Here is what really happened…..

So last week my wife and I were sitting in the living room. We just put our son to bed and we were both on the computer. All of the sudden I said:

“What should I write about? I want you to pick a topic.”

She thought about it and said:

“You should talk about HOW you transformed your body. Why don’t you tell people how hard you have been working on your health instead of saying CAULIFLOWER RULES on Facebook!”

Well, okay…….

Sometimes I come across like I am uneducated. I always have. My whole life people underestimated me because of my weight. I played it off because I did not care. I would walk slow and move slow, so most people just assumed my thought process was slow.

It also shows when I blog. I do not have a set time or day for my blogs.When I blog, I think of a topic (Does not matter what time of the day), type it and send it. I never read over the post which is why I have so many errors. I never try to write a post that will just move people, it just happens.

One thing that mentioned once is that I read a lot.

Growing up I was never a reader. In fact, the family joke is that the only book I have ever read was Iggie’s House by Judy Blume.

I read a lot about dieting and working out. I have probably over 300 books. I take a little from each one.

The funny thing about the books above is that the top book, which I have read, is the premier book for personal trainers. There are so many different personal training licenses out there, but being NSCA certified is the most prestigious. I have no desire to become a trainer, but when I get emails from people that say I have no idea what I am talking about or I have no right to give any fitness advice, I do have an idea what I am talking about.

This is a picture of me when I lost around 195 pounds. At that time I wanted to gain muscle. I was like everyone else, I had no idea.

The first thing I tried was P90X type workouts.

Here was the problem. Watch the infomercial, most of the people had muscle on them before. In my opinion, the P90X tones your body*. That is not what I wanted. I wanted to gain muscle.

* Real quick, I want people to know that my blog is opinion based. There will be times where you will not agree with what I say, maybe even be angered at what I say. I understand that will happen. If it does, just shoot me an email. I promise I have never wrote a post to offend.
Please do not write me a nasty comment insulting me, splatter my name on Twitter and Facebook, and then after trying to embarrass me in public write me a private four sentence email apologizing. That is just weak.

The P90X is basically a high intensity workout.It did not work for me so I started lifting weights.It was a hard transition from using machines to free weights.

For the longest time I was doing circuit training at the gym. I felt more of a pump after lifting weights.

I never stopped doing cardio though. Most people told me that you have cardio days and lifting days. I always incorporate 45-60 minutes of cardio a day.

More important than working out, to build muscle you need to alter your diet.

I heard that I should eat as low as 1200 calories a day. To me, that never made sense. I have never been a guy who does that to lose weight. I mean, who says they are going to drive across the country with no fuel in their tank.

Plus, I was trying to gain muscle. So I started eating close to 3000 calories a day. I made sure that I ate a lot of fruit and vegetables because besides fiber that it had, it also has water in it. That is also a huge reason why, although I do have some loose skin, it is not as much as someone who lost over 200 pounds.

I am pretty happy with my results. I do stay around 2700-3000 calories a day. I try to eat at least 200g of protein, 40g of fiber and I try to make sure the majority of my carbs come from vegetables.

My wife is right, I do sell myself short sometimes. There is a science to me losing weight and gaining muscle.

But I do not need to be a trainer. I have been training an amazing client who lost over 200 pounds for some time now.

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