Weight Loss Success Stories - Patrick Lost 95 Pounds
First Name: Patrick
Family Status: Married
Occupation: Personal Fitness Trainer
Hometown: Manhattan, New York
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 95 pounds and 8-10 inches off
Starting Weight: 305 pounds
Current Weight: 210 pounds
Patrick's Weight Loss Story!
About five summers ago I undertook a complete lifestyle
change that saved my life. I joined a local triathlon group called
Simpli Tri. It incorporated the balance between triathlon fitness
and training with eating like a triathlete with the end result to
lose weight and to do a triathlon.
I started this journey as a 45 year old male at 5'10"
and over 300 pounds. Having been an athlete in high school and college
I thought this was a perfect way to lose weight and tap into my
competitive juices again. God knows I couldn't lose the weight any
other way. After college life happened, I slowly gained weight to
the point of ballooning to over 300 pounds.
That first summer I trained, started eating a more balanced diet
and really took to the triathlon lifestyle. I did 3 triathlons that
first year which were all all sprints and I lost about 25 pounds.
I started training all year round and the weight started falling
and the sense of self esteem shot up. The second year I did 2 more
sprints and stepped up my training and did 2 Olympic distances,
the NYC triathlon and St. Anthony's (in Florida) with team in training.
I lost another 25-30 more pounds.
totally addicted to the sport, I started living the life of a triathlete
and started looking the part a bit as well. At this point I lost
about 80 pounds. After the 2008 season was over I looked forward
to the winter to kick my training up yet another notch and see if
I could increase my distance to a half Marathon.
December 27th, 2008 changed my life forever. As I was doing a run
in Central Park, I felt something hit me like a ton of bricks. It
was a feeling of feeling dizzy and light headed. I almost lost conciseness,
not like dehydration or low blood sugar but something I never felt
before. The next thing I know I woke up in the hospital 3 days later
with my wife telling me I had a dissected ascending aorta with an
aneurysm that was ready to explode!
She said that the doctors said that had I not been in the shape
I was in and because I lost all that weight, I wouldn't be here
today. I often think about what if it had happened while I was doing
one of my triathlons, perhaps the swim in Florida or in the Hudson
River. But it didn't happen that way. I had a lot of things go my
way that day. The right jogger asking me if I was all right when
I was on the ground, the right officer, ambulance driver and doctors.
I have had one more elective procedure since December 27th. My
doctors have said I'm fixed now and I am truly blessed to be here.
I am blessed by the unknown factors that lead to my survival and
had it not been for my lifestyle change and my triathlon training,
I believe I wouldn't be here to write to you about my story..
During my recover from my surgeries, I changed my career from a
retail manager to a certified fitness trainer. I think I can be
a good example for others who need to over come physical challenges.
I am now around 210 pounds or so. I am presently recovering from
my second surgery and I'm applying the triathlon experience and
training to my rehab. My doctors have cleared me to eventually get
back into the sport with my ultimate goal of doing an Ironman. But
for now, I'm here staying in shape and wanting to pass it along
with pride to others!
Patrick's Weight Loss Questions & Answers!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
Through my mid 30's into the 40's, pretty much most of the time.
As the years progressed, I became more and more depressed and
unhappy with myself and my weight.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I got to the point where even my big clothing wasn't fitting
anymore. I hated looking in the mirror. I had no energy and felt
extremely lethargic. I had back and knee problems. At my gym,
someone introduced me to a fitness weight loss program that incorporated
triathlons and learning how to eat healthy with the end result
of losing weight and participating in a triathlon.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I had to change my mindset to make fitness a priority. I had
to be aware of my eating habits by recording everything I was
eating and adhering to a balanced diet. I allowed myself to slip
up and not beat myself up about it.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Overcoming the feelings of shame and embarrassment I felt going
into a group fitness program with people who where younger, fitter
and looked better in spandex workout clothing. Working through
the constant internal battle of wanting to give up because of
the deep belief that I was fighting a losing battle that I can
never succeed in this and get healthy.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
About 2 months or so.
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
It's been 5 years. I continue with my balanced diet by eating
a certain amount of grams of carbs, proteins, and fat. I try to
incorporate veggies and fruits. I workout 4-5 times a week balancing
cardio with muscular strength and endurance, as well as flexibility
How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I have more energy. Emotional and physically, I feel much better.
I'm happier in my skin and I have more clothing options. I look
a little better in those spandex workout clothes! Most importantly,
losing weight getting fit and eating healthy SAVED MY LIFE! From
the results of this fitness change and life changing experience,
I've changed careers to be a personal fitness trainer to hopefully
be an example to others and pass on the importance of improved
quality of health, life and functioning in everyday life.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit assisted me in giving me a source of information, ideas
Patrick's Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
I tried to eliminate 150-200 calories a day. 3500 calories is
a pound. Before I knew it, I was down a pound. Find out what type
of nutritional plan can work for you. YOU CAN DO IT!
Weight loss tip #2:
realistic with your goals. Remember if you keep it simple, you're
more apt to enjoy what your doing without feeling overwhelmed.
YOU CAN DO IT !
Weight loss tip #3:
Get the support of your family, friends or others who may be
experiencing the same journey as you. Getting the encouragement
is invaluable. YOU CAN DO IT!
Weight loss tip #4:
Have fun trying to find the right exercise program for you. You
could find a fitness professional who makes you feel comfortable,
a friend or just read up on fitness. Utilizing those resources
will help plan a well rounded fitness and health plan. Try incorporating
muscular strength, endurance, cardio and flexibility. But the
bottom line is find what works for you, make it fun and change
things up. YOU CAN DO IT!
Weight loss tip #5:
I try to get out of my comfort zone in regard to exercise and
nutrition. I allowed myself to have setbacks, I found what I really
enjoyed which made me happy. One workout at a time turned to weeks,
months and now its been 5 years. So just remember, YOU CAN DO
IT because many of us did do it!
Patrick's Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Egg whites, sometimes turkey bacon. Whole wheat toast with jelly,
water, coffee with soy or skim milk.
Turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato on whole wheat or peanut
butter and jelly sandwich with some sort of fruit, water or diet
Some sort of lean protein like chicken, turkey, bison or red
meat (occasionally). Whole wheat pasta or brown rice, veggies
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Cliff bars, peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat, protein drinks,
all sorts of nuts, fruit, low-fat ice cream.
Patrick's Weight Loss Workouts!
1-2 weeks, I do opposing upper body muscle groups and incorporate
a number of core exercises into the workout for 2-3 sets and high
reps. 1-2 days a week I do opposing lower body muscle groups again
incorporating core exercises for 2-3 sets with high reps.
2-4 times a week, I do 2 days of spinning or cycling outside
for 50 minutes to 2 hours. 1 day, I run 30-45 minutes. 1 day,
I swim for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
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