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In The Beginning…..

So for most of my life I have been obese….morbidly obese, with a BMI over 40. I never relished the fact that I was the fat one. But I learned at times how to deal with it. I joined in with cliche. Instead of being the one the jokes were aimed at, I made them myself. I used others laughter to hide behind-my guilt and self loathing (sound familiar?). But after time this really took a toll. At one time, if someone would have offered me world peace or be thin, I would have chosen thin. Beauty became superficial. I had no excuse for my state. I didn’t have asthma or anything preventing me to make a change. It was a choice, I just didn’t want to eat right and stay active. I wanted to eat pizza, drink alcohol and play video games. In not taking care of myself things started to happen, and not for the better. I developed some joint issues that led to a long injury recovery process in my feet and ankles. I was on crutches for 18 months at one time. Besides my feet, there were other concerns. Heart issues, diabetes and all the other horrors that are associated with being overweight.

But it’s not too late.

andy-before-photo-2About 5 years ago I went on a “crash” diet. I counted calories like mad, went to the gym almost everyday, eating 1500 calories or less most of the time. But I didn’t change anything in my lifestyle. I still ate at McDonald’s, just didn’t get the extra cheese and supersized fries. This change wasn’t realistic and I wasn’t setting myself up for long term success. Even without making lifestyle changes I lost a 100 pounds in 365 Days. Woohoo, right? So what happened?

I went back to what I knew,  food, inactivity and bad habits. So guess what happened? Over the last 5 years I put  88 of the 100 pounds I lost back on. I was right back where I started, feeling fat, having a low self worth, and developing all kinds of medical and emotional issues. Digestion problems, irritability and anxiety. The anxiety was so bad I felt like was having a heart attack at least twice a week. At one point I went on medication to curb the attacks. Thankfully I had the love and support of my wife, or I would have went crazy….er.

blog-photo-Andy-gymWhy do I tell all of this?

I know there are others going through a lot of those same things right now and maybe some can relate.
My Wife and I are about 4 months in and combined 80 pounds down. Moving forward I will be sharing my obstacles, things that worked for me (or didn’t), recipes and much more!



Should I get a personal trainer

This is probably the most important decision we have made in the last year. We bit the bullet, got over our fear and budgeted for a personal trainer. But was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!! It’s easy to tell your self or even your spouse that you don’t feel like going to the gym this morning. But tell that to your trainer, not very easy. The cool thing about getting a trainer is it takes no effort to start. When you start going to the gym there is that big hurdle of getting motivated to go. When you have someone giving up an hour of their morning just for you, you will get up and go. They are not there just to push you through a workout you don’t want to do. They are there to encourage, track, teach and challenge you to be the person you want to be.