It has been over a month since I wrapped my first reading of the FOUR HOUR BODY by Timothy Ferris and decided to commit to changing my life. It sounds dramatic, but in reality my situation had become ‘dramatic’. In early 2007 (actually first week) I shattered my hand playing softball. Broken bones, dislocations, severed ligaments, the whole nine yards. I had a good surgeon who put my hand back together and I have about 95% use out of it right now. During the prep for surgery my Doctor commented on the fact I was overweight. I was around 275 at the time. He sent me to a cardiac specialist for testing to determine if I could endure surgery. I went through a stress test, and I was cleared for surgery, but the doctor sat me down afterwards. I remember this conversation very clearly.
“Son (he was older than me), I’m clearing you for surgery, but I have to tell you, if you don’t lose weight soon, you’re headed for a heart attack in your mid 30’s. I’m not kidding. You need to do something and do it now.
That was four years ago, and 3 failed major attempts and several failed minor attempts to lose weight. In some ways, I’ve been walking around waiting for the axe to fall.
So, why has it taken me four years to find this level of commitment? I had this conversation recently with my wife as we drove from my parents home for the Easter Holiday. I don’t look at these ‘failed attempts’ as actual failures. They were a four year experiment that produced an opportunity to really understand what I needed to change my life. In this experiment, I never found the right mix of challenge and support in a fitness / diet program. I was close when I trained for Krav Maga, but my lifestyle didn’t seem to mesh with the studios time frames for classes. And I never had the right food component worked in. Some of the diets were too complicated to easily maneuver my chaotic work life. Lastly, and most importantly, I didn’t have the guts to seek out the level of support I really needed. I couldn’t have written this blog four years ago. I was too embarrassed, too ashamed, and I didn’t want the level accountability I needed to make this change in my life.
Now, I have the fitness program: It’s a mix of Boot Camp Training and Four Hour Body work outs.
Now, I have the right nutrition program: Slo-Carb as described in the Four Hour Body.
Now, I have the right support: Brook Purdy from FitHappensla.com, Ed Manfre my 4HB partner in crime, my Boot Campers (who know who they are) and of course and most important, My Wife, Jennifer (who in fairness, has always supported me).
So, here are the results of one month on this program.
Total Pounds lost: 9lbs
Total Inches Lost : 15.5″
Now, I’m not where I wanted to be in terms of weight lost, but when I see how many inches off my body I have lost, I think there’s definitely some play between muscle gain and weight loss.
But here’s some more tangible good news. Saturday I put on a pair of jean shorts I haven’t worn in over two years. I’m working out four to five days a week. Up from the 2 – 3 in November, and up from nearly zero before November. I stopped eating Fast Food, outside of Chipotle. I have a fantastic level of energy, and my emotional states have regulated and I’m happier. I can feel this the most out of all the changes.
I’m not done. Not by a long shot. My target weight right now is 240 (which is 20% fro my previous weight). But I’m getting there, and I’m getting better at this every day. That’s the good news.