While in high school, I would be pushed around by my best friend to go easy and cut down on unhealthy eating and the amount of fast food I consumed. I would very often try to stop myself from going to the all-you-can-eat wing nights every week at my favorite diner but the image of being "Big Steve" in high school and with my friends intrigued me.
Once my career as a high school footballer was over, I received a scholarship to go and play football at the university level for Morgan State University. Playing at offensive tackle and weighing in at 320 pounds, not only did I make the Freshman 15 but also gained a whooping eighty pounds thanks to the incessant orders of late night burgers and fried chicken.
After that, while I was visiting my best friend at his house in El Paso, Texas, I felt weak and light-headed while walking up and down constantly on the hills and my vision became blurry. My friend and his mother rushed me to the ER where tests showed that my blood pressure had shot up to 170/110. As I was at a risk of suffering a heart attack, they had me admitted and administered medicines to reduce my blood pressure. This made me realize that my weight and health condition was proving to be a hindrance in my dream of being an NFL player. I decided to have a complete changeover the moment I set foot out of the plane.
The day after I returned home, I decided to go for a jog around a park that was a little more than a mile in width. The second time, I failed to make the complete round as I lay on the grass, disappointed and angry with myself for reaching a point of being so unfit that I could not even walk at a rapid pace for a mile. I made up my mind to join a gym to aid my weight loss process. On my first day, I was clueless about where to start as I had never worked out without a trainer before. That was where I met a guy by the name of Maxwell who played a stellar role in altering my life forever. Training alongside me for five days a week, he would constantly push me on the cardio plans and keep me motivated whenever I felt that the results were not showing. A year of workout with him saw me going from a size 6XL shirt to a 3XL and a 62 waist to around 40 or 42. Now, I am down to a 38 waist and XXL size shirt fittings.
We followed an intense cardio routine of four times a week and Maxwell told me to start cooking my own food. He advised me to try out healthy recipes and abstain from fast foods, fried items and sweets. I took up cooking meals for myself and ate six times a day, besides also having two gallons of water daily.
It's been two years since I started my workout regime weighing in at 430; now I tipp the scales at 260 pounds. Today, I can go mountain climbing and hiking and also enjoy travelling on my own. Previously, when I would fly, I would either have to go for first class or double seats owing to my size and that would result in expensive journeys. Today I can shop for myself in the regular retail outlets and enjoy the essence of theme parks. In short, I can enjoy this new life that I have just gained.