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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.