This is our story.
I grew up as a tall skinny kid. I was never really interested in
food and eating and I was always the one kid you would find outdoors
playing in the dirt or driving my bike.
I was always very active. I played hockey for most of my young life.
I played sports right up until I got into Junior High School. That
is when I met some pretty bad influences and started smoking and
not playing sports anymore. The fact that I started smoking never
really changed my physical appearance. I was always skinny even
when I got to High School. I weighed 140 - 160 pounds. I used to
wear a size 28 waist jeans. Around grade 12 I met my now wife Christa.
Christa was probably somewhere around 140 - 150 pounds when I met
her. She was a very attractive girl. I was still not really interested
in food at that time. We developed this bad habit of getting Burger
King late at night. Then we started eating meal's and snacking in
the evenings after we had moved in together. I was still fairly
slim and I started to work out doing free weights. I developed some
pretty good muscle mass.
Three years later we had a son named Matthew. After Matthew was
born I came down with mononucleosis or mono for short. I was sick
for a very very long time. For a month straight I could do nothing
but sleep and drink liquids. I didn't gain any weight during this
month, but I did end up quitting smoking because I figured it was
a good time, due to the fact that I could hardly even swallow my
own saliva. I had no desire at all to put a cigarette in my mouth.
It was the many months of recovery that brought on my excessive
weight gain. Christa's weight gain followed her pregnancy. Like
many woman she used the I am pregnant excuse to allow herself to
eat and be just plain lazy. I know this for a fact, because she
admitted to me that it was one of the main reasons for her weight
It took me 6 months to fully recover from mono. By this time I weighed
probably around 230 pounds. Man did I feel bad about myself when
I looked in the mirror. Looking in disgust at my "Spare Tire".
I am so tired of hearing people in society say that a spare tire
on a man is OK. It's not OK.. At least not to me. Think about what
that spare tire is.. It's FAT plain and simple. I never grew up
like that, and I sure as hell did not want to go the rest of my
life looking like that. How many times do you look at an older man
walking down the street with a big gut and say to yourself. "Man
I hope I don't look like that when I get that age". Middle
age spread to me is nothing but older men getting lazy and not exercising
and eating like they should. We place way too much emphasis on eating
and not enough on exercise and being active. I mean I am not the
most active person in the world.. There are many nights that I sit
in front of the TV, but I do exercises at least once a night for
40 minutes. If you want to read about what my workout consists of
click here to take you
to that section of our site.
Let's bring you to the here and now (I am now 29 years old).
For many years I lived with the way I look, but I always felt uncomfortable
feeling this fat around my abdomen. It felt very unnatural. Like
something that didn't belong, but I could never get rid of it.
One day last month I woke up in the morning and looked in the mirror
I suggest you do this.
It may be depressing, but it could be the one eye opener that you
need. Stand in front of the mirror naked and look everywhere on
your body for fat.
I looked at my stomach and saw that horrible spare tire. I looked
at my hips and was disgusted at my loves handles.. My chest was
flabby and my butt had no definition, just some round thing taking
up space in the world.
I decided from that day forward that I was going to change my life
forever. No more, were the days of drinking pop everyday and eating
take out every second day. It's not to say that I don't eat it once
in a while. You have to enjoy yourself sometime, but just don't
I spoke to Christa that evening and we talked about how wonderful
we would feel if both of us were to lose weight. I told Christa
that I would be there with her and we could get up every morning
and exercise. So we pulled out our Tony Little tape and began our
blind trek down the road to looking better. I decided to go online
and find out as much information as possible about health and fitness.
So from that moment on and to this day we work out. I won't go into
detail about how we work out. If you want that info click
here. What I will tell you is that without each others support
we would have given up on working out all together.
Don't get discouraged if you don't have a partner or if your partner
is not supportive..That is why I made this web site, so you can
have a place to come and get support on a daily, weekly, or monthly
Let me give you my opinions on dieting.
These opinions are formed from reading extensive material from
the Internet from very respected health and fitness web sites.
#1 There are no get thin quick schemes.
Most of those lose weight programs that make you live on nothing
and count points etc. do not work. That does not mean that you will
not lose weight, but what that means is that you will lose weight,
but you will put it back on and probably more. I am so disgusted
when I watch commercials for weight loss centers that say how their
customers lost 15 pounds in 7 days. That brings me to my next point.
#2 Losing weight takes time.
Don't expect to lose 15 pounds in 7 days. It will not happen and
if it does it's not fat that you are losing it's muscle and fluids.
Losing weight takes time. You should expect to lose about 2 pounds
a week. That is a healthy weight loss for most people. You should
make losing weight your lifelong goal. Stop trying to lose weight
so you can look good in 2 months for your class reunion. It took
you many years to put that weight on you can't expect to take it
off in weeks.
#3 Never ever starve yourself
This is the one reason that people fail when trying to lose weight.
I never want you to use the word dieting. Dieting is bad. The one
big problem that I had with losing weight, was that I would load
my plate up with huge servings. I was so used to doing that growing
up, but what I forgot was that my metabolism has slowed down since
those days. Lower your portions. NEVER EVER leave the table hungry.
That means your body hasn't gotten enough nutrients.
#4 Eat Healthy
This may be the most important thing that most of us overlook.
