Category Archives: Weight-Loss Success Story
Much thanks to my friend Nena for sharing her weight-loss story. Much appreciated.
I can say for myself that I attract pounds like magnet…
When I was able to rekindle the relationship with myslef all other aspects of my life improved dramatically.
And how to start changing things? It is important not to remain passive. Don’t look for excuses because they will only keep you from getting to your desired weight. And don’t lie to yourself. Lying can be devastating not only where weight-loss is concerned, but in all aspects of life.
The hardest part of getting into the proper mindset to lose weight is taking the first step. It takes the most will, which is why it is the most important. Take control of your destiny and become an active force in your own live.
If you’re reading this, you are already taking the first step and being prepared to change. Don’t miss this opportunity! Don’t live in denial! Get the motivational coach. He will help you establish the steps necessary to set, reach, achieve and optimize your personal best, to be all you want to be and to reach your goals.
Motivational coach will stand by you and be there for you every step of the way, but you are the one who has to apply changes to your life. I found out that getting change is easier with the helping hand. Besides your success is coach success.
You have the right to feel good and comfortable in your own skin….I do…in my NEW one.
Much thanks to my friend Matej who shared his ups and downs of finding a healthy living plan that works. I hope his story will provide you with the motivation to make the changes that will make your life healthier and more satisfied.
Anita and I met at the gym where we occasionally said hello and then hit one of the cardio machines that help you get rid of extra pounds, and where you can (in my case) gain at little bit of muscles. Sometimes we were »suffering« with a small group of people doing the Crossfit. Working out in a small gym makes it impossible to hide from anyone, least of all from the trainer who is making you push it to the limits.
Anyway, when you workout in the same gym for some time, you mostly meet the same people. You know their faces, but personally you don’t know any of them. While exercising you got to know their habits and you can almost anticipate what movement they are going to do next, yet they still remain merely casual acquaintances.
This is how my friendship with Anita started. We would usually run into each other doing the cardio on the Crossramp (our favorite piece of cardio). Anyhow, it just so happened that one day both of Crossramp machines were occupied, so we switched over to the elliptical trainer where we established how much less efficient the elliptical trainer is compared to the Crossramp. The next hour went by surprisingly fast, talking mainly about fitness. We talked about persistency and healthy eating habits. We agreed that people usually look for the short cuts, when it comes to eating clean and being persistent in their workout routine. Soon we discovered that we share the same values. I can tell you that one of the best ways to pass time while doing cardio is to be engaged in a conversation. Not having Anita around (which sometimes happens) I find fitness a little bit dull.
The reason I’m writing these lines is because Anita asked me to share my story with all of you who are working hard to lose weight. Since I achieved quite a lot in the past two years, I said “why not”. So this is my story.
As far back as I can remember I was always chubby. When I was in elementary school they called me »Fatso«. However, I was never really fat but chubby enough to often serve as a subject of conversation and mockery. In spite of all that I always seemed to be able to find the way to fit in. I didn’t face any major problems during my adolescent years until girls stepped onto the scene, of course. It was only then that I noticed that I was lacking in the self-confidence department. Having a strong character helped me not to fall into despair and enabled me to find a girlfriend in high school. She later on became my wife and a mother of my now already grown-up daughter.
When my wife and I reached our late 30s we began to lead an unhealthy lifestyle. We were caught up in the same routine, day after day; going to work, getting back home and having an abundant late lunch, spending some quality time with our daughter and going to bed. Despite the fact that my daughter kept me in motion every day, I was gaining weight due to unhealthy eating habits. So slowly I gained 275 pounds.
Losing a job to the circumstances came as a blessing in disguise. This has enabled me to find a job in my hometown, which made it possible for me to walk to work or take a bicycle. This is how I lost 66 pounds in one year, not to mention that I felt much better and gained back some self-confidence. I was also eating less and exercised more but without any plan. So things got monotonous and I was slowly losing motivation which in the end got me off the track. I started to exercise less and began to eat junk food once again in front of the television. I gained 33 pounds and was starting to look like the old me.
Then two years ago I won a 3-month fitness training program under the supervision of professional trainer as a prize on the local radio. The rest is history. Before I started fitness program, my personal trainer took my measurements and asked me what my goals were. At the time I weighed 235 pounds, my BF was 31,3% and I measured 45 inches around my waist.
