Before: 320 pounds, December 2008

After: 210 pounds, June 2010

 

 

My name is Marc Burton and I am 47 years old. My weight loss journey began in April of 2008.

I always enjoyed working out for much of my life. I always seemed to be interested in weight training.  Cardio exercise and diet were always an after thought and were never a main component of my daily exercise routine.

I am not quite sure what happened, but by my late 30’s, I stopped working out on a regular basis. Five or six days a week at the gym, soon became two to three days a week at the gym. Then two to three days a week at the gym became one day a week. Soon, working out became a thing of the past.

Food was pretty much the same thing. Good food choices were soon replaced by eating pretty much anything and everything that I wanted and then some. Food portion  control was none existant.

By the time I was in my early 40’s I hated what I saw in the mirror, but I made lots of excusses up not to do anything about it. “I’m too busy with work” or “I’m too busy running the kids around.” or “maybe tomorrow.” , were all excuses that I used. Finally, by December of 2008, I ballooned up to 320 pounds.

There were two events that that were my “epiphany moments”.My first epiphany moment, “No Photos of me!” was a motto of mine anytime someone wanted to take a picture of me at a family get together, holiday party or any social gathering. I guess it was because I could not bear what I looked like in the photographs. Seeing the pictures of my self at 320 pounds were mentally crushing. My second ephiphany momeny was, on a family trip to Southern California where we visited Disneyland and Universal Studios we did the family thing. Our family went on as many rides as we could. The Matterhorn, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Terminator 3-D, Jurassic Park, just to name a few. All of these rides have one thing in common. They are not made for guys who weight 320 pounds! I was miserable. My back hurt, my butt was sore and I felt like a cork stuffed in a champagne bottle. I was literally stuffed in those amusement ride seats. At that moment I knew I had to make a lifestyle change.

In April of 2009, I started dieting. I started with small changes. No junk food. Pepsi, Candy, Potato chips were all off-limits. Pretty soon, after loosing a few pounds I keep my intake of simple carbs, (white bread, pasta, etc.) to a minimum.

After a few months I lost a total of 30 pounds.  Family, friends and co-workers were all complimenting me on my weight loss. Those compliments  and seeing the difference in the mirror and pants sizes, were enough to fuel my motivation to “keep fighting the good fight”.

I started going back to the gym. I did cardio everyday. At first I was riding the stationary bike. Then, a few weeks later, I got up enough nerve to attend a spin class a.k.a. group stationary cycling class. At first I was attending spin class one or two days a week. Then I started going four and five days a week. The pounds started to melt off. Pretty soon I lost 50 pounds. I was down to 270 pounds. I was thrilled. I started fitting back into my old clothes. I wasn’t tired all the time. I felt great about life and about myself.

I was on fire. In addition to doing cardio (spin classes four and five times a week and  using the stepmill the days I didn’t do spin classes), I started doing resistance training in the form of weight lifting. I did resistance training five or six days a week.

My Family, friends, co-workers and fellow “Gym Rats” have all been blown away. By April of 2010, 1 year after starting my weight loss journey, I have lost a total of 110 pounds!

Never in my life have I been in this good of shape. Not even in my teens or early 20’s. I never practiced the four main components of my lifestyle transformation at once, until now. I believe the 4 main components to my lifestyle transformation are: Weight Training, Cardio Training, Diet, and most importantly, Dedication. You have got to concentrate on all four components to make major changes in yourself.

I have made working out and eating clean a major part of my life. I am a self-confessed workout junkie. I enjoy seeing the changes that my body have made and are continuing to make. I made a promised to myself and the ones I love that I never, ever want to go back to the person I was before my weight loss. I challenge myself to be active everyday. I challenge you to achieve your dreams of weight loss and quite saying, “I’m too busy” or “I’m too tired” or “maybe tomorrow”, and do something today, right now. If I can do it at 47 years of age, anyone can!

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