- Posted August 16, 2013 by
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Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
I lost 70 pounds in 7 months by living healthy.
Not only did I eat poorly, but I smoked and drank as well. My wakeup call came one night when I went to go to the bathroom and I got out of bed, walked ten feet and back, and was out of breath. I realized then, something had to change.
I changed my diet and joined a gym. I continued to smoke, but was losing weight and getting healthier. I lost 50 pounds in about a year, which was awesome. I was living healthy, but I was not thinking healthy. I would look for any excuse to get out of working out or to get out of eating right.
That spring I graduated college and started a new job. This job basically encourages poor living. Most of them smoke, drink, and eat terribly. I fell right back to where I started. I gained back most of the weight that I had lost and still continued to train, but just didn’t care. I stepped on the scale one day and was mortified, back to over 280.
That weekend was the Super Bowl and I joined some friends for some pizza and beer. As I am swilling down my 4th slice of pizza, we got on to the topic of obstacle course running. I said that I would like to do one someday and they all laughed at me. They said that there was no way that I was going to be able to do it. I had other plans and took that as a challenge.
I spoke to my personal trainer and told her I was going to be doing a course. She gladly took the challenge and we planned out a course of action. 200 grams of protein day, low carbohydrates, and I went gluten free (best decision of my life). I was also going to be working out 5 days a week. On top of that, I quit smoking and drinking.
I bought a treadmill that week as well and started to run. Running a mile was terrible, and I thought I was going to die. I did it though, and then went into my strength training, which has always been my forte. I completed that no problem. Over the next few months, I slowly decreased my cardio and increased my strength. As I put the muscle on, the fat melted away.
My first big victory came when I was able to do one pull up, which I had never done before. I was nearly reduced to tears I was so happy. The victories piled up after that and it gave me a boost like you wouldn’t believe. I ran a 5k, on the treadmill, per the request of my trainer. I called her crazy, but I did it in just under 40 minutes. I was two months out from the course and I was pumped.
At that point, I was right around 240 pounds and that was the lightest I had been in a long time. I had a goal of getting to 220 for my first race in June, and I missed it by 1 pound, but I was still thrilled I got that close. The course I was running was in Massachusetts, and was right after tropical storm Andrea, so it was a rough course and full of mud. My fiancé, her mother and I finished the course in 1 hour and 42 minutes. I had done it. We had done it. As of writing this, I have completed two obstacle courses, and one 5k. Later this summer I have a 15k obstacle course, a 5k obstacle course as well as a 5k run scheduled.
The one thing that I learned through all of this is that you can never give up and you can never surrender. That has been my saying throughout all of this. Another word to the wise is, if it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth it to do. I did all this with no “super pills” or no fad diets. I did this all with hard work, dedication, and pure power of will. If you want it, go get it, because it is not going to come to you.