I was persistent in training for two years. During that time I developed healthy eating habits and eliminated white flour, sugar and trans fats. In short, I’ve completely changed my lifestyle. However, I have to say that my biggest supporter was my partner for which I am incredibly grateful. She was there for me every step of the way, helping me with motivation and menu planning. So after two years of quite straining fitness I weigh 200 pounds, my BF is 18% and my waist is 38 inches.
In the end I would like to say that I didn’t strictly follow all the rules. If I did the results would be much better I suppose. But the one thing I did was being persistent and now I can say that fitness became the way of life for me.
Last but not the least, all this time my partner and I were training Aikido, Japanese martial art, where we also met. I’ve been intensely training over the past five years now and I’m proud to say that my partner and I recently got a black belt.
»If you fall down seven times, get up eight.« Japanese proverb
Need inspiration and motivation to lose weight? Read this true story written by my friend. Much thanks to Svetlana who sent in her motivational weight loss success story.
It all started when I got my period and all my hormones were just spiralling out of control. Eventually I realised I lost all control and food was controlling my life. Like many others in the same situation I was being judged by the public for being overweight, judgmental looks and insulting comments were just a part of my ordinary day. You wouldn’t believe how rude people can be, even adults. I was caught in a vicious circle of bad eating habits and was eating for all the wrong reasons; instead of eating when I was hungry I would eat when I was depressed and sad. One day I had a doctor’s appointment, he checked my blood pressure and I had to face my worst enemy, the scale the ultimate truth teller. I was told that with my 19 years and 220 pounds and extremely high blood pressure, I had to loose weight or I would end up in a hospital. The number was so high and I was so miserable, that my best friend said to me: “Stop whining, if you’re so unhappy and do something!”. At first I was a little mad at her but it did the trick, that whole summer I would run every day. It was hard, and every day I would face and fight my demons and that little voice in my head that was so used of telling me that I couldn’t do it. But every day I could run a minute, two or three longer, my breath wasn’t so bad, I found my pace and I would constantly repeat these words in my head : “I can do it, just a little more, you are almost there”. That summer I lost 44 pounds gained some confidence and discovered that when I was passed the hard part, I actually loved to run.
Right after my weight loss I went to college and managed to maintain the weight, but I discovered that even though I would still run and be active the weight remained the same. After my diploma and moving back home last year I realized I had to completely change my eating habits and that was the biggest challenge ever. A friend gave me a book by Dr. Arthur Agatson, called South Beach diet, and told me to read it before I judged it. I had nothing to lose (but the weight :), so I read the book, loved it, learned a lot of useful information about what a certain food groups does to our body and why do we gain weight. On December 2010, with 180 pounds (82kg) I decided to go on the diet, I survived it, my stomach got smaller, I didn’t crave sugar anymore, I learned to listen to my body again and most importantly I learned how to chose, combine and cook healthier meals. After two months of food organizing I started with fitness.
I started to write a diary of what I was eating, so it could keep me motivated and I could stay on track, I did the same with my workouts. And it was the combination of the right food, with a big amount of cardio workout (manly treadmill and running outside), basic exercises to gain some muscle power (squats, push-ups, sit-ups) and a lot of positive thinking. Time passed and I was so focused and caught up with my workouts, and high on the progress and the strength I gained I wasn’t even focused on the weight anymore.
After five months I could run 20km, without stopping. I learned that the hard workouts gave me, what I was looking to get from food, satisfaction and a lot more: confidence, will power, positive energy and a better way of dealing with my feelings. I learned how to focus my negative and positive feelings and energy and use them as a fuel for my workouts. I lost another 44 pounds (20kg). This was my first time after my childhood that I reached 136 pounds (62kg). I have traveled form an evil XXXL, XL, L, M to a happy S size. I could finally wear pretty stylish clothes and not just those I could fit in, tank tops, shorts, and oh so scary bathing suits that were not so scary anymore!! I learned that I didn’t want to be skinny but fit and healthy. And now even though being fat and losing weight was the hardest thing I ever hade to do I realize, It was a blessing in disguise. Now I know, I am the one who has to love me, I have to believe in my dreams and goals and most importantly I have to change the things that I don’t like in my life.
Now I am working at a local fitness center as a personal trainer, and I am mentoring and motivating a group of girls that are struggling with bad eating habits and want to lose weight and are currently going trough the South Beach diet. Be responsible for your own life, happiness and body and take control. It’s never too late to become, who you were meant to be!