You should buy only foods that have the calorie content written
on the package. Actually the governments of Canada and the US should
force food company's to print the nutritional information on each
package. I try to stay below 1500-1600 calories.. Your body needs
at least 1400 calories to do it's everyday bodily function. I will
post everyday what I had to eat so maybe you can compare it and
modify it to your needs.. I don't count my food with measuring cups
etc.. that is just a hassle. I am intelligent enough to know how
much is enough. You just have to think to yourself when you are
dishing it out, how many calories would be in all of this. Eat vegetabless!
Christa hates most vegetabless, so I make a stir fry and she loves
it. Eat fruits they give you vitamins, but don't buy a bag of apples
and eat the whole bag in one night. Some fruits are high in calories.
One 7"-71/2" Banana has 180 Calories. That is quite a
few if you think about it. But don't stop enjoying stuff like that.
If you feel like having a candy bar then buy one, but maybe think
about burning 50-100 more calories on your exercise bike or go another
20 minutes more when you walk for a the rest of the week. You have
to give and take when it comes to losing weight and eating healthier..
For example last night I was getting those big time cravings to
eat something.. So I ate 2 Arrow Root baby cookies (Each Cookie
has 30 Calories) and an apple which has about 60 calories.. This
is very out of sync for my usual routine, so I went an extra 100
calories on our exercise bike for a total of 600 calories burned
I felt better about myself knowing that I took a little, but yet
I gave a little back to my body.
#5 Eat Slow
The other big problem with people is that we are in too much of
a hurry. I don't mean eat like a turtle or whatever, but don't throw
big amounts on your fork and have to open your mouth wide to shovel
it in. Slow down put half of what you normally would on your fork.
This gives your stomach time to relate to your brain when it has
had enough to eat.
#6 Never eat late at night.
In my own personal opinion don't eat past 9. This one is kind of
common sense. You eat something like a sandwich or whatever after
9. You go to bed your body goes into rest mode. What do you think
happens to the calories that you just put in your stomach. Your
body is incapable of burning much of it because it is in rest mode.
So it turns into fat.
#7 Don't drink as much POP/SODA
Pop has about 180 calories per can. I stopped drinking pop completely.
I drink only water now. Christa's big downfall is pop she just can't
cut pop out completely, so she has started drinking 1 or 2 glasses
a day. She hates water so I tell her to drink unsweetened orange
juice. I hated water at first, but I started drinking it and freezing
half a jug so it was very cold and now that is pretty much all I
drink. For GOD sakes don't drink alcohol often. Alcohol is very
very bad for gaining weight. That is why most men have beer guts.
They drink too much alcohol and it gets turned into fat
#8 Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
That is probably the biggest problem with society today. "WE
ARE LAZY" yes I said it and if you don't want to admit it then
you are fooling yourself. If you are overweight I guarantee that
you are most likely lazy. I was lazy for many years and my weight
showed it. I am not talking about getting an expensive pass to a
gym.. I can't even afford that. There are all kinds of alternatives
to suit your needs.. I hate walking.. I am just too lazy to do it.
So we invested in an exercise bike we bought it for $189.00 Canadian
at Wal-Mart (click
here for the model) last time I checked they were $99.97 US.
I mean you probably spent more than that in 2 weeks on take out.
Don't just rely on the bike. It will definitely make you lose weight,
but what happens to someone that loses weight and doesn't tone up
their muscles? They look flabby. That is why we do Tony
Little's Total Body Weight Loss Video. This video is great.
I has beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. There is a little
clock at the bottom of the screen that tells you what level you
are at. 30 seconds of a certain exercise would be beginner and when
you get to that point you can stop. Then when you find that the
beginner is becoming to easy, you move onto the intermediate and
then advanced. It only takes about an hour, but it seems like it's
only minutes after you get into it.
Christa and I push each other every second morning to get up and
do our Tony Little. If you want to eat a chocolate bar then eat
one, but try not to eat one every night. That is where you start
putting the weight on. Have one once a week as a treat day. If you
want to eat take out, do like I do, go to Subway.
Or if you can't go to Subway look
closely at the menus at most fast food places.. Almost all fast
food places have items that are healthier than hamburgers. Oh by
the way!. Stay away from FRIES.
Fries are bad for you. If you have to, just get a burger or better
yet buy something with chicken, but try to get it without the fattening
coating. For instance Wendy's
has a grilled chicken sandwich..
Better yet, come to this web site before you go out. Click
Here to see the Cyberdiets calorie ratings for most of the popular
fast food restaurants
Losing weight has to be something that you are dedicated to long
term. Please do not try to lose weight fast. Make a long term commitment
and you can do it.
This is not one of those web sites where I tell you that I have
a "Six Pack" and I did it in 6 weeks. The reality is that
I started about 4 weeks ago and I am working to slim down and become
more healthy. This web site will give you all the steps that I am
taking to get there. You will see my struggles. I have lost about
10 pounds in the last month, but I look in the mirror and I still
see the fat that I have been working so hard to get rid of. I will
make my 180 pound goal and I will be strong and look good. I am
not trying to look good for other people, well maybe, I am but the
most important person that I am doing this for is me and my self
I wish everyone good look in your life change