Hi, my name is John. I work as the Administrative Assistant at Comprehensive Clinical Services. I want to tell my incredible weight loss story. Eight months ago I weighed 310 lbs. Now I weigh 149lbs! I lost 161 lbs.
Needless to say, I’ve had a huge makeover. My friends and family don’t even recognize me. So you’re probably wondering how I did it, right? Well it’s simple, diet and exercise. “What kind of diet or exercise,” you may ask. Well, I followed the Atkins Diet. I know many doctors don’t recommend this diet, but from experience, it’s amazing! It’s a diet that doesn’t feel like a diet. You eat a lot of meat, which leaves you feeling full all the time. My breakfast usually consists of sausage links and 2 scrambled eggs and a glass of skim milk. For lunch I usually eat salads or eat a banana or an apple. Then, for dinner I would eat a lot of slices of turkey, smoked sausage and chicken breasts. I drink a lot of water plus 1 glass of diet coke for dinner.
My workout regimen consists of 50 minutes on the treadmill. When I started working out, I walked about 30 to 45 minutes at speeds between 1.5 and 2.5 mph. I would be drenched with sweat. I would gradually increase these speeds. Currently I run 5 miles a day after work. I vary my speeds from 3.5 mph, warm-up, to max on the treadill, 10 mph. My motto is, “every day you don’t exercise is a day wasted.” This has helped me lose weight very fast.
While I was dieting, people would always tell me not to check the scale every day. “Check once a week.” But I ignored that advice. I checked my weight at least 3 times a day. I would first check myself in the morning, then before I workedout(which was around 7:45PM, and then later on before bedtime. I would write down these numbers in my notebook so as to see how I was doing. Results would vary on a daily basis. Some days I would lose one pound. Some days I would lose a half pound. There were also days when I would loose no weight. But the key was not to let that discourage me from the ultimate goal.
Before I started this diet, I had very high blood pressure and borderline diabetes. I’m happy to report my blood pressure and my blood sugar levels are normal. This transformation hasn’t only changed how I look, but has also changed how I feel about myself. Before I was depressed and felt worthless. I would avoid eye contact with people for fear I would see the look of disgust in their faces.
As I look back, I realize I’ve come a long way. Up until my dramatic weight loss, I had only known myself as an morbidly obese person. Today, I’m a new man. Anywhere I go, I feel more confident, more energetic, more zest for life. I feel younger. I’m more assertive when I talk to people. It’s an amazing feeling. My advice to anybody who wants to lose weight is never give up. Trust me, if I can do it, anybody can do it.
Please send me your thoughts as I would be happy to support others on their journey toward healthier and happier living. As the saying goes, “Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”