MitchellXSport Fitness Member
"I wanted to demonstrate that we each have this incredible ability to push ourselves and succeed and it is never a failure unless one quits. Don't quit, you can do it."
"You take control of your body, you can take control of your life. You've got to want it."
In high school, I was physically active: I did football, wrestling, and lacrosse. Being an active team player, I did all the drills, endured all the practices, and found myself enjoying all the physical activity. I was stronger, faster and eventually reached my lowest weight at one hundred and forty pounds. Joining these sports gave me focus, discipline, and perseverance. I had become a better athlete, student, and person overall. Despite athletic success, my weight began to creep on me as I entered college.
As with any college student, I enjoyed the newfound freedom and found myself adopting unhealthy habits. All-night study sessions, weekend parties, and fast food runs were all staples in my academic career. Unfortunately, these habits accompanied me into medical school and it was during my first year that I had reached almost three hundred pounds. Something needed to change.
I have been a member of XSport Fitness for a few years, and it was during one of my workouts I saw the "Get Fit 2012 Challenge." This was the perfect opportunity to change my body. What I didn't expect was to change my mindset and my attitude. My old characteristics of discipline and focus began to resurface. I signed up and met with Greg, my trainer. I weighed in at two hundred and seventy-two pounds on a five-foot nine frame.
I was eager to get started and we originally decided on a weight loss of seventy pounds. However after much progress Greg and I set a new goal: a ninety pound weight loss. We met up about once or twice a week, and every time I gave a hundred percent. With every training session I would reach what I thought was my limit, until Greg pushed me past those. Not only did he help me with my physical training, but with my mental strength also. We both became determined on my transformation being the best it could be.
Along with the physical aspect, I took great care in my nutrition and supplement regiment. I took CLA, L-Carnitine, and Oxyelite Pro. I was meticulous about my meals; I incorporated whey protein, fruits, and vegetables. Greg made sure to be involved with my meal plans and followed up with what I was eating. His support only fueled my desire to be the best. The gym became my haven; a place to let off steam or refocus on myself.
Ultimately, my greatest desire was to win. But please don't misunderstand my reason as selfishness. By winning I would prove to myself and others that what some may deem impossible is the exact opposite; it is possible. I wanted to demonstrate that we each have this incredible ability to push ourselves and succeed and it is never a failure unless one quits. Don't quit, you can do it.