How I Lost 75 Pounds in 2 Years Naturally (Interview)
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
My main motivation for wanting to lose weight was health complications. High blood pressure, type two diabetes and sleep apnea. Another major factor was the birth of my youngest daughter. I knew to have a child would require me to have energy, focus, and overall well-being. There were several other contributing factors as well, such as wanting to be a stellar example to my now adult children of maintaining optimal health as they age. I’ve also always have been very athletic and I wanted to feel that way again.
A big moment was when my wife and I were both circling 300lbs and decided to do a 5k. It was shortly after our daughter was born. Completing that just opened my eyes to what I was capable of when I put my mind to it.
What did you do for exercise when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
My workouts are primarily tri-sets, where I train several different body parts in one set for four sets. Then moving on around the other circuits. I also walk 6-10k steps daily. I weight lift 3 days a week and 2 HIIT sessions a week and treat it like a profession. I train and eat like I’m getting ready for a prize fight or a sports season. Be an athlete, not just someone who wants to lose weight. You’ll move differently, train harder, eat cleaner.
What did you do for nutrition when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
I eat mainly lean meats and veggies – all sorts of veggies. I’ve grown very fond of cauliflower rice. You can make it into some of your favorite dishes like Chinese fried rice, Spanish rice, etc. I also really enjoy Seafood. I eat a lot of salmon, tilapia, and shrimp. I try to never exceed 2000 calories daily.
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Other than training, my lifestyle and profession is fairly sedentary. So I find it unnecessary to go beyond that caloric target. Multivitamin, fish oil, pre and probiotics, magnesium, and zinc.
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How did you stay mentally strong when it was tough? Did you ever give up? How did you recover?
Motivation has its place, but I lean more on discipline. Motivation tends to waiver, but I found that when I am disciplined, I am very consistent. I don’t slip up. When I eat something outside of my eating regime, it is on purpose. I find that taking a mental and physical break is very beneficial on this journey.
The best advice is to learn discipline. Get a solid plan from a reputable source and stick to it. If you fall off the plan… shake it off and keep going.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I use a digital scale for food, FitnessPal for logging food, and a spreadsheet for logging workouts
When did you start to notice progress?
I started noticing after a couple of months in. My belly and love handlers started to go down. My face and lower back is also a tell-tell sign off when I’m losing or gaining.
A big moment was when I first got out of the 30% body fat range. That was big for me being that I was nearly in the forties.
Do you have any fitness “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
I’ve found the most success when I implemented a daily step goal. Walking daily is when I saw the most results.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
Start now. Don’t think about it, because contemplation can lead to months… years. Get on a quality nutrition and workout plan and be disciplined. Don’t live and die by the scale. You will have a love/hate relationship with it. Being frustrated at times, staying off-plan, feeling discouraged, are all part of it the journey. Let motivation propel you, then let discipline and focus take over.
Where can we find more about you?
My fitness and personal IG @mrjonesrising
My fashion blog IG @mrmoodydresser
What are the best fitness Instagram accounts to follow?
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Excellent meal plan. Many inspirational weight loss stories and pictures
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