August 30, 2012

Obese to Super Fit in One Year

Brian at 345 pounds
Brian at 175 pounds

Thanks much to Brian for submitting his story. Brian weighed 345 pounds in April of last year. Today he weighs 175 pounds! It's an amazing achievement. 


To start off, i can't ever remember where weight wasn't an issue for me. I've always been bigger, overweight, doctors and parents telling me that i should look towards losing weight. For whatever reason, i didn't think it was that serious. 

Even as a bigger kid, i was able to be active in sports, fit myself (and stomach) into desks and chairs, practically living life as a "normal" person. My parents often reminded me that i am still gaining weight and look bigger. Just as every other overweight person who is in denial, i never stepped on a scale unless it was required through something like a physical at the doctor's office. 

The day came that i realized that as much as i tried to fool myself, i could no longer consider my weight as normal. I stepped onto the balance board for Wii Fit, a game designed for people to lose weight, only to come to the conclusion that i was not allowed to play the game because i surpassed the 330lb limit that is designed by the software. Not being able to play a video game, now that is definitely NOT normal. 

This event triggered my journey towards weight loss. In April of 2011, i took the first steps in losing weight by finally addressing the major cause towards my weight, my diet. I began researching and looking and obsessing about how to lose weight, weight loss success stories, and the keys to losing weight. I began to change my diet and starting to seriously start looking at calories, nutrition, and activity. I started pushing myself towards taking things one step at a time with the simple goal of wanting to become "normal". 

At this point in time, i have lost close to 170lbs. I still have some more work to do but a lot of my focus has now shifted towards keeping my fitness up while trying to build muscle and tone up. I want to continue to challenge myself, continue to push myself in doing things i never dreamed of doing, leading me to make the decision to challenge myself through entering a half marathon. 

I recently submitted a brief story about my weight loss story as well as the struggles of one of my closest family members and friends to attack the challenge of this half marathon together. My essay was selected as a finalist and i need some help for people to vote for my essay to make this dream happen! 

Please vote for my essay as it truly means a lot to me! (Update: Essay contest has closed now..)

Thanks!

 

11 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow! That is an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah
notaneffingdiet.blogspot.com

Joe said...

Congratulations. That is impressive!

Venessa said...

I am actually speechless after seeing his transformation. I can't guess his excitement after this weight loss. Congrats to him!!

Brian Hamilton said...

Thank you guys so much! Today is the last day to vote and I appreciate the support!

myearthian said...

Great, this is really amazing story

stop binge eating said...

It seems like impossible but then it seems like nothing is impossible. Story is impressive

The Weight Loss Blogger said...

A great story and a real inspiration to others. Thanks for posting.

ebestwaystoloseweight.com said...

Obesity is not good for healthy living. This is really inspiring story. I am trying to lose my belly fats and obesity.

Futureshape said...

An absolute inspiration!! Really enjoyed your essay and you most certainly got my vote Brian! Well done and be proud of yourself every single day x

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Andi Anderson said...

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