People are different. We are all unique in our own little ways, and that’s a good thing. Imagine if you went to the beach and everyone had the exact same set of six pack abs or thigh gaps that were all exactly the same width. Not only will the novelty be lost, but it would just be, well, boring. By the way, thigh gaps are so silly, that it’s beyond comprehension why you would want that. But my point is, in the pursuit of fitness, we are often blinded by perfect curves and abs that we forget that fact: We are all different.
Now I don’t know who said that, but I truly believe in it. There are many roads towards being fit and healthy, some are smooth, efficient, but may be long. Some are bumpy, with many turns, and may get you lost from time to time. What I’ve learned from years of working with clients and catering to their needs is that although there may be similarities among them, there will always be differences.
Everyone is unique in a certain way, and everyone has a story. This is why I decided to share the stories of some of my friends and clients, with their permission of course. I hope that by reading their stories, you will see that the road to being fit and healthy may not be an easy one, and may not always lead to the washboard abs and curves that you desire, but that it could lead to something far less shallow, and far more important and lasting.
With that said, Id like you to meet a very special couple who I have had the privilege to work with and see grow from the start of their relationship. Here’s the story of DJ Slick Rick from magic 89.9 and his lovely wife, Doc Ging. Theirs is a journey that went through a lot of bumps before they found their groove and are now fitter and healthier than I’ve ever seen them.
Ging: I suffered a ruptured lumbar disc, 3 years ago for which I had back surgery. Because of it, my physical activities had been limited and I slowly started gaining weight. Then about a year ago, I was diagnosed with essential hypertension and had been on maintenance medicine. I noticed around November/December 2013, my blood pressure was elevated despite taking my meds. I went to my cardio and he said that the rise in BP was likely because I had gained weight and he said that he needed to increase my dosage. I decided that the solution was not to increase meds but to lose the weight. I was 72 kg, the heaviest I have been in 13 years (Before the back surgery, I was between 60 and 62 kg). I was exercising but not consistently and I was pretty much eating anything I wanted.
Slick: I knew I had to start when I was having a hard time picking clothes for me to wear. I also had a hard time running because my knees would hurt. I was 198 pounds & I was on a road to some where I never thought I’d be. Physically & mentally it was tough because with my job & hours.
Ging: I started by cutting back in my daily caloric intake (1200cal/day). I had food prepared and delivered daily, 5 days a week. On weekends, I tried to approximate the food that was delivered to me. I also started walking everyday, my goal was simple – to walk 10,000 steps a day.
The first week was the hardest. I was constantly hungry, had no energy. I felt “unfocused” and weak. What helped was that I wasn’t doing it alone. I was doing it with my husband. We were each other’s support system and whenever one was feeling weak, the other was there to motivate.
I also used a FitBit to record my steps and calories. It was a big help because it gave a goal for each day and it would tell me how I was doing throughout the day, as to how far or close I was to hitting my goals for the day.
Slick: The first week of the Century Tuna Superbods diet was difficult because I cut down on food in take & my good choices became healthy options. The first 10 days was hard. I’d be cranky & hungry but I knew this was something I should have been doing before. Then adding the workout at 360 fitness plus & I felt I was running out of energy. It was really hard but what helped be get thru was Ging, my wife, who was also doing her own program. Also it was good that Sam & Tony were on the same diet.
Ging: After about a month of the food delivery, I invested in a food weighing scale and measuring cups and decided to prepare our own food. I prepare and pack all the meals for the next day worth approx 1200 cal. I added going to 360 Fitness Club 3x a week to my daily walks. It’s no longer a chore once it became part of my daily routine.
Slick: I’m doing food portioning care of the wife who makes my meals for the day. Workout is 3-5 times a week at 360 fitness plus with Ging & Coach Chappy. Power days & cardio days to stay fit. Maintaining the weight is hard & it has to be mind over matter. I try not to eat any fast food. You have to remember if you want a quality body, you have to buy quality food.
Ging: I am now 64 kg and lipid profile is within normal levels. My blood pressure has stabilized and I didn’t need to increase my maintenance medicine. I feel stronger and lighter. And I hardly complain of any back pain.
Slick: I’m floating between 158-160 pounds but I’d want to see if I can get to 155 pounds.
I’m really happy where I am now. It’s always been a battle for me but I think now I know what I should do to keep me healthy for my future.
Ging: Being fit and healthy means I can focus on the more important things in life. I can focus more on my other life goals.
Slick: It’s awesome when people say, “you’ve loss so much weight!” Or “you look much younger now!”
You feel good inside & out.
Ging: There’s no secret. It’s just watching what you eat and making sure you are active. I just made sure that the changes we made were realistic and sustainable (food we can prepare ourselves with ingredients that are affordable and readily available) and our goals were reasonable and attainable (one pound weight loss a week). But I think what made it work for me was the fact that I didn’t do it alone. I realized that by doing it with other people, you have a support system that gives you motivation and encouragement throughout the process.
Slick: Find a workout buddy to help you get thru your lazy days. They can push you when you just wanna sleep or just eat all day.
You need the mindset that it’s not gonna be fast but you are in it for the long haul. You are doing it for yourself , family, friends, & significant other.
Got any Fitspiration stories that you want to share with us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we just might feature it here in the site.
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