Saturday, December 16, 2017

Starting Over

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~Jim Rohn
If I had two words to describe my life in the last year, they would be ‘starting over.’ One year ago, I was recovering from an emergency appendectomy. Before that, I had taken off a month from work because of depression and anxiety. At that time, I weighed about 240 but after the surgery, I was down to 220. I was not exercising so obviously, the weight loss was due to medical issues and not healthy means.
Still, I was 220. The last time I weighed 220 was in 2010. Then I was a high school basketball coach. Although I was not eating properly, I was active everyday, all year long. In 2012, I started a medicine that one side effect was weight gain. That is when I weighed 240. Still, I was not eating properly and was not being as active, but my weight was stable at 240. I was not happy about that, yet, I did not nothing about it. I accepted it as a by product of the medicine.
So I started buying larger clothes. I wanted to lose the weight so I would try different gyms. I would walk around my neighborhood, sometimes. I even tried to change my diet, at times. Overall, I would try this and that but always ‘fall off the proverbial wagon’ and always start over. I was missing the discipline of consistency.
In 2015, I moved to Atlanta. I immediately joined LA Fitness but soon cancelled my membership. I went to a personal trainer but he proved to be too expensive. I decided to walk around my neighborhood but winter came. When spring showed up, I had lost the desire. I even tried to change my eating habits but would fall back into my old habits of eating quick and eating out. I loved a daily hearty breakfast at Waffle House, just to give an example.
Along came 2016. By summer, I noticed a real change in my clothes. My yearly physical alerted me to a weight gain. I was 250. I had never been that heavy. My physical also told me I was pre-hypertensive and pre-diabetic. My doctor’s recommendation: eat right and lose weight. Duh! Yet, it was easier said than done.
I tried again to eat right but feel back into my old habits. I tried to be active but feel back into my old habits. It was not until September that I realized I actually had fallen into a deep depression. I took a month off from work. Then my surgery and I took another two weeks off from work. By December 2016, I weighed 225. I was content with that size but it was short lived.
2017. I ate poorly. I look back on it and it was ridiculous. Buttered toast. Wendy’s 4 for $4. Sonic. Zesto’s. You get the point. I was not active at all although I have access to a gym in my building. I just ate and ate. I have no reason why. I just ate. By July, I weighed 265. I was officially a heavyweight. I have never been so heavy. Although I became depressed, I wanted to make changes. I researched and found Body By Fadi.
I met with Fadi and enjoyed his energy. He came across as more as a teacher than trainer. I could tell he was interested in my well-being because of his passion for helping people get healthy. I began his 52Fit Course Curriculum. I followed it for a few weeks but I went back to work (my excuse).
Here we are in November and I am still the heaviest I have ever been. Fadi reached out to me to see how he could help. I realized I could not do this alone. On November 1, I met with Fadi. We discussed my fitness and eating goals and how he can help me achieve those goals. So guess what? I am starting over. But this time, I have Fadi by my side. I will keep you posted of my progress. I hope you’ll find inspiration in my journey.
Until next time,

Stay healthy my friends.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fitness Goals

I promise to not overwhelm myself. So for the first week of August, my fitness goals are:

MWF--treadmill, swimming, or rowing


Sunday--Rest my nerves. 

Keep me encouraged as I will you. You'd better work!!!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Numbers Don't Lie

 It's been three weeks since my first post. The ones with the pictures of me in the mirror and my beginning weight.  I've started a walking plan and a kickboxing class. The kickboxing class is awesome.  Excellent cardio and I got a feeling it's going to help me get where I want to be fitness wise.  I started walking on the treadmill and I am up to 45 minutes. 👏🏽  Not bad for someone who walks like a turtle.  I also do workouts in the pool. I know you have to put in the work. And that is my plan. You better work…
 After three weeks, I have seen some inch loss and a few pounds. Here's my chart. The numbers don't lie. And a loss is a loss.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Am I smart?

Earlier this week, I had to record my short term and long term fitness goals.
Short Term Goals:                                                    Long Term Goals:
1. 100oz of water daily in 2 months.                        1. Lose 10 inches waist in 9 months
2. Walk 3 miles in 2 months.                                    2. Less than 200 Ib in 9 months
3. Run a mile in 6 months.                                       3. Still in kickboxing class in a year

Today I committed to the kickboxing class. It was a fun workout. I like the punching and kicking and see it as a great stress reliever. One hundred ounces of water is a lot of aqua. A LOT. According the to experts, I should be drinking more. Still, working on the first day of 100 oz. I am looking for a mile running plan. My diet is still taking a hit but I will do better. It starts now. I have goals. I have to WORK for them.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


SOS normally means a call for help. Could it mean something different?

I'm working with a trainer now. His name is Fadi Malouf, Body by Fadi. He calls it System of Success.
Here's mine:
1. Daily, I will text pictures of my physical activity to my accountability circle
2. My friends have committed to being my '7 circle'
3. I also have to send the pictures of my meals.
4. Should I 'fall of the wagon', once I get back on it, I will blog about it. I believe the vulnerability of this blog will keep me honest.
5. I have a water app that reminds me to drink water every hour. I must follow its lead.
6. I struggle with giving rewards for doing the right things. Rewards are for above and beyond. Still thinking about my rewards.

My system is in place. I do not want to let down my mom and friends. I do not want to let down the people I inspire with this blog. Most importantly, I cannot let me down.
Just keep swimming…