I have been overweight almost my whole life. I love food and love to cook. My mom always tried gently to change my eating habits and exercise but I just wasn’t ready. June 2011, at the end of school I was not happy with the way I looked and always tried to blend into the background.
I decided to start trying to eat healthier. I was a complete carb junkie so first thing I did was to cut out all carbs to try and break the habit of always filling up on everything carbohydrate. I stuck to lean proteins and vegetables. I didn’t cheat ever, I found my craving for carbohydrates was almost nil.
I also started exercising. I love watching TV so I would park our stationary bike in front of the TV and I would cycle as long as I was watching TV. Some nights it was 3 hours of just sitting watching TV and peddling.
Sometimes my mom would tell me I had done enough. Quite a difference from her always yelling at me to go outside and get some exercise. She always said when I was a little boy, I wouldn’t even crawl for a toy and when she took my brother and I outside to play I always wanted to ride in the wagon instead of walk.
By Christmas of 2011, I had lost close to 80lbs. I felt great, I had lots of energy and I felt really good about myself. I would every now and then let myself have a treat, but always made sure I exercised regularly. I found myself walking to friend’s houses instead of asking for a ride. I also bugged my mom to get a treadmill, she was a bit shocked.
It is now a full year later and I have lost 110lbs, from 277lbs at 15 to 167 at 16. I love my new body and how I feel. I have so much confidence and my mom is so proud of me.
Submitted by: Anthony Sarra