From a young age I was never as active as I could of been. While friends liked to go out riding their bicycles, play basketball and run around from dusk till dawn, I would find myself sitting on the couch watching hours upon hours of TV and playing video games. I never believed my weight would become a major issue until one day, I woke up around aged fourteen and began walking to the bus stop (which was around 100 yards away from my house). I found myself completely out of breath by the time I got there, and it was then I realized how abnormal this is, and I wanted to do something about it.
I had been oblivious to how much my weight had ballooned because it’s such a gradual process and it really does sneak up on you. So what did I do? I decided to tell my parents I wanted to make a change for the better, I no longer wanted to be the one being picked last for sports, I wanted to make the most out of my short time here on earth and believed having a healthy body is essential for this.
So I began by swimming, just a few lengths at a time weekly which in turn led to getting fitter to be able to go multiple times per week and increase the number of lengths from a few to ten to twenty and so on. By doing this I gradually lost a lot of weight even when my diet wasn’t in check. However, at that moment in time, any improvement boosted my morale massively, and pushed me on to train more.
The next step I took was to buy some gym equipment, starting with an exercise bike and a boxing punch bag. I would train on this maybe twice a week alongside swimming and saw great results. I had some doubts along the way, but I realized the more I trained, the more I got a buzz from it and felt it reduced stress quite a lot. Even more reason for me to push through the bad times.
So fast forward to today, and I have my own home gym with all the free weights and cardio machines and I have managed to lose a total of 80 pounds so far. Something that may not be a large amount for some. But for me, I saw a massive improvement, in how I look and how I carry myself on a day to day basis. And it was certainly worth the effort. There are tons of success stories out the like this one: I was morbidly obese. I found these were extremely helpful and kept me determined to reach my goals, no matter how far away they seemed.