Losing 100 Pounds Taught Me Change Starts With This

When my family relocated from New York to Texas, I realized I had ballooned to over 300 lbs.

As a workaholic, I constantly grabbed cookies by the dozen and 12-packs of beer to power late nights and weekends at home.

At home, I’d fix elaborate feasts and dig into half gallons of ice cream because “I earned it.”

One morning, I struggled to tie my shoes, the laces gouging into my swollen ankles. I felt like I had a bowling ball in my lap when I hunched over.

I had flashbacks to recent nightmares about dying young from a heart attack or being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition–leaving my young kids without a father before they turned 10.

That was my wake-up call.

In October 2014, I decided to change:

  • I cleared our kitchen of junk food, meal-prepped healthy lunches, and tracked every calorie and workout in MyFitnessPal. 
  • I limited drinking to 1 light beer every other Saturday, down from a 12-pack nearly daily. 
  • I started going to the gym 5 days a week, mixing HIIT cardio and heavy weights.

 

I lost 100 lbs in a year, keeping it off since (though I’ll admit I’ve lost the last 10 a few times).

Now I:

  • Can see my ankles again (and can tie my shoes effortlessly).
  • Have the energy to work long hours and spend quality time with my kidsrather than dozing off on the couch. 
  • No longer wheeze going up 3 flights of stairs and have the stamina to hit the gym 6-7 days/week. 

 

I gained the confidence to try new challenges as the pounds came off. 

I completed my first Spartan Sprint race in 2015 with just 6 days’ notice, pushing through obstacles I previously didn’t believe I could do.

I’ve now done 2 half-marathons and over 10 Spartan Races, including Sprints, Supers, Beasts, and Trifectas, alongside my kids, who are 9 & 11 (I can keep up with them rather than watching from the sidelines).

I’m now setting my sights on marathons and Iron Mans. I’ve never had this much energy, and my mindset has shifted to abundance rather than despair.

If you get anything from my story, it’s this: you are more capable than you can imagine. But true, lasting change must be tied to something emotional. 

For me, this new chapter was one devoted to my commitment to be there for my family. 

Whenever you think you can’t do something, I urge you to keep challenging yourself. Take it one day at a time, make it measurable, and be ready to make changes and sacrifices. 

Change starts with a single decision. Lasting change is emotionally driven so get in touch with the “why” and never forget it.

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