As you can see I was a chubby guy. I never felt like I could lose any weight and blamed it on my medications or my work schedule. I felt like I was trapped inside a big body and couldn't do anything about it.
This picture was taken sometime in January 2017 and shows how much my belly sticks out. I was weighing in at 261 pounds around this point. I still went out and lived life but didn't feel good about where I was with my health. I didn't have any idea how much I going to change with in the next five months.
Just another pic of the old me. My face is much more round and I am using my weight bench as a place to store things rather than what is supposed to be used for.
So what made me decide to really start doing this weight loss journey? One day in February my father in law asked me to help him bring in his cows. So of course I agreed and off we went. I live in West Virginia and it isn't called the Mountain State for no reason. Walking up on the hill and gathering cows to walk back off the hill may sound easy for some, but for me it was hard. I had done this before with no problems but this time I was dragging behind everyone else and wheezing. I knew something was wrong and I decided to fix it.
For the first step in my weight loss I talked to my doctor who advised me of an app called "Lose It!"
This app completely changed my life, believe it or not. The app is available on both Android and iPhone so I'd advise getting it. A few quick questions and you're all set up. It does the calorie counting for you and you can add your daily activities in to the exercise portion to show what you've burned off for the daily total.
Next thing I realized is that my sweet tea habit was adding calories to my daily intake that I didn't need. So what did I do? I gave it up. I only drink water. No soda, tea, coffee, alcohol, energy drinks or anything else. This wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I don't even miss the things I drank before which was only sweet tea. I never really drank a lot of soda.
I decided to start a small work out plan next. I figured since I had trouble walking that is where I needed to start. A mile a day turned into two then three or four. It became a natural thing to do. I enjoyed my walks and since I make youtube videos I used this time to do some vlogs and nature shots. Now I can walk easily ten miles and more on some occasions.
Lifting weights and pushups are the next thing I added. I'd have to say I added them quickly. I started with lifting 100 pounds 50 times. I'd do 30 bench presses and 20 pull downs. Then I'd do 20 or 30 pushups. I figured adding that into my walking and diet was really good. I was right! The weight started coming off. I would do the weights and push ups four days a week while still walking and dieting everyday. Some days I'd walk less miles or add a jog in depending on my available time.
Next I added sit-ups and started out only able to do 15. That didn't work to good for me at all. I knew being a 38 year old guy I should be able to many more. Slowly trying to do more and more and about a month later I am up to 47 now.
By making a few changes and really sticking to them I have dramatically improved my health. I am no longer on medications, feel much better, and have a very active and enjoyable life style. I don't feel embarrassed about my abilities or body anymore. Yes I still have a small belly but I am working on that everyday. I've added more weight to my lifting and am now lifting 120 pounds regularly. It may not seem like a lot to you regulars but we all start somewhere.
So here I am today. I hope you can see the difference. As I said I feel much better and weighed in at 219 pounds. Like I said I still have a ways to go and will continue working on it. I made a few changes but nothing that has really interrupted how I live my life. Maybe just a little less time sitting on the couch and watching television or playing on the internet. The way I see it, those activities are what put me in that shape to begin with.
I'm not a diet or fitness guru. I am not a doctor, or personal trainer. All I did was get up and be more active. It was harder to decide to do this than it ever was doing it. At times I wonder why didn't I do it sooner? Why did I ever let myself go that far? I would recommend to anyone who wants to make this change to just start small and move into a more active life style. If you're happy where you are then don't change anything. It is up to you to decide. Nobody should ever judge someone for their own choices in health. I wanted to change so I did.