So I’ll tell you a bit about myself. As you can see from the image above, I am not by any measure considered a small-sized person. To give you a more accurate description of myself, I have never weighed under 200 lbs. since I entered high school, possibly even jr. high. Ever since then the scale has only moved one direction, and unfortunately that direction is up. However, I don’t want to deceive anyone out there either and say that all the weight I gained was fat. The truth is, high school sports has given me the chance to appreciate and enjoy weight training and rigorous physical activity. It was in those years that I have probably gained the most muscle in my entire life. I was probably the most fit thus far. However, even at the peak of my physique, I was still considered big, fat, obese and every overweight synonym in the dictionary.
As the years passed by, my weight fluctuated up and down pending on how serious I was with my diet and activity. I think my absolute worst was during college when I had no time to eat a proper diet or have time for an exercise routine. At one point, I began to feel pains in my shoulders and chest for no reason. Upon researching this, I found out that I had poor blood circulation and possibly be early signs of a pending heart attack. Without any hesitation, I got myself in gear and began to watch what I ate. I even got a gym membership AND USED IT.
After 6-8 months of rigorous exercising and a major shift in my diet, the shoulder and chest pains completely disappeared. I even dropped so much weight that I was actually down to what I weighed in high school. Not many people have that kind of success but I sure impressed myself. With all this success you would think I would be on cruise control into a healthier lifestyle, but that was not the case. Pretty much life took it's course and I found myself short on time again.
At this point in my life, I was already out of college and living on my own. You would think that I would have a lot more time to myself; but that wasn't the case. Here’s a little sample of my daily schedule:
- 6:00 am – Morning routine (take care of dogs, shower, pack lunch, etc). I try to wake up earlier but we all know how hard it is to do that.
- 6:30 - 7 am – Trying to leave for work. Due to morning traffic, it's best to leave as early as possible.
- 8 am – Work (I live and work in Southern California and YES, it takes me an average of one hour and has even gone up to three hours to get to OR from work. Not round trip)
- 5 - 7 pm – Get back home (depending on how late I get to work, it will affect how early/late I get off work and get home fighting rush hour traffic which has taken upwards of three hours at times)
- 7 pm - 12 am – Nightly duties (take care of dogs, dinner, chores, work on side projects, life, etc…)
Rise and repeat…
As you can see by this very basic description of my schedule, it is hard to find time to exercise, and even less time to create a balanced diet. I know that the real secret behind losing weight isn't a miracle potion, magic pills, secret exercise boot camps or hours in the gym. It’s to have a proper diet and nutrition. There isn't a diet or exercise program in the world that will help you lose a pound if you don’t watch what you put in your body. This is where Dr. Wallach, Youngevity and the Healthy Body Challenge comes in. I know that physical exercise was never my downfall; however, proper nutrition has always been my nemesis.
I don’t blame anyone for my lifestyle and why I’m the way I am. I don’t blame the food industry, the medical industry or the fitness industry. My actions are my own and I take full responsibility for it. That’s why I made this website. I wanted to put myself out on the internet in hopes that I will finally achieve my personal goal of being healthy and perhaps even inspire others to do so as well. I’m not some ex-fitness guy who has gained weight and will magically transform into the fit body I once had. I’m not some guy trying to sell you a magic pill to dissolve fat. I’m that big guy that you all know that has always been big. I wanted to share my real life experience of how I struggled to lose weight my entire life from my early childhood years to today.
It doesn’t matter if it’s by the inspirations of supporters or criticisms of the haters, I will use it all to fuel my goal to a healthy body and mind. I’m not only doing this for myself, but for my wife, my friends, my mother, my sisters and when that day comes, my future kids. If that’s not enough of a motivating factor, then I don’t know what is.