My journey has been something I think. I grew up always being lean, having abs without ever trying. Never having a diet or workout schedule in place. I grew up in the country and was always outside playing, building forts going for hikes and climbing trees. I was heavy into sports. my love is hockey. I started skating when I was two years old and really haven’t stopped since. Playing hockey got me to practice once a week and play a game once a week. more frequently dependant on what time of year it was and who I was playing for at the time.
Fast forward to when I was living out on my own, my diet was null. I ate garbage of whatever I could get a quick fix on. I would go to the convenience store and spend my last dollars on buying chocolate bars. high-calorie snacks. I would go to the grocery store and not know what it was that I was supposed to buy. When I got there I would get myself spaghetti and binge eat on spaghetti until I wasn’t able to move. The days of living on my own and going in and out of homelessness were tough on me. It created a lot of bad habits that I’m still trying to get away from to this day.
When I met my wonderful wife now. I started working at a fast food place called Wendy’s. Wendy’s is by far my favorite fast food restaurant. Sorry, not sorry if I caused you to now have a wendy’s craving. while working there I would take full advantage of their 50% discount. I would have myself a double Baconator with large fries and a large bucket of pop. Over the two years of working there I developed some conditions I”m quite embarrassed about. leaky butt syndrome. I had found myself on multiple occasions on my way home walking, where I would shart myself or have to go and not be able to hold it. I would then need to take my pants off for the remainder of the walk.
After being accepted into nursing school I stopped working at Wendy’s and started into what I call stress eating. the harder nursing school got the more I ate. I eventually ballooned up to 260 lbs. when I was just starting out living on my own. I was 160 with abs. I literally gained 100 lbs without realizing it. something had to be done, but I didn’t know what.
I signed up to my local YMCA that summer and began a routine where I used the rowing machine for 15 minutes and then proceed to the treadmill for 30 minutes. this worked out great and that summer I was down to 215 and feeling great about myself again.
Back at school for the year I ended up stress eating again and again put on weight. This time not as much but I got back up to 240. I developed a love for cycling so I started biking everywhere. I used to do overkill with cardio and even though I put in all this work. My weight would never budge from 210, that’s when I realized you can’t outwork your mouth. I had to figure out how to manage my food, that’s when I went the internet for help.
The idea was pretty simple. Find someone that I wanted to become, the type of body, abs, muscles and all. Figure out what it is that they do, and do that. This had me discover people like Matt Ogus, Furious Pete, the Hodge Twins, and many others. What I figured out is they all had a routine, they stuck to it and produced results. They all had eating plans and calculated their macronutrients.
Upon my search, I stumbled upon a man named Lyle Mcdonald owner of the body recomposition website. Lyle has this brash way of interacting with people. however, his content was amazing. It was scientific and could be backed up with data from many different points. This is when I decided to buy his book and get serious about weight loss. The diet book was called the Extreme Rapid Fatloss Handbook. This diet is what brought me from 248lbs to 178lbs. The diet laid out eating plans that included diet breaks for the mental side of dieting. It was also considered a PSMF diet. Meaning protein sparing modified fast. The diet cut out carbs entirely, up the vegetable intake and had fats at the lowest level possible to maintain sanity and health. If you’re considering a diet and can cope without carbs. I would highly suggest it.
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