By: Danny M.
I've always been a big guy.
In high school, I was 6'6 by my Senior year with 315-325lbs on me.
It was all good because I was active. I played lacrosse, rugby and football. I could eat whatever I wanted without worrying about what it would do to my health and physique.
Then it all changed.
In college, I started to get lazy. I never worked out. But I continued eating like crap.
I would drink about three 2-liter Coca-Colas a day. I would order delivery for lunch and dinner about 4-6 times a week. As my bad habits continued, my weight crept up to the point I felt my full-potential slipping away. You see, I still loved the thought of fitness.
I would watch videos of heavy lifters such as CT Fletcher and Mike O'Hearn (now a huge idol of mine) get after it. It would be super inspiring but I felt I could never step up to the plate like those guys.
I kept on down this path, always wanting to make a change but beating myself up, convincing myself that I couldn't do it.
This time last year I was 420lbs, 56XL Jacket, 46" Waist, XXXL shirt with a 21" neck. Today, I am 234lbs, lean muscle, in the gym twice a day and am no longer taking medications for sleep or depression.
In October of 2016, I paid a visit to the doctor–something I had been avoiding because I knew he would make me face the truth...and he did.
I found out that I reached a whopping 420lbs.
Needless to say, my weight was causing health problems. I was prescribed Hydroxyzine for sleep, Lexapro for depression and on top of that, I was facing high cholesterol–looking down the barrel of Type 2 Diabetes.
You would think that hearing about how my weight was diminishing my health would scare me straight, but it didn't. I continued on the path, medications in hand, further masking the real problem.
Shortly after, I moved from Georgetown, D.C. to the East Village in NYC to pursue acting, film and standup for several months. To be honest, I was barely scraping by, only being able to afford food for 1-2 days out of the week. Inevitably, this caused me to drop some of the weight I had been carrying.
When I came back to Kensington, MD in February, I weighed in at 350-360lbs. My friends told me I looked great! But that's because they were used to my size, so 60-70lbs off at that point meant I lost some neck fat.
Once I was settled in back at home, I began taking my fitness seriously.
First, it was walking. Then I graduated to running.
Then before long, I was signing up for 5K/8K/10Ks. I dropped weight but at a certain point, I needed more to really see the results I wanted. I decided to join LA Fitness in Rockville, MD.
As I started getting more and more into the gym, lifting and incorporating other modes of fitness into my regimen, my buddy turned me on to Cellucor, specifically, C4. It really helped me get energized and psyched for the gym, last longer in the gym and helped my cardio out a lot.
I'm only 26 years old. I have a lot left to accomplish. But it's crazy to think this time last year, I was 420lbs, 56XL Jacket, 46" Waist, XXXL shirt with a 21" neck.
Today, I am 234lbs, lean muscle, in the gym twice a day and am no longer taking medications for sleep or depression.
I am now a Large shirt, 34" waist, 44XL Jacket, with a 17" neck.
How did I make it through this weight loss journey?
I knew my potential (I kept hearing it from my friends and family when I put on the weight) and I knew deep down what I was capable of. I didn’t look at the situation as “the end of the world” but as a fun challenge that I could tweak here and there as far as what to eat, what not to eat, cycling fats/carbs properly so I didn’t shock my body into a “crash” state.
Openly telling people about my weight loss helped too because I got my friends who were looking for the same results, to assist in workouts. I guess you could say I just have a really good training camp!
Where I am now on my journey
I am right at the level I want to be with my weight. Now, I want to increase muscle and improve my performance! I will continue to run 5K/8K/10Ks and half-marathons aiming to beat my previous times. My ultimate goal is to run the 30K or 50K in the Moab in March or April.
I know I cannot be lazy anymore, I will not let myself slip back into the mindset that weighed me down!