I believe in most of us go through a stage where we are unhappy with our bodies and health at one point in our life.
I remember bing stuck in that stage between elementary school and my first two years of college.
I was actually a skinny kid at age 7 or so, but then I was introduced to junk food like Hot Cheetos and Skittles. I got hooked onto chips like any kid would and gained weight unknowingly until my parents pointed it out.
Fast forward to 2012, I tried out for the freshman baseball team at Valencia High School in Placentia, California but I had no confidence and thought I was the weakest on the team and felt embarrassed. That prevented me from trying to actually workout in the weight room.
The same would carry over into my sophomore year when I joined the junior varsity football team. I lacked a lot of confidence and shyed away from asking for help.
My dad even got me a gym membership in 2014 but I would barely go because I had no motivation.
Throughout 2014, I had bad eating habits such as eating cereal at midnight, eating pop tarts everyday after school and drinking a lot of Brisk/Arizona Iced Tea.
It wasn’t until fall 2018 where I literally looked at myself in the mirror and was disgusted with myself. I knew I had to change my habits and for the better of my health.
Luckily, a new gym opened up within 10 minutes of walking distance. I wouldn’t go everyday, but modrately I would workout and start being more active.
But in 2019, I turned it up a notch to see real change. I made a promise to myself to not eat pizza or any fast food.
Eventually, I broke that promise in the summer. Although, I was not eating fast food at an unhealthy rate.
I finally bought a scale to see how much I truly weigh and I weighed in at 236 with not much muscle mass. I had pure fat on my arm. As time progressed, I restricted myself to eating high protein sourced food items such as meat, chicken and smoothies/smoothie bowls.
As for the gym, I would work out my muscles, whether arms, back, or leg day, for 45 minutes to an hour and finish with 30 minutes to an hour of cardio and a few sets of sit ups and push ups. I would go 4 or 5 times a week.
What also helped are the 10 to 20 minute walks I would take outside of the gym.
I didn’t notice it at first, but my family, friends and my girlfriend at the time started to compliment me and told me I look thinner and that the results are starting to show.
I weighed myself once a week I would drop 1 to 3 pounds a week on average. My goal I had in mind was 165 lbs.
It was such a motivational boost when when I got under the 200 lb threshold. It made me wish I had done this sooner.
As I was going to the gym often feeling like I got stronger, I got a strong cough and headache that lasted for a few days. I remember this is right before the novel Coronavirus situation got really serious.
By the time I got the chance to go to the gym after feeling better, the gyms were closed down due to the newly announced pandemic at the time.
I ended up purchasing a 10 lb ad 25 lb dumbbell to use at home and play basketball at a nearby park every Friday to stay conditioned.
The gyms eventually opened back up in May so of course I took the chance to workout.
But a couple weeks later, I tested positive for Coronavirus.
So what did I do during my two week quarantine? I put my dumbbells to use.
Throughout the year, I felt lighter and don’t look fat like I did to start off 2019.
I randomly weighed myself a couple months ago and I finally got to my goal, 165 lbs. I was so happy to meet my goal. But I kew I am not finished yet.
I looked at myself in the mirror and realized I didn’t add any muscle to my arms or legs. So now my next goal is to build on muscle mass.
The last time I weighed myself, I was 168 so I hope the 3 lb increase is from muscle weight.
It might be cliche but there is no other way to get the results you want. Just like Nike says, just do it.