Something has happened recently that I never even dreamed would happen. In fact, the thought never even occurred to me until last week. I will fill you in, but first I’d like to thank everyone who has followed my weight loss journey and supported me in whatever way they were able to. Many of you have followed me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and cheered me on from afar. I’m told I’ve even inspired some of you to make better choices and to change your life for the better – whether that meant losing weight, ramping up your fitness, or reaching for higher goals to improve your life. Some of you have stood by side and watched my ups and downs and been there for me every step of the way. Some have voiced their support and others have watched silently. Whatever impact I’ve had on your life, I want you to know that you’ve had just as big of an impact on mine. The fact that YOU were watching me is what kept me going. It’s what motivated me to always to do my best. I couldn’t let you down. I couldn’t disappoint you. So my success was really OUR success and for that I am eternally grateful!
As of today I weigh 170 lbs. It has dipped as low as 166 but it seems my reasonably sustainable weight is around 170. That is a whopping 115 lbs down from where I started at 285 lbs just a few short years ago! I have learned a lot in that time about what it takes to change your life – how to lose weight, shred fat, eat clean, and use portion control. I joined the Army National Guard after losing 95 lbs and hit my 100 lb weight loss mark during Basic Training. I then began attending Officer Candidate School (17 month long program through the Guard) and started to slowly realize that something was missing, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
Last week I was pondering why I had been dealing with severe cases of DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. By severe I mean that I would get so sore that I was physically unable to perform – in some cases walking was incredibly painful and in another case, after an upper body workout, I was unable to straighten my left arm for a full week! WHAT on Earth was happening??? Was it just age? Was I doing something wrong?
Eventually I realized that the problem must be linked to some type of nutrition deficiency. Beachbody had just released their new Performance Line so I promptly ordered it and began using their products. The Recharge nightly formula started working wonders for preventing DOMS from happening, but I was still sore. I was taking the Energize pre-workout before my workouts, then drinking the Recover post-workout drink afterwards plus the Recharge before bed. But it still wasn’t enough. Then I started mixing in Creatine with my Recover drink and that helped a bit more. But still I was struggling.
Finally it came to me – I was trying to improve my strength, speed, and overall fitness level while still focusing on losing weight and cutting fat. If you know anything at all about losing weight, you know that doing so requires you to reduce your calorie intake. In addition, I was taking some fat burners I picked up from GNC, thinking that’s what I needed to shed the last 10 lbs I was trying to lose. What that boils down to is that I was not giving my body the proper fuel it needed to sustain the high intensity workouts I was performing. As a result, my body was struggling to recover and forcing me to slow down.
So what was I supposed to do? The army says I am supposed to weigh a maximum of 163 lbs, but I just can’t seem to get down there. The answer finally hit me like a ton of bricks – I need to evolve beyond just trying to lose weight and start focusing on building muscle and improving my strength. To do that requires a whole different mindset, calorie intake, and macro levels. So as of this past Saturday I have embarked on a new journey of getting in tip-top shape and focusing on building muscle. I imagine the rest of that 10 lbs will just disappear soon and I’m already seeing definition I haven’t seen before. I even see abs poking through!
It is my pleasure to announce: I AM DONE LOSING WEIGHT
It may not see like much but given where I started and the internal struggles I’ve faced my entire life over weight, to be able to say, “I’m done losing weight” is an accomplishment in and of itself. It signals the crumbling of the final brick in the wall that was holding me back from being all I want to be. It means I am entering a new phase in my life and the possibilities are limitless! I will finally fully emerge from my cocoon and become something more wonderful than I ever dreamed I could be. Don’t believe me? Just watch me. 😉
I hope you will continue to follow me into my next phase of fitness and I hope you also know I am always here to help you through your own journey! Beachbody has literally saved my life by offering me not only a program and great nutrition, but also by giving me a HUGE network of support via other coaches and customers. It’s not just about some product – it’s about people and ending the trend of obesity. If you need help, PLEASE contact me – I will do anything in my power to help you reach and EXCEED your goals! Thank you again and stay tuned for more exciting updates!