The Man Behind the Bootcamp Workouts
Very soon, I’ll be running in the Peachtree Road Race, held in Atlanta, GA each year on July 4th. To me, this is my second Christmas. I’ve been running it since 2003, the first year of my transformation. As a matter of fact, that was the first race I ever participated in.
But to truly appreciate the meaning of this race, you will need to understand where I came from.
In December of 2002, I was playing Madden on the playstation and threw an interception. I was so upset (to this day, I still believe the computer cheated), I threw down the controller out of frustration. When I bent over to pick it up, I had an A-ha moment that would forever impact my life.
I looked at my large belly and couldnt believe it. I had let myself balloon to 300 lbs, XXXL shirts and a 46″ waist. It was no wonder that I would get exhausted every time I went up the stairs in my home. I also hardly had any self-confidence and self-esteem. Honestly, I was ashamed of who I was.
The poor nutrition choices I made were certainly a reflection of who I was in the mirror. Breakfast was an iced honeybun with a soda just about every day, followed by a super-sized lunch at a fast food joint (you can probably guess where when I said super-sized, along with more soda.
Dinner was where I really cut loose at a point of what I call, Ridiculousness. I would eat an entire bag of chips while trying to figure out what to eat for dinner, which most of the time, ended up being a frozen pizza (yes, the entire pizza). Then to top it off, I would eat a huge bowl of ice cream, followed by another huge bowl of ice cream.
I had never taken the time to plug in everything I ate back then into a website like www.fitday.com, but Iâ€™m guessing it was around 10,000 calories on some days.
Right then and there, in that very moment as I reached down for the controller, I decided I would make a change. Of course, I also knew it was right smack in the middle of Christmas season and I had to be real with myself. So, just like everyone else, I decided to jump on the New Year Bandwagon the next year. But I had a goal so that I wouldnâ€™t bail in February like most people do unfortunately. I was going on vacation that following summer, and I wanted to drop 50 lbs by the time we went.
On day one, I remember going to my old high school track to supposedly jog. I was exhausted after just one lap. Keep in mind that Iâ€™m being a little vulnerable here, but I honestly teared up a little bit. I asked myself if I would actually follow through with this and was this just too hard. I wondered if I was just too late.
Surprisingly, the nutrition part wasnâ€™t so bad. I decided that I would allow myself a full cheat day and the rest of the week, I would simply make better choices. I wasnâ€™t on a â€œdietâ€ per say, but I certainly upgraded my nutrition. For example, when my co-workers and I would hit the mall, I used to hit fried foods and rice, or pizza, or a double cheeseburger. But now, I got grilled chicken and green beans, and I would put tobasco sauce on the chicken for a kick. I knew it wasnâ€™t rocket science. Quit eating crapâ€¦ thatâ€™s what it came down to.
It was hard work, but as I practiced and continued to persevere, I was finally in control. 6 months later, I had lost 75 lbs. It felt amazing. As a matter of fact, I was so thrilled, I vowed to run the coveted Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta for the first time in 2003.
Hereâ€™s the crazy part â€“ I didnâ€™t even train for it. Donâ€™t get me wrong, I certainly did some running a couple of days per week, but I certainly didnâ€™t train for a 10K. One of the best moments of my life was realizing I was only a half mile away from the finish lineâ€¦ and I ran the entire route.
As I approached the finish line, a sense of victory overwhelmed me. â€œIâ€™m going to finish this thing. This is unbelievable!â€. Tears, again, filled my eyes, but this time they were the outpouring of past frustrations, doubt and fear. I had done something incredible and it changed my life and mindset.
Since that amazing day, I have lost another 30 lbs, bringing the total to 105 lbs lost. The best part? I have kept it off.
That is why I do what I do. I want to show the world that if someone like me, who was filled with fear and doubt, can do it, anyone can. This is my way of paying it forward.
I get up at 4:30Â because Iâ€™m driven and thereâ€™s a lot of people who need our help. There are thousands (scratch that â€“ millions) of people who are sitting in the EXACT same seat as I was in December of 2002. They may feel hopeless and wonder how they got there. They may wonder if it is indeed too late.
Never. Itâ€™s never too late.
So whether youâ€™re a fitness enthusiast who follows this site for the cool workout and fitness tips, or a fitness trainer or bootcamp coach just trying to get new ideas, I welcome you. And even if you just happen to land on this site because youâ€™re searching for â€œsomethingâ€, here it is.
I wonâ€™t sugarcoat anything. Speaking from experience, losing fat is hard work. Using metabolic resistance training is challenging. But it not only works, itâ€™s life-changing. Thatâ€™s what youâ€™ll find here, along with other cool stuff that will help people lose weight without any fancy equipment.
Letâ€™s build a community. Letâ€™s share our fitness war stories. Letâ€™s share our ideas. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m here. How about you?
Mike Whitfield, CTT