That's me last night at Stadium Red Studios. I look like a Abercormbie & Fitch model don't I? Hahaha nah I'm not that conceded (Or am I lol????) but it's the most recent picture I have. I'm about 178 pounds in this one and it took alot of hard work and determination to get there. Before I get into that let me take you back to the beginning....
My life is a strange one. I could sit here and tell you about it but I'm sure you don't want to hear that lol. You wanna know how I lost so much weight right? Well, back in November of 2009 I went to the doctor for a physical and jumped on the scale. It read 214 pounds. That for me, is way too much excessive weight. I am only 5'8 and it didn't look to flattering on me (as shown in Exhibt A and I'm not talking no Jay Elec) so I decided to lose it then and there. Honestly though, this is not the first time in my life that I've been overweight (it has fluctuated throughout the years) but I told myself that it would be the last.
One of the biggest motivators was my career. Unfortunately, image is extremely important for a person such as myself (I'm a pretty good artist in case you didn't know lol...) so I knew that I had to alter and recreate myself. Another issue for me was my stage performance, I always would run out of breath (if you've seen me perform you know why) and that just wasn't cutting it for me. The last problem that worried me was my blood pressure. I had to take medication in order to control my pressure and as a young man I knew these were early warning signs which I heeded. Suffice it to say, I took action.
The first thing I had to do was change my eating habits. My menu consisted of nothing but take out and candy. Bad combination. So I learned how to cook. This, believe it or not was one of the most challenging parts of this transition. I decided to learn though because it saved me money (which for a starving artist is imperative) and also allowed me to control and moniter my intake. The next step was physical exercise. Ughhhhhhhhh. Little known fact, I HATE working out. It hurts, consumes too much time and really doesn't interest me. I had to force myself to get into the groove of that (which is normal actually) but in time it started to become routine. After a few months I started to see improvement in many different areas. Breathing, energy, mood, etc so I worked even harder. My goal was to lose about 40 pounds (which I did in about a year) and fit properly in clothes (seriously). Which brings me to this moment in time.
I'm going to help you guys with this. Maybe I can inspire, give advice, help to motivate you, whatever (Han needs it too so I'm on her ass hahaha) but my story is a common one. I hope sharing mines with you will benefit you in some way.