Transformation Tuesday: Gazelle’s Overweight Problems
I'm the lightest I've been in over four years.
When I started the Morning Show here on Fun 107 back in 2014-2015, I wasn't exactly sure what I was getting myself into. I was a solid 250 lbs and in great shape. Now, let's just say that here at the radio station, it's no secret. We get food delivered to us all the time... ALL the time!
Do you know how difficult it is to keep a figure with donuts, pizza, Mexican food, pasta, cakes (for employee birthdays) and everything else under the sun? Answer: Very.
Last year in May, I found myself hitting rock-bottom with a weigh-in of about 301 lbs. The heaviest I have been in my life. With all the "Watch Me Eat" videos, wine/beer tours and Subway cookies at 9 a.m. on the daily, I was on a downward spiral to serious health issues.
I had trouble running, because my knees were buckling under the weight, so I quit trying. My workouts at the gym went from 2-3 hour sessions to 45 minutes, and lastly, I couldn't fit in anything! If you only knew how difficult it is to find pants for a 6'4" person with a 40-42 inch waist, you'd understand the struggle.
As I was checking my daily "Time-Hop" app, a lovely photo of me (see photo on the right above) from one year ago popped up and I was stunned to see how large I had been. It was embarrassing, to say the least.
To make a long story short, I knew I had to make a change, and even though I was working out five days out of the week, it simply wasn't enough to shake off the pounds. Ever heard of the phrase, "You are what you eat"? Yeah, me too... and it was time to start working that wisdom to my advantage, and plug that recipe into my daily food consumption.
I dropped fast food to practice more meal-prepping, and the results were almost instantaneous. The saying was true! Mix in some running and longer gym sessions and I had finally found my routine... a healthy one at that.
One year ago today, I was 301 pounds... today I'm 249. My goal was 250, so I can ride a horse in British Columbia through the mountainous woods, and I'm happy to say that as long as I keep the path straight, I'll be mounting in no time.
Those 50 pounds weren't easy to shake, and this isn't the end, but it's a great story to celebrate "Transformation Tuesday!" As long as I keep progressing onward, the more I push myself to grow and get fit, the healthier my life will be and the more positive I'll feel.
If you've made it this far, then I thank you for taking the time to read my story. Perhaps it'll impact someone out there, anyone at all, who's looking to change who they are for better and enhance themselves towards a healthier lifestyle. Trust me when I say, that if I can lose the weight... you can too.
You got this!