By: Pete Bray
I've always been overweight, a true example of someone who would follow fad diets, fail and go back to my old ways. Then about a year ago, I got a reality check. My Dad passed away suddenly from pulmonary fibrosis. It was a punch to the gut.
I knew I needed to start taking care of myself. But, I wasn't ready to give up my excuses. "I'll start next week" and "I'm just too busy right now" were enough to stop me from addressing my health.
Not long after my Dad's passing, my Mom was diagnosed with cancer and to make it, she needed major surgery. Although the surgery went well, she is still battling her cancer through chemo. She's a fighter and her strength and courage is inspiring. Watching my mother fighting for her health FINALLY got me to make a change that stuck.
Here I am, 4 months later, 66lbs lighter and ready to live the rest of my healthy life. Now that I don't live by my excuses, I decided to sign up for a Spartan Race-- something I've wanted to do for a while. I've set a weight loss goal of 82 lbs which would put me at 215 for race day. I'm 15 lbs from my target weight and feeling motivated to get to it by race day.
My Transformation Gym RoutineI'm currently on my 3rd month at the gym and enjoying every minute of it. My typical gym routine involves weights, weights and more weights. When I do cardio, I'll alternate between cycling (10-25kms) and running (5km). I also have a tire I like to flip and pound on for some HIIT training. Overall, I like to do many types of exercises to keep things fresh and exciting. Nutrition has been the hardest part of my transformation. I've stumbled a few times during holidays. Work stress caused minor eating binges. But with my mind in the right place, I've been able to get back on the horse. The important part is to acknowledge your mistakes and move on without harping on them. Tomorrow is a new day!
My Word of Advice
If I could give a piece of advice to anyone in my position, it would be to give it time and find a gym partner. When I decided to join the gym, I signed up with a friend. Having someone at the gym to help keep you motivated is, in my opinion, essential to the first 3 months or until the gym becomes part of your daily routine. Many people won't give it their all or they will give up within a few weeks due to lack of motivation. Having a buddy system will help tremendously. Also time is important, nothing changes overnight. Stay consistent and keep track of small baby step goals. Things can and will change. When I started the gym, I researched and discovered Cellucor. I absolutely love the BCAAs and the C4 pre-workout.
Current spartan trainee
Current lifestyle changer
Current Cellucor fan