WEIGHT 240 lbs
BODY FAT 28.3%
WEIGHT 160 lbs
BODY FAT 11%
Why I Got Started
In 2007, I decided to get back into the gym, because I started to play in a basketball league and wanted to be in shape for it. I weighed about 185-190 lbs.
While playing, I noticed I wasn't the same player I once was. I never thought weight was much of an issue being at a size 36-38 for the last 12 or so years.
After the league was finished, I got comfortable thinking I could eat whatever I want since I was working out. Next thing I knew I was eating more than I was working out. I was sitting around more than being active.
About a year went by and I began to have headaches and pains in my body. As the headaches and pains became more frequent I decided to see my doctor. Little did I know that this visit to the doctor would change my life forever.
The doctor told me that I was at the borderline in all aspects (hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and obese). He said I was over 235lbs and that I was close to a heart attack or stroke. I immediately thought of my family history and the recent passing of people close to me due to their health. I then realized I was on that same path.
My physician strongly recommended that I take the steps needed to lower unhealthy indicators or else I will get worse or even die. He stated that I needed to drop to 180lbs and to start eating healthier. As the doctor explained this to me, it hit me. This was my wakeup call to make a change and, most of all, to save my life.
How I Did It
In July 2009, I committed myself to working out & changing my diet. With the help of my best friend and others close to me, consulting with trainers, using Bodybuilding.com and joining the BodySpace community, I searched for workout programs and diets I could follow.
It took about 3 months to adjust my lifestyle, and to this day, a fit and healthy lifestyle is part of me. It has totally changed me as a person. I have become more confident, healthier, and a better person.
Suggestions For Others
Choosing to live a healthier lifestyle wasn't and is not easy. With hard work and consistency you will get to where you want to be. After going through my transformation I want to continue to inspire others to live healthier and to love life and not be afraid of it.
So I hope this inspires and motivates you to choose to live a healthier lifestyle and to choose to live! Find your motivation and just do it!
- Motivation, Determination, Consistency = Transformation.
- Never give up!
- Remain Steadfast on Your mission to getting lean, and you most definitely will.
- The road to fitness and a healthier lifestyle is a marathon not a race.