impact on your visible results than even the most intense workout regimen. Abs are not made in the gym, they're made in the kitchen!
Click To Enlarge. For The First Time In My Life I Have Visible Abs And People Are Asking Me For Fitness Advice.
Failure - That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point. Plyometrics - Plyometric movements, in which a muscle is loaded and then contracted in rapid sequence, use the strength, elasticity and innervation of muscle and surrounding tissues to jump higher, run faster, throw farther or hit harder, depending on the desired training goal.
It's never too late to begin your path to personal fitness. You have complete control. Weight training is very honest. You only get out of it what you put into it. Eating healthy and getting enough rest is just as crucial as lifting your max weight at the gym if your goals are to "look" fit.
Every day presents a new challenge to be better than the day before. Give your best effort and let your training regimen work for you. It will, but only if you're disciplined enough to let it. The proof is in the pudding.
Click To Enlarge. It's Never Too Late To Begin Your Path To Personal Fitness.