Desperate Man Loses 36lbs In 12 Weeks

Desperate Man Loses 36lbs In 12 Weeks

Posted on 17. Jun, 2013 by in Archived Post

That desperate man was, and still is……..me.

Background
During my teens years, I struggled to put on any weight. Year after year, I was considered the skinniest kid in my class. If you saw my childhood pictures, you would have thought I was an underweight, gaunt, bony, scraggly, lanky, meager, emaciated, half-starved, undernourished, hallow-cheeked, shrunken praying mantis. In other words, I was the purest form of a “Slim Jim”. Funny thing is, my buddy at the time was a short, overweight kid, so whenever we hung out, our classmates would call us “spaghetti and meatballs”.ย  Wasn’t funny then, but I get a kick out of it now. During my junior and senior years in high school, I was 5’11” and averaged 165lbs.

In college, I was finally able to add some muscle mass and get to 190lbs due to some intense weightlifting. I was in the best shape of my life…..I mean, I’ve never felt that good. I’m telling you, that feeling transferred to my psyche, I had that bounce in my step and felt confident in whatever I was doing.

I kept in shape for several years…..until I turned 37. My job, at that time, involved me working on my computer and participating in conference calls for what seemed to be 24/7. No time for family, no time for working out, no time for anything outside of work. At least that what I thought. From 37 to 41, I went from 210lbs to 252lbs. When I looked in the mirror, it didn’t appear to me that I put on a single pound. My clothes said otherwise as they were stretched to the limit. I don’t know how many times I split my pants over those four years. I was known as “Mr. Splitty Pants”. So, I started buying larger pants…my waistline went from a 32 to a 40. XXL became the norm for my shirt size. My health started feeling the effects of being overweight….my blood pressure started going up and hit a high of 145/93 and it averaged 140/90 which, I believe, was borderline high blood pressure. It would be easy for me to blame my weight gain solely on the job, but I know that’s not true. It would be easy for me to blame it on the lack of time I had, but that’s not true either. It would be easy to blame “this or that”, but…….the blame starts with me. My mindset at that time was to blame. Again, at first I thought there was nothing wrong with me as if I didn’t gain a pound. Then, once I realized I was getting big, my thoughts turned to “it would take too long to lose this weight”. I started using everything as an excuse to not exercise….I mean everything…the clouds…the sun….the wind…the kids…the lack of workout clothes…the pollen…the smog…the noisy birds, etc..

What Caused The Turnaround
I’m not sure….I was talking to one of my coworkers and he told me that his department was having a 12-week “Biggest Loser” competition. I have no idea why I decided to participate (maybe it was my competitive spirit kicking in), but I did even though the competition started two weeks earlier and others had already lost 10+ pounds.

How Did I Do It?
I had no clue as to how I was going to lose the weight, but i spoke to someone on the team and he said to not make it complicated. Keep it simple:

  1. Keep my daily calorie count around 1600
  2. Drink plenty of water
  3. Speed walk/Jog at least 2 miles a day

I did exactly that the first week and lost 4lbs. The above “program” was difficult to maintain the first couple of weeks, but once I saw the results, I was amazed and inspired to continue. I couldn’t wait for our weekly weigh-ins as I could feel the pounds dropping off of me. From 252 to 248 to 245 to 241…..all the way down to 216 as of today. The “program” has become a lifestyle for me now. I’m used to it and look forward to jogging everyday (almost everyday). Sure, I eat plenty of salads, fruits and vegetables, but I also splurge on Sundays (meaning I have my Baumhowers’ wings and banana pudding to look forward to throughout the week).

It works for me….I hope this encourages someone that is struggling with their weight. You can lose it and have a little fun doing it. Don’t make it complicated….find a program that works best for you and make it a lifestyle. As with any program, check you your physician first. I want you to “Love yourself to good health”….

Nearly 252lbs in the picture below (I hid it well):

Big Dave

I was 223lbs in the picture below:

me

 

17 Responses to “Desperate Man Loses 36lbs In 12 Weeks”

  1. Vahn Cross

    17. Jun, 2013

    As a nurse, I know it takes a great amount of work to lose weight. But I’ve learned through the years that you don’t need to starve yourself to get fit. What you need is to become motivated! Great job Dave! Keep it up! And don’t forget to have cheat days too. You need to have cake, ice cream and bacon from time to time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      17. Jun, 2013

      Thanks, Vahn Cross….you’re right. You don’t need to starve yourself. You can be committed to what you need to do and have a little fun (cheat days) at the same time.

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      • VahnCross

        18. Jun, 2013

        Exactly. I find it funny some people even starve themselves or go on very punishing diets just to get thinner. Though they don’t even bother to exercise.

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  2. Sky

    17. Jun, 2013

    Congrats! That takes an incredible amount of determination and motivation. As someone constantly struggling with similar issues, I know.

    Curious – do you feel that getting into a healthy lifestyle as helped you in your business at all? Such as in your focus, concentration, or motivation?

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      17. Jun, 2013

      Thanks, Sky. You know, I feel that transitioning to a healthy lifestyle has impacted my business in the sense that I have more energy to get things done….I definitely have more energy now that I did a few months ago. I don’t burnout as early in the day as I use to….I feel good. Sky, you can do it, too. Once you make up your mind to do it and you find a program/lifestyle that fits you…it’ll get done.

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      • Sky

        18. Jun, 2013

        Thanks, it definitely is all about finding a program that fits. I definitely agree with you on having more energy – when I have green smoothies for breakfast and incorporate walks/runs into my day, I have much more energy and a higher level of concentration to get things done as well.

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  3. James

    18. Jun, 2013

    Once again, an inspiring post. I too use all of those excuses to avoid exercising. Maybe after reading this I will jump on that treadmill that’s been gathering dust in the corner! Or maybe I’ll do it tomorrow…. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      19. Jun, 2013

      LOL….pull out that treadmill, dust it off and get started. Do it….

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  4. Alissa

    21. Jun, 2013

    You mentioned that you think your competitive nature is what helped jump-start your mission to lose the weight. How to you think someone could use that to build a passive income business? What could I do to make starting my business more of a competition? (I know that all business is essentially a competition for customers, but beyond that)

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  5. SharonJ

    23. Jun, 2013

    It goes to show that having that kind of drive and determination in one aspect of your life will spill into other aspects of your life… It seems like accomplishing something like losing weight would encourage you to accomplish more of your goals… like in your business. Am I correct? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. John

    09. Jul, 2013

    Rick

    Perseverance and Determination is much needed trait in business to spring back from set backs.

    Dave, you mentioned you started feeling good about yourself when you put on weight while you were in college. Trust me ,feeling good and confident about your business and yourself will go a long way in facing up to the challenges business throws at you.

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  7. Rebecca

    13. Jul, 2013

    I too am on the weightloss journey. i’ve found using the calorie-counter ap on the Iphone to be really helpful as it keeps me in check, lets me know how much energy is in what I’m ingesting (I’m constantly surprised by how certain food items can be so much over/under what I thought they’d be.

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      14. Jul, 2013

      You know, I’m gonna add that app to my iPhone as well…..good suggestion.

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  8. nomansalehzada

    16. Jul, 2013

    Excited to see your teen pictures as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. John

    19. Aug, 2013

    Way to go Dave! The first 2 weeks are the toughest!

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      22. Aug, 2013

      No doubt….it was a major struggle, but once those two weeks passed, I was on “cruise control”.

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