This is a brief synopsis of the last year and half of my life and brings me to where I am today. Tired of being overweight (297lbs to be exact) and out of breath every time I walked up the stairs I decided to make a change in my life. It also helped that I had recently broke up w. my girlfriend and was about to enter the single scene for the first time in nearly 6 years (extremely scary thought).
I began my path to fitness completing the p90x 90 day challenge; I am not going to lie the first few weeks were tough to get through. It seemed every day I had a million excuses of why I couldn’t get my workout in, however I stayed determined and pushed through. Completed 6 work outs a week for those first 4 weeks. I didn’t even start my dieting and I was already noticing a difference in my body. The second month I really turned up the intensity, inspired by the changes I saw in month one I decided to incorporate some eating changes. For one I gave up soda!!! Still soda free to this day over a year later, it’s amazing how toxic that harmless looking Cherry Coke (my favorite soda of all time) can be. I also began eating more regularly, I was never a breakfast guy and my biggest meal of the day always came around 8pm. So I started eating 3 balanced meals a day (or what I thought at the time was balanced at the time) and replacing that 4pm bag of chips w/ a piece of fruit. Month two flew by and as it did so did my pant sizes. I went from a 44 waist to a 38 by the middle of the 3rd month!!! Being able to physically see the results was all the motivation I needed to order the “Insanity” tapes by beach body (the next step after p90x in the beach body fitness video compilation). All said and done at the end of 3 months I was down from 297lb to 262lb w/ minimal dieting.
Riding high on my horse, my motivation and self-esteem was at an all-time high. Taking a week off between p90x and insanity I decided to come up with a “game plan” for the next 2 months (Insanity is a 60 day challenge). I have always had a strong passion and desire for cooking and creating unique and one of kind dishes. Unfortunately up until this point every dish would include a ton butter, sugar, carbs and just about anything else that was not healthy for you but tasted “ohhh soo good”. It wasn’t until this point that I made the conscience effort to channel my love for cooking into what would become a life changing movement! I suddenly couldn’t stop scouring the internet for healthy recipes and nutrient rich ingredients to incorporate in my meals. My new lifestyle had begun to take shape.
The two months of insanity flew by (they were tough, but fun) and the results were amazing. By the end of the 2nd month I had incorporated running into my daily routine, taking Bella (my 9yr old pit bull I rescued as a puppy) for a light jog every morning. We started slow incorporating light jogs with walking then back to jogging, gradually increasing distance and speed every week. After Insanity was over I was down another 30lbs and weighed in at right around 230lbs. Wearing a size 36 waist and actually fitting into large cloths my confidence was through the roof. I literally felt like I was on top of the world. Little did I know, I had still yet to be introduced to what would become my ultimate passion and addiction!!!
About 3 weeks after completing insanity and just incorporating various styles of training into my everyday life I was looking for something else to get into. It was the weekend of April 28th 2012, one of my very good friends had been telling me about Crossfit for a few weeks and I decided it was time to give it a try, the next morning I woke up, and jogged to Cross fit Shrewsbury about ½ mile from my house. That was it, I was hooked. I signed up immediately for the monthly unlimited membership. My new friend and I would run there and back every day. All of a sudden all my workouts before this looked like shit compared to what we were doing every day at cross fit. The weight started to fly off at such an unbelievable pass, so fast that people were convinced I was using steroids or one of those retarded diet pills. I took it all as complements as I knew the only thing shredding the fat was my unparalleled dedication to fitness. My cooking was also propelled to the next level as well. No longer using breads, wheat’s, dairy or sugar in my recipes I quickly adapted to the Paleo lifestyle. With these minor adaptations food now became fuel for my body. No longer did I feel fatigued or sluggish after a meal instead I was revved up and energized!!!
That brings me to today October 22, 2012, just over a year since my breakup and quest for fitness began. Although I don’t weigh myself nearly as much as I used to (maybe once every 2-3 weeks) last time I weighed in I was down to 185lbs. I am wearing a size 32 waist and medium tops. Never in my life do I ever remember being this size. I have begun to incorporate other fitness related programs into my lifestyle as well. Bikram yoga (yoga done in a 110 degree room w. 80% humidity) has taken my flexibility and mobility to another level enabling me to be more competitive in my daily cross fit WOD’s (workout of the day) and providing the ultimate detox for my body on an almost daily basis. I now workout 2 times a day I start every morning off by hitting the “box” to get my 6am WOD in before work. Then after work I either take Bella for a run in the park, take a hot yoga class or go back to the cross fit box to see if I can beat my time from the morning “wod”. Needless to say fitness and nutrition have completely taken over my life and I love it!!!
Recently inspired by one of the fitness blogs I follow I have decided to start a blog of my own, to help inspire and motivate others to get on the path that took me so long to find!! Follow me as I post my workouts and one of a kind recipe on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact me as I love nothing more than conversing with people that share a common passion as me.