My Story / brandon gould
I had been a big kid all my life thanks to a combination of unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise and a family history of weight problems. By high school, I accepted I was meant to be 330 pounds. In the summer after high school graduation, I realized I could control some pieces of my life - and if I tried I could (maybe) lose some of the excess weight I was so tired of carrying.
My main goal at that time was to lose weight and be "thin." I started by joining a gym. After my college classes, I went straight to the gym. I picked up fitness magazines, and did research on the internet on how to start a fitness routine. I started slowly - beginning with 15 minutes on the elliptical trainer. Day by day I built up my stamina and became more knowledgeable about the gym equipment and what it could do to help me.
At home, I changed the way I ate. I cut down on carbs, banished the cans of soda that I once drank and ate salads, greens, fruit and lean protein. I was living at home at the time and my parents supported me by minimizing the junk food in the house and substituting better choices. If it wasn't there, I wouldn't eat it.
After one month, I stepped on the scale and had lost 15 pounds. That felt so great! It became easier and easier to turn away from junk food temptations. Over the next year, I lost 5 to 10 pounds a month. Friends and family noticed the changes, complimented me, and this motivated me to continue working out and eating better. I looked better, I felt better, I WAS better. And my weight leveled off at 195 pounds - a healthy weight for my height and frame. More important than the number on the scale was my physical and mental well being. I was 135 pounds lighter and in control of my life.
Flash forward... I continue to work out, eat healthy and have devoted myself to helping others achieve their healthy lifestyle goals. My story is special but I am not. If I can do this, so can you.
I have achieved a goal of mine to become a personal trainer. Allow me to help you reach your goals - whatever they are, I know I can help you as I helped myself.