August 2016 I stepped on a scale while at the lake with my family. Usually I wouldn't have done that but I was feeling really low and really beaten down because for the second year in a row I tried to get up out of the water on my wake-board, and for the second year in a row all I got was sore shoulders, forearms and ego. I weighed in at 280Lbs the heaviest that I have ever been. I remember the feeling I had when I saw that big number between my feet. Ashamed. Completely ashamed at who I had let myself become. I wasn't really ever the person to speak out about my insecurities. I barely even let my wife into that part of my life. She obviously knew that I wasn't where I wanted to be physically. And I'm really thankful that she always supported me no matter the size I was.
Sarah cares a lot about me being around for a long time. She has never nagged me to loose weight or to eat better or anything like that, but she always made it known that her expectation of me was to be healthy enough to live long enough that we would grow old and happy together. She didn't want me to die young.
After we moved to Edmonton the first 2 months being there I unknowingly lost 20lbs. I wasn't really trying to, I still ate fatty foods, big portions, snacked lots and drank coke. But it was significantly less unhealthy food then before, and smaller portions then before. I stepped on the scale in November and saw that I was lighter, but still 260 wasn't where I needed to be. At that point in time I decided to get real with it. Enough was enough and I was going to commit to this weight loss thing.
At first I set out 100% motivated to loose the weight so that Sarah had a good looking husband. I always joked that when people would see us out and about they must be thinking, "He either has a lot of money or a really good sense of humor to have gotten a wife like that!" Sarah usually didn't find that joke to funny and would say something like "oh shut up your handsome." Of course I would dismiss that right away and stick to my version of the story. But I honestly set out saying I'm doing this for her, I'm doing this so she can have a fit husband and Jacob can have a fit father.
It was tough, I went cold turkey into it, no sugar, no carbs, lots of veggies and to my normal standard, a tiny bit of protein. Oh and a ton of water! I love cheese, I love potatoes, I love bread, I love pasta. and I love coke! All of those things had to go.
But as soon as I started to see the results. I knew it was worth it, as soon as the pounds started to fall off week after week noticing a difference in the way my clothes fit, the way I felt, the size of the number between my toes every morning. My motivation changed. Still focused on Sarah and Jacob, but suddenly I was doing it a little bit for me too.
I am an athlete. Always have been. I have been in love with sports my whole life. I've always been pretty good at most every sport I've tried. Even at my biggest I could still manage to hold my own in a basketball game, or hockey, soccer, anything I could still be competitive, but nothing close to what I was able to do when I was in shape. And now that I was getting closer and closer towards being in shape, I could start doing this a little for my own benefit, for my own self.
In the span of a little over 4 months I went from 260lbs to 200lbs. for a total in 6 months 80lbs lost. I haven't been this size in my entire adult life. This is the smallest I've been in Sarah and my entire relationship. I am 20 lbs lighter then when I thankfully convinced her to go on a date with me all those years ago! I haven't felt this good in I don't even know how many years. I can actually wear the clothes that I want to wear, I can play hard with my little boy and not be exhausted after, I can sit on the floor and build Lego with him for longer then a few minuets before my back hurts. And in a couple months when summer hits I am going to get out of the water on my wake-board. and I'm going to love every second of it!
I know that there are lots of people who want to loose weight, or want to change something about themselves whether that be appearance, or career, or anything else you can think of. I want my story of transformation to bring you hope. Hope that you can actually achieve those things you want to. You can be who you want to be. You can 100% get yourself to a healthier place in life, physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually. This isn't just about my appearance, this is about my life. This was a transformation that looks very different on the outside but has had a huge positive impact on every aspect of me as a person, my emotional state, my spiritual health, my physical body, my ability to be a good father and a good husband.
I want you all to succeed in whatever you do. And I want to pray for you to go after the things you know need to change. To choose health and longevity. Sarah and I care about you and love it when you share your success stories with us!
If you want to know a bit more in detail about how I did this and my plan for maintenance please send me a message and I will be happy to let you know all the details!
God Bless my friends!