Before my transformation my life was a struggle. I dealt with social issues because I wasn't confident enough to attract friends. I was also a very negative person which turned people off. It always seemed like I had to force myself into friend groups and hope people liked me.
I also dealt with health issues like sleep apnea, which in turn made me not want to get out of bed in the mornings because of how tired I felt everyday. I missed a lot of school because of this. I had no passion or drive before my transformation. Life was mediocre.
Please Detail Your Turning Point:
In April I started a new job. I had a co-worker that I could tell went to the gym just by how muscular he was. So one day I asked if I could go with him because I was still having a hard time getting enough sleep without feeling tired (sleep apnea). We started going together about 5 days a week and I started also by making small adjustments to my nutrition.
After about a month I had dropped under 300 lbs for the first time in two years. At this point I was hooked, I started tracking calories and hitting the gym just about 6 days a week.
What Were Your Major Struggles or Challenges?
Food is still to this day a struggle for me. If it is there, I will just keep eating. That's why tracking really worked for me. I also struggled with the thought of loose skin after my weight loss but obesetobeast (a YouTuber) helped me get past that.
Detail Your Workout and Cardio Plan During Your Transformation
I first started with the basic 5 day split, chest, back, arms, shoulder, legs, and then two rest days. I actually only did about 10 min of cardio a day at first because of how big I was. My weight caused cardio to hurt my shins a lot. Later on as I got leaner I moved onto a 6 day split, chest/shoulders, back/arms, and legs two times a week.
I incorporate more cardio to about 30 minutes a day at this point. Steady state cardio that I usually did on a treadmill on incline.
Detail Your Diet/Eating Plan During Your Transformation
At the start I tried low carb, and eating healthier in general. But then I was struggling to eat broccoli and chicken everyday. That's when I discovered IIFYM.
I started tracking calories and started at 2,300 a day, working my way down to 1,800 a day. I ate clean 5 days a week with 2 days where I would fit in a "dirty" snack. Everytime I lost 10lbs I would reward myself with a cheat day.
Detail Your Supplement Plan During Your Transformation
At the start I waisted a lot of money on supplements. I was taking almost everything I could. Now I stick to the basics of protein, creatine, pre-workout, and BCAA's. As well as multivitamin and fish oil.
What Was Your Major Accomplishment, or Major Milestones?
When I met my 100lbs lost goal, it was unbelievable to me. I was so excited, it motivated me to keep going.
Detail Your 3 Biggest Mistakes
- Spending way to much on supplement that I didn't need.
- Only hitting each body part once a week rather then twice.
- Restricting my calories too much for too long.
- That anything is possible if you really choose to fight for it.
- That their is alot of information out there, and the key is to find the facts not opinions.
- That my passion was fitness and health, and helping other people achieve what I have.
One thing I constantly tell people is you have to first want it. If you truly want to change, and you've told yourself that, you're already on track.
Second is find what works for you, not what works for someone else. Stick to the things that people know work, but choose the direction that you enjoy the most.
Lastly never quit. There is going to be bumps along the way but that's OK. IT'S OK TO FAIL. The key is to not let that failure end your journey. Get back up and try again.
My life now is incredibly different. People enjoy my company better, I'm more confident, healthier, and I found my passion in fitness. I'm currently in school for human kinetics and to become a certified personal trainer so I can start helping people change their lives.