Journey to a stonger self
Let me introduce myself. My name is Mike. Since high school I could have been described many ways. It started out with chubby, big boned or heavy…but what it really came down to is that I was fat. Things did not get any better as I got older. I had an all time low after basic training of 154 and a high of 316. To say I had a weight problem would be a major understatement.
This current journey started a few years ago. I took a trip with my family to Kings Island. Everything was going great we got to the park early the lines were short as it had just got done raining and I was having a good time. Then reality hits. We go to ride “The Beast”. I get all the way to the top of the coaster sit down in what I thought was a way too small seat and pull the bar across my lap. The only problem is that it will not close enough. So there I am trying to suck it in and pull this bar a little further down. As I am struggling to fit myself into this seat one of the attendants come over to help. By this point I am holding up the entire ride with everyone and their brother staring at me. To say that I felt like a jackass would be an understatement. The attendant also started pushing on the bar to get it to click just two time. She pushed down getting one click. I was in pain because this bar was pressing so hard into my stomach so I told her to just let me off the ride and they could go without me. She would not give up though and gives one more big push getting the second click. I felt like ten pounds of mashed potatoes shoved into a five pound sack. The ride starts and off we go. Every turn and bump being extremely painful. Then the ride comes to an end and I thought my misery was over…except to get out of the cart they need to push the bar down to release the lock. We start all over getting me out of this cart with an attendant pushing so I can finally get free. I grab my stuff and walk away more embarrassed then I have ever been in my life. Right then and there I knew something had to change.
Fast forward one year I had been using myfitnesspal to keep track of the food I eat. I was down to 240 and feeling pretty slim. The problem being I was always hungry and my energy levels were low. Turns out that a 5’8″ adult male should have more than 1400 calories a day. Since I was not working out I needed to keep eating 1400 calories just to maintain that weight. I wish I had the knowledge I do today back then things would have been much different. So what happens to someone in this situation…they bounce back. In my case I bounced back hard. I started eating like crap and put on all my lost weight coming to rest over a year later at 316.
I stayed at 316 for months feeling like crap. My knees hurt just to move me around my ankles were killing me and I again had no energy. Something had to give and I was afraid it was going to be my heart. Well my wife was thinking along the same lines and after encouraging me to eat better and workout she came up with another option. Knowing my personality like she did she knew that I needed someone to drive me to workout and that it was not a good thing for a marriage if that was her. So she recommended I try a personal trainer. I had been thinking about something like that myself but was worried about the cost. Well we just decided that living a long happy life was worth a little bit of money now. So after a search of the internet for personal trainers in my area I found one that was close by and had a philosophy that I liked. Too many of the personal training sites I went to had pictures of high intensity workout with all these athletic looking people working out. All I could think was that I would be embarrassed to workout there and would not be able to do it. So along comes this one site where no one looked like they could be a model in their part time. They were real people trying to make their lives better. I gave them a call set up the appointment and started two days later.
Fast forward another 3 months and here I am down 28 pounds and 8 inches across my midsection. I weight 287 and still losing. The best part I have finally fallen in love with working out. For the first time in my life I was introduced to strength training. I had never lifted a barbell in my life before this and never see myself stopping.
So this has been a long intro but I thought I needed to cover some basics on how I got to where I am at. I intend for this blog to cover the journey of my stronger life. I hope I might be able to inform and inspire people to work toward a healthier life style. So long for now.