- Before Weight: 190 lbs
- After Weight: 178 lbs
- Before Measurements:
- 37 in. waist
- 41 in. chest
- After Measurements:
- 35 in. waist
- 27 in. chest
My biggest struggle was the outside environment that I live in. It’s not conducive to losing weight. Losing weight is a battle against the bright McDonald’s sign on the drive home, the friends begging you to come out for drinks, the buffet at the party... I never really understood how much our environment is set up to try and make us fail.
I wanted to change to feel comfortable with how I viewed myself and how others viewed me. And I was actually just curious as to what I’d look like if I dropped some lbs!
Just thinking about the many times I had failed before and my pessimistic thinking that it will just be the same this time, only this time I’ll be spending more money just to fail again. But I decided I had to try and three months later I’m very happy I did.
My whole relationship with food had to change. I viewed some foods as angelic, some as Satan. That kind of relationship isn’t productive because you end up wanting what you can’t have more. Plus, I would feel genuine guilt for eating ‘bad’ foods, which led me to be afraid of actually recording them in MyFitnessPal, and to work with you I had to be honest about what I was eating and not feel any sort of guilt.
The lowest point was a few weeks in when I was binge eating during exams. I overcame it by waking up, turning over a new page and getting back into my regular diet plan which sorted out much of the stress I was feeling.
Yeah, I think that’s fair to say. I dropped about 12 pounds in the space of three months but built a great deal of muscle too. Clothes fit or fit better, I’m getting compliments from friends and family.
As I said before I was actually fairly pessimistic when it came to working with you – nothing personal, it’s just how I am! So yeah, it has greatly exceeded my expectations and I am so glad I did it. I’m now on track in my fitness journey and have strategies and advice that will last a lifetime.
So, over the next few months I’m aiming for a goal weight between 165lbs-170lbs. When I hit that kind of weight I’ll be looking to find a happy maintenance level while still gaining muscle.