As a high school kid, I had some of the worst eating habits out of anyone I knew. I remember for a couple months, I had the same thing every single day: a double gulp and a cheap hot dog loaded with jalapenos, nacho cheese, and chili. My favorite go to breakfast was the breakfast burger at Carl’s Jr. You could literally say that I was eating shit, but thanks to my highly active lifestyle, never once did anybody think that I needed a change.
In my first few months of college, I quit working out. I wasn’t signed up for the school gym, and plus I’m in college so who cares right? I really made the most out of my newfound freedom, excessive campus meal points, and convenient fact that Denny’s happened to be located 100 feet away from my room. I made a pitstop there almost every night for a single or double cheeseburger with a side of fries. That habit has instilled in me, to this day, an appreciation for a quality cheeseburger.
At that point, I weighed in at 170 pounds with around 25% body fat. I was slightly built, but had a ton of extra flab on me that I had no idea where it came from.
After Winter break passed, I decided that I wanted to jump back on the workout grind. This was the first health conscious decision that I had made for quite a few months. I hit it hard 5 days a week and I hit it quick so I could be out in 45 minutes, and wow did I see phenomenal change. Within a month’s time, I was down 12 pounds in just 28 days.
I noticed a couple changes right away. My energy levels had shot up. I was not only much stronger, but I had this clarity and focus that I wasn’t used to experiencing. I became more aware of both my nutritional decisions as well as my regular activity levels. Best of all, I had shed all those unneeded pounds and really brought out a more toned and defined look that I had only dreamed of before I started.
Now fast forward to now, I’ve dropped over 20 pounds of unwanted body fat and feel more confident and ready to tackle challenges than ever before. If you had asked me before, I never would’ve guessed that I would have gained all this from changing a part of me that seemed so insignificant at the time.
Although this was just the start to my journey, it played a massive role in creating who I am today. So I’ll leave you with a challenge – start today. The majority of people I train share one common problem: they never started. So make that choice to start today, whether it’s in your living room or the office break room, get going now.