some you may know me or have seen me around town. My family moved here to Weiser in 1994, so I have pretty much lived in Weiser my whole life. I was always the big and quiet kid. Never very outgoing and kind of shy. Just kind of tried to stay to the back of the room or crowd. I was involved in some sports growing up, but would rather have been at the river fishing or playing video games.
At the beginning of the summer of 2013 I was tired of the lifestyle I had become used to. I was unhealthy, overweight and just plain unhappy. It was hard to do any type of activities that took a lot of exertion: this was due to my weight. I was at 420 lbs. I wanted to go hiking, biking, kayaking and ext. So I decided it was up to me to make a change. Walking helped give me some relief from my frustrations. At first it wasn’t very far but soon I noticed I was going farther and at a faster pace. So I started on a juicing diet. This helped me shed about 30 pounds. In January 2014 I went on the MediFast plan and lost a lot of weight in 4 months. Then I went a step farther and tried jogging, but I wasn’t up to that yet.
So I decided to make another change. I purchased a good bike. My sister and her husband DJ bike a lot so I asked them for advice on this purchase. They also do triathlons and sports year round. This seemed to sound kind of fun to me. Biking was hard at first but soon I was going anywhere from 5 miles a day in the beginning and ten by the end of the summer I was biking at least 13 miles per day. I was really enjoying it. Since the weather has changed. and it’s not feasible to bike or walk I have joined the gym and been doing a workout there at least 5 days per week, for about 1 hour per day.
I wanted to do this for myself and knew I had to do it if it was going to get done. It has been a life changer. I had to learn to cook, eat and act differently. I have given up breads and I am trying to give up all processed sugars. I drink no soda of any kind. Water or (low calorie Gatorade during workout only.) I have tried foods that I just knew I hated, but it turned out that I actually liked. I don’t just run and grab some fast food for dinner, I plan ahead and cook. The paleo recipes have been pretty interesting, easy to cook and quite good tasting. Mainly I cook one day a week and make different types of casseroles and freeze them, so I have dinners ready for at least a week. If I do say so myself I am getting pretty good at cooking some really different types of foods. In the log run it has saved me money, eating out really does add up. You should just keep a log of what you spend a month. You will be surprised!
My sister Sara mentioned there was a 5K on Thanksgiving day in Boise, so to challenge myself I told her I wanted to do it. She was happy I was going to try and my younger sister, Kolcie jumped in to support me also. We had a lot of fun and YES I make it to the finish line. I wasn’t the fastest time, but I wasn’t the slowest either. Thanks a bunch to my crazy little sisters! I think I will actually sign up to do some more of these runs; they weren’t as bad as I thought they would, be and with the support of family and friends I know I can do it.
So far I have drooped over 100 lbs. and am down to 320, I am 6ft. 4 in and am continuing to work on losing another 50 lbs After that I will decide what the next goal is. In January I will be starting on a much stricter diet/workout plan, with the holiday’s I knew I would slip up some, but not like I used to. As I said in the beginning I was the quiet shy kid, but thru this adventure I have come out of my shell and am really enjoying life and meeting new people. So when you see me at the gym or as the weather gets better and you see me out walking, jogging or biking wave or come an join me. This has been a hard but very rewarding journey that I will continue to work at.