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“I never felt more alive in my entire life. I’m experiencing life through an entirely new lens that I did not know existed before.”
Some people, when faced with obstacles, get so demotivated that they don’t even get to start with anything that they want to do. That’s not the case for Anthony, though! Read on to know more about his weight loss journey!
Current Weight: 148 lbs
Starting Weight: 195+ lbs
What is your name, and when did you start your weight loss journey? Could you share with us which month and/or year?
Hello there, my name is Anthony and I started my weight loss journey about half a year ago. Sure thing! I’ll do you one better and give you my month to month weight loss progress. I was about 195 lbs a few months before I started jotting down my progress.
08.28.16 – 185 lbs
09.04.16 – 181 lbs
09.10.16 – 177 lbs
09.20.16 – 174 lbs
09.29.16 – 173 lbs
10.03.16 – 172 lbs
10.08.16 – 169 lbs
11.04.16 – 162 lbs
12.07.16 – 155 lbs
03.01.17 – 148 lbs
Have you reached your weight goal yet? If you haven’t, what is your goal?
I’m happy with my weight as is but if I lose more in the process, I’d be happy with that as well! My main goal was less about weight and more about having a stable state of mind by being healthy.
Why is that weight the goal? Is it by your choice or decision, or was it mentioned by a doctor, a friend or by your loved ones?
Quite honestly, I didn’t even think of a specific weight goal at all. There was a dark time in my life and I honestly just wanted to release this energy in some way. Weight loss wasn’t on the radar at the time but now it’s a priority now that my mental happiness is in order.
What was the story behind the starting weight? Could you give us an insight on how the starting weight came about?
Sure thing! I’ve always been a chubby kid since growing up so food was a issue and also an escape. My parents are from Vietnam so they didn’t have a solid understanding of dieting, they just wanted me to never be hungry. Coming from an Asian house hold, my diet consisted of a ton of white rice with fatty meats. It didn’t help that I always skipped out on the veggies as well. However, my weight spiralled out of control even more so after mid-twenties due to what I believe was my desk job, slowing down of my metabolism, and just a absolutely appalling diet.
What made you start thinking about losing weight? Was there a specific event that pushed you? If there was, what was it and why? How did that event make you feel?
I didn’t think about weight loss until the perfect storm hit me all at once last year. Early in 2016, I had lost my father due to cancer, got laid off, my place got flooded, and my girlfriend who I was about to marry broke up with me. This all happened to me within a span of a few months so it wasn’t exactly a straw (more like a ton of bricks) that broke the camel’s back that ignited my weight loss journey. The exact moment that my journey begun was when my ex had told me she had moved on and found something else.
I was extremely depressed and told myself that I had to do something to get rid of this crushing sadness right away. My father and I absolutely loved watching boxing while I was growing up and as of recently, UFC before he passed. So I picked up the phone and called my nearest MMA Gym and joined it without hesitation. I now had an outlet to let out my anxiety and frustration.
How did you achieve your current weight? Did you follow a specific exercise or diet program? If so, what would be those exercises and what is the diet program? Or did you make your own regimen? If you did make your own, please do share what that is with us. What was the hardest part to follow or do? Do you have a tool (or an app) that you use to help you?
I achieved my current weight through diet and exercise. My diet consisted of mostly just eggs and broccoli for lunch and dinner, it’s boring but at least I didn’t have to count calories all the time and I could just cook everything in bulk. My relationship with food changed as I viewed it as fuel for my work outs and if I ate something unhealthy, it would haunt me during intense work outs. As of recently, I started having cheat meal over the weekend and it hasn’t impacted my weight so I’m glad I can have some of my favourites again.
Exercise wise, I show up to my MMA gym about five days a week for about one to three hours a day. Doing everything from cardio to cross fit to Brazilian jiu jitsu to Muay Thai kick boxing, it never gets old. The regimens are created by my instructors so I just go with the flow and try to survive moment to moment. Example of exercises that we do are punching bag work outs, burpees, lunging squats, planks, sparring, and more. They push me to my limit every class and the ride home afterwards is completely exhilarating thanks to the release of endorphins.
What is your current occupation? Does it take up a lot of time? How did you manage the time in balancing your regimen and your occupation? Could you tell us from what time to what time is your occupation, and when (or what time) do you get to start with your regimen?
My current occupation is business owner and experimental financial technology investor. It depends on the climate of when I’m busy or not but for the most part, I always have time for my regimen. My work out schedule is 5:30-8:30 PM on Monday and Wednesdays and 6-7 PM on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. I sometimes go on the weekends depending on mood.
Was there ever a point that you thought of giving up? What was that event that made you think of giving up? Did you take a long break because of this? How did you manage to get back to your plan, what did you do to motivate yourself to keep on going?
I have never thought of giving up ever since I started about half a year ago. My mental health has never been better and being healthy tastes better than any dessert that I have ever tried. Motivation is simple, I never want to go back to that black hole that I tried so hard to get out of.
What do you think was the key factor that lead you to the success of losing weight?
Crushing circumstances that hardened me into a diamond and the support of my family and friends.
How do you feel now that you have achieved this much? Being dedicated and seeing the results of your hard work should be able to make you feel like you can achieve anything! What is next for you?
You’re right! I never felt more alive in my entire life. I’m experiencing life through an entirely new lens that I did not know existed before. Success in all aspects of my life followed soon after thanks to my new mental fortitude and body.
Also, It was hilarious and fascinating seeing everyone’s reaction to my weight loss for the first time after having disappeared for months, some of them completely freaked out. It’s one of my favourite aspects of losing a bunch of weight in a short period of time. You know those magic shows where David Blaine completely freaks out the audience by making a card disappear? It’s similar to that but you know.. with my lard. It’s great.
As for what’s next for me? World domination, haha.. just kidding. Sort of..
Do you have any advice for the people that are just starting out with their weight loss journeys? Anything that you would want to tell them when they’re about to give up and just let go of the hard work that they’ve already put in?
In my case, the key to success was to make everything as simple as possible, the less complicated a routine is, the higher chance that you’ll stick with it. I did not use apps or fad diets. It was just broccoli, eggs, and setting foot into the gym five times a week without hesitation.
Finally, do you have a motivational quote that helps you or that is always in your mind whenever you’re not at your 100%? If there is, what would that be and why?
“You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago” – Alan Watts
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