Family Status: Married
Occupation: Barber, boxing coach
Hometown: Hampton, Virginia
Starting Weight: 183 pounds
Current Weight: 137 pounds
Current Waist Size: 30″
Carl’s Weight Loss Interview!
How much did you lose (pounds, inches, dress/pants size)?
I lost 46 pounds!
When did you become unhappy with your weight (were you overweight as a child or did you gain weight as an adult)?
When I was walking past a mirror I noticed my reflection and was not happy. I was always in good shape, but after years of teaching and not training I slowly got out of shape.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I wanted to be a better example of what it means to train hard and get results.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Diet and exercise. My diet plan was extremely strict, but that is how bad I wanted to be where I am. I cut everything out that wasn’t healthy for me. No sweets, no snacks and no drinking alcohol. I ate veggies and baked chicken and drank plain water along with some all-natural protein shakes. I changed everything about myself! I created a hardcore playlist of music to get me fired up during my workouts. I wanted the songs to scream at me if I cheated and got lazy. I got to work and the results were better than I expected!
What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
Learning to run again was difficult.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
It only took me 30 days to see results.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took me about 6-7 months to lose all the weight.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I have maintained my weight for 5 months.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
The way I look and feel is a huge motivator to keep me going!
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
I feel so much better! I get lots of compliments and I have more stamina and endurance to teach my boxing classes.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Stay focused and disciplined and you will eventually reach your weight loss goals. I’ll be 48 years old this month. If I can do it, you can too!
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I love to see others succeed so it’s great to read ShapeFit’s weight loss stories.
Carl’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight Loss Tip #1:
Learn what your daily calories, carbs, protein and fat need to be for your specific body.
Weight Loss Tip #2:
Set a workable and attainable goal.
Weight Loss Tip #3:
Weight Loss Tip #4:
When you can’t run just walk.
Weight Loss Tip #5:
When it comes to repetitions, a few is always better than none.
Carl’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
Protein, eggs, cereal.
What do you normally eat for lunch?
Salads, peanuts, fruit.
What do you normally eat for dinner?
Baked chicken, veggies.
What do you normally eat for snacks?
Protein shakes, cereal bars, single serving bag of Doritos, Popsicles, Jell-O, yogurt.
What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
Whey protein shakes (around 20 grams of protein per shake).
Carl’s Weight Loss Workouts!
What do you do for weight training (exercises, workouts)?
I use light weights with lots of reps. Some of my favorite exercises are the butterfly (chest), tricep kickbacks, overhead triceps extensions (2 hands at a time), up-downs and upright rows.
What do you do for cardio training (exercises, workouts)?
I like running, walking, step workouts and mountain climbers.