Family Status: Single
Starting Weight: 325 pounds
Current Weight: 215 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 110 pounds and counting! Shirt size: XXL (before), L (after) Pant size: 44 (before), 34 (after) Neck size: 18 1/2 (before), 15 1/2 (after) Suit size: 54 (before), 42 (after).
Paul’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I had been overweight for my entire life, but I gained 100 pounds in a 2-year period starting my senior year of college. That’s when the problem grew out of control and I became unhappy with myself.
What made you decide to lose weight?
My stepfather had recently lost 50+ pounds and was pre-diabetic. He had a minor heart attack and the doctor said it would have been major if not for the weight loss. That scared the heck out of me! For the first time in my life, I wanted to see what I could accomplish when I was my “best self”. I decided to face my weight gain, own it and lose it!
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I followed the paleo eating template by cutting carbs and sugar. I stopped eating fast food and drinking soda. I exercised regularly for the first time in my life. I worked out at the gym 3-4 days per week and ran multiple times per week. I gained the willpower to say “no” and keep myself on the right path.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
I was addicted to fast food, and even now it’s still my biggest challenge. Driving past those places and avoiding their awful food has gotten much easier, but every now and then the cravings still emerge. It’s tough because food addiction is a real problem.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I lost 20 pounds in 4 months and could tell an immediate difference in my energy level and my neck size.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
I lost 110 pounds in 17 months. Of that, I lost 90 pounds in the final 9 months (that’s when I got serious)!
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I have maintained but it’s been a struggle. I went 3-4 months of just plateauing and not making progress. Keeping up the motivation is difficult at times. But since then I’ve got that fire again and that’s the most important part! Keep that goal in mind, remember how far you’ve come and make this your new lifestyle.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
New fitness challenges and personal weight loss goals still motivate me. I want to weigh under 200 pounds for the first time. I am training for a half marathon. I want to see my abs one day! Success in the gym gives you physical goals that are now achievable, so that keeps you motivated.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
My confidence, energy and motivation are at an all-time high! I’m getting more attention from girls, which is always a plus! I am the most productive that I’ve ever been, which includes improved study and work habits. I made a career change and it wouldn’t have been possible without the weight loss. It truly changed my life!
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
All you have to do is start. Ease yourself into it and don’t do anything crazy or drastic. It’s all about doing things that are sustainable for the long-term. Fortunately, it’s easy to lose a quick 20-30 pounds when you are big. Then the fun continues from there. Just do it!
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I read a few of ShapeFit’s motivational weight loss stories and they really inspired me. Great site!
Paul’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Cut out carbs and sugars. Paleo eating is a great way to start.
Weight loss tip #2:
Eat healthy and fresh foods. Have fun with cooking!
Weight loss tip #3:
Get active! Find exercises or cardio that you enjoy doing and that will make it fun for you.
Weight loss tip #4:
Enjoy the difficulty of it. You’re doing something that most people can’t. Be proud of yourself and keep your end-goal in focus!
Weight loss tip #5:
Don’t beat yourself when you screw up. We all have bad days. Just be sure to make up for it the next day. This is a long journey and you’ll get there with consistency.
Paul’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Scrambled eggs, bacon and coffee.
Grilled chicken or fish, broccoli or Brussels sprouts, quinoa or brown rice, hot tea.
No carbs or sugar! I typically eat meat and veggies in a normal portion size.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Peanuts, almonds, turkey slices, fruit, guacamole, cheese sticks.
Protein powder (on workout days).
Paul’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I do strength training and weight lifting 3-5 days per week. Each day focuses on a unique body part (arms, chest, legs, shoulders, back, etc).
Running and hiking! I hated these activities forever, until now. A great goal is to run a 5K. It’s an achievable feat and is a lot of fun. Run in pretty areas and you’ll love being outdoors!