My Weight Loss Revolution

((Left: Front pic of me at 277 pounds; Center: Headshot of me at 296 pounds; Right: Profile pic of me at 277 pounds))                                 

I’m on a mission.  I’m on a mission to revolutionize my life!   Over the last few months I’ve made significant changes in my world — physically, spiritually, financially — and I’m shaking things up!   Today I wanted to share with you about my mission to change my health.

I could probably name off a few motivating factors here for taking these steps towards better health (ie: the fact that they don’t make legit fat guy clothes,  amusement park rides aren’t fat guy-friendly, etc) but the bottom line is that I want to a long life and want to be a better leader.  In order to do that I simply MUST get my physical health under control.

So here’s how it all started: 

I stepped on the scales at the beginning of August 2012 and was literally floored by the number that appeared.  My weight was 296!   I could NOT believe my eyes.  I knew something had to change… and quick!

Here’s what steps I took immediately: 

  • I hired a personal trainer and began to discuss my diet.
  • I set a couple of goals:  1) Work out 3-4 times weekly. 2) Lose 100 pounds by June 2013.
  • I cut out sodas. I was drinking no less than a 2-liter per day!

My weight-loss revolution started in August 2012.  Since that time I have been working out with my trainer, William Richards, twice weekly. Additionally, I have a great friend, Daniel Rutherford(pictured below), who has been a huge encouragement to me and also offered me accountability along the way. Since August I have lost 26 pounds with their help!   I’ve got a long way to go but I’ve seen tremendous progress. It wasn’t easy getting started, but the reality that my health was in danger was present in my mind after seeing the big 2-9-6 on the scale. So in my pursuit of a healthier lifestyle I’ve developed a short strategy…

My Strategy — 5 Things I’m Doing Moving Forward: 
  1. Goal Setting – developing goals is important with any strategy.  My strategy for weight-loss calls for goals so I set some!   I set an ultimate goal of losing 100 pounds by June 2013.  My starting weight (August 2012) was 296. My goal is to weigh-in at 196 in June of 2013.
  2. Getting necessary help – I hired a personal trainer to help me get started and consult with me throughout this process.  I also have a brother who is keeping me encouraged and accountable along the way.
  3. Exercise – This is a given. I have worked out with my trainer twice weekly since August. Additionally, I work out with a friend once or twice weekly.  I’m generally more active than I’ve ever been… and I’m hoping to become even more active.
  4. Eating better – I’ve cut out sodas. There’s other things that will soon go too. The key is making wise choices.  I don’t think depriving myself of foods I enjoy is the answer… but discipline and making wise choices is!   Nutrition is key to weight-loss.
  5. Accountability – I decided when I started my own personal weight-loss revolution that I would make it public!  I think accountability is important. Here’s how I’ve made it public: I announced it at my local church, on Twitter (about 15,000 followers at the time), and on Facebook (about 2,200 friends at the time). Since August I have launched a separate twitter account (@shreddedtc) so that my friends could monitor my progress more closely. A part from the public accountability and encouragement, I’ve got the private accountability too.

((Left: Me with my bro, Daniel Rutherford; Right: Pumping iron))

  • http://robshep.com Rob Shepherd

    Proud of you bro!

    • http://www.terracecrawford.com/blog terracecrawford

      Thanks Rob! You’re a beast yourself. One day I’ll run a marathon with you.

      –@terracecrawford

  • http://www.thestrongerlife.com Matt Reeve

    Tarrace – way to go!! Very impressive and great goals. Now lets get the rest of the youth workers on board. Let me know if I can help you in any way.
    ~ Matt

    • http://www.terracecrawford.com/blog terracecrawford

      Thanks Matt!

      –@terracecrawford

  • http://www.forefrontchurch.tv Rod Edwards

    This is AWESOME TC!! Keep it up man your looking great!! Excited to hear the updates, bro.

    • http://www.terracecrawford.com/blog terracecrawford

      Thanks Rob! We need to catch up sometime…

      –@terracecrawford
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  • Amy Drennan

    Super proud of you my brave friend!

    • http://www.terracecrawford.com/blog terracecrawford

      Awh, thanks! Thanks also for helping me stay focused.

      –@terracecrawford
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  • Alison

    Awesome! Great inspiration to others like myself who are on the same journey!

    • http://www.terracecrawford.com/blog terracecrawford

      Thanks! I’ve also been inspired by others.

      –@terracecrawford

  • http://www.terracecrawford.com/blog terracecrawford

    Thanks Aaron! And, I believe you’re right!

    –@terracecrawford

  • Christina

    You are awesome and you are kicking butt! :) So super proud of you!

    • http://www.terracecrawford.com/blog terracecrawford

      Thanks! Love you!

      –@terracecrawford

  • http://www.scottctinman.com Scott Tinman

    I started my own journey back in March 2012 and took a challenge from a friend after running for 1 month to do a #30daychallenge…running everyday for 30 days. Today I just finished my 7th month of #30daychallenges and now just joined with some other Youthworkers in a #100milechallenge to run/jog/walk 100 miles before the end of 2012. It is great to find community among others in getting to a healthy lifestyle and encourage each other via FB Groups, etc. So far to date I have lost over 35lbs and definitely have changed my habits…keep at it!

  • http://kylecorbin.blogspot.com Kyle Corbin

    Don’t know if you’ve joined but considered joining or already joined youthpastordiet.com but think about it. JG is hosting it and I think it could be awesome.
    Kyle Corbin recently posted..Getting Healthy!My Profile

    • http://www.terracecrawford.com/blog terracecrawford

      I’ve heard about it. Sounds really cool!

      –@terracecrawford