Weight Loss Success Stories - Frank Lost 149 Pounds
First Name: Frank
Family Status: Married with kids
Occupation: Self employed
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 149 pounds!
Starting Weight: 332 pounds
Current Weight: 183 pounds
Frank's Weight Loss Story!
Ive been heavy all my life and on January 1,
2006, my life changed forever. My daughters love was reason
enough to motivate myself, 36 years of age (at the time), into dropping
Weighing in at 332 pounds and standing five feet seven
inches tall, I had many health related that included type 2 diabetes,
high blood pressure, sleep apnea (wearing a sleeping appliance)
and sore feet. I was also on medication (six pills a day) and I
knew that something had to done. I wore a pants size of 48 inches
and a neck size of 19 inches. I basically looked like a miniature
Im a self-employed businessman of three businesses
and my stress level was very high. Being busy is not unusual for
me but it was a crazy life. Juggling the businesses, with the kid's
soccer, basketball, swimming and any other sport you can think of,
my life was a walking time bomb.
It all started out on New Years Eve when my
daughter, Marlena, gave me a Happy New Years hug and I remember
her saying, Daddy I cant even put my arms around you.
Why are you so big? I explained to her that I just plain and
simply liked to eat. Being Italian, I loved pasta, homemade
pizza and bread. She didn't really understand why her daddy had
to be that way when most other dads were all in good shape.
I remember visiting my doctor in November of 2005
just before my weight loss journey and explaining to her that I
had sore feet. I asked her what to do? My doctor stated with a faint
voice that I needed to lose weight. I asked her "what did you
say" and she said again that I needed to lose weight. Leaving
my doctors office depressed and embarrassed, I started a few months
later with my weight loss journey.
My journey began with a purchase that saved my life,
a treadmill. On January 2nd, 2006 my journey began. I did an hour
of walking every morning before breakfast. After my workout, I had
Go Lean cereal for breakfast with non-fat milk or egg whites mixed
with oatmeal and a handful of blueberries. I normally had some fruit
for a snack, turkey pita for lunch loaded with vegetables (no mayonnaise
or sauces, just mustard) or a bowl of lentil soup. Then, another
fruit for a snack or some almonds in the afternoon and salmon or
boneless chicken with vegetables and a yam for dinner. Once a week,
normally on Saturday, I cheated. I ate whatever I wanted and this
was my "cheat day" which included a 6" whole wheat
chicken sub sandwich for lunch and for dinner I had chicken fajitas.
Every day, I drank 10 to 12 glasses of water a day
which in my eyes is a very important key to weight loss. After one
month of walking on the treadmill, I was 20 pounds lighter. I started
walking faster and after a few more months, I started running. After
four months, I lost 70 pounds and had gone off all my medication
and did not have diabetes or high blood pressure anymore. My sore
feet had disappeared and the sleep apnea was gone. When the sleep
apnea left me, so did the loud and obnoxious snoring.
I then brought in the weights in my workout routine
about 4 months later to tone up and did some biking along with running
5 to 7 km per day. I would cycle approximately 20 km at night. In
July 2006, my weight fell to 195 pounds. Presently, I am 183 pounds
(as of January 7th, 2011) and have never been so happy in all my
life. To date, I have lost a total of 149 pounds and kept it off!
Food will never control my life again. With a 32-inch waist and
14 1/2 inch neck, I feel like a million dollars.
My motto is mind over mouth. Your mind
controls your eating habits. My health was too important to put
at risk. There is no "magic pill" that will take the weight
off. The weight will come off with hard work, from watching what
you eat and working out on a regular basis. The best feeling in
the world now is when you see someone and they dont recognize
you. You know all your hard work has paid off.
Presently, what I do is just replace the bad foods
with the good foods. So, instead of having three plates of pasta,
I will have a quarter of a plate of whole wheat pasta, piece of
boneless chicken, plate of salad and some vegetables. Every day
(5 days a week) I do 40 minutes of different strenuous cardio routines
and 30-45 minutes of weight training working different muscle groups
daily. I normally take the weekends off to rest my body. Oh yeah
and I still have my cheat days on Saturdays!
I proceeded to go back to my doctors office after
my weight loss without her knowing and was waiting in the examining
room. When the doctor came in to the examining room she stated,
"Can I help you with something?" and I said "Hi it's
me, doctor". She said "Who?" and I said "Its
Frank and guess what, my feet don't hurt anymore". She jumped
out of her chair and said HOLY S@$#. The greatest feeling in the
world is that my doctor never recognized me!
For anyone trying to lose weight, working out is
a great stress reliever. If I found the time to take the weight
off being self employed and having a busy schedule with my kids,
anybody can find the time. There are NO excuses anymore! It only
takes a half an hour to an hour a day and you're on the road to
a new you. Dont forget to drink a lot of water also, which
helps big time. I have managed to keep the weight off for 6 years!
Frank's Weight Loss Questions & Answers!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
When my daughter hugged me and I was 332 pounds.
What made you decide to lose weight?
My daughter inspired me to lose weight.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Food choices, portion control, exercise and a commitment.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
When other people were eating unhealthy foods around me.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do
6 years. I maintain it by sticking to my diet and exercise plan.
How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I feel amazing and I'm off all my pills.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I just found out about ShapeFit.com and the weight
loss stories are very inspirational.
Frank's Weight Loss Tips!
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Drink a lot of water.
Frank's Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Egg whites, oatmeal and blueberries.
Chicken salad with oil and vinegar.
Chicken stir fry.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Apple, banana or orange.
Frank's Weight Loss Workouts!
I work a different part of my body every day when I'm weight
I do a different cardio routine every day.
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