Let me say this in the most BLUNT way possible, lol.
Guys, I am a REAL person, just like all of you.
Just because I have lost a large amount of weight, does not make me better than anyone.
What I have accomplished can be accomplished my anyone willing to put in the hard work, time, dedication, and determination.
As far as putting my story out there, publicly on social media, news papers, magazine, and TV is where “PASSION” comes into play. I am very passionate about my weight-loss because it is a back to basics approach with diet and exercise. No surgery. No magic pills, and certainly no excuses.
Understand this…. I had my slip ups. I had those weeks where I didn’t want to work out. Where I over-ate at a picnic and felt like crap that night. Guys, I am just like you. As far as set backs? Wow, anyone who knows me I have had my share of those, including a pretty bad car accident, where I ended up rupturing almost a dozen discs between my neck and back. Medications, that cause weight gain…where you have to work 3x as hard as someone else just to lose weight? The occasional binge eating off emotion? GUYS do not think I have not done that. I am human. Going through those moments of disappointments where you step on the scale, and see no change even though you know you busted your butt the whole week, working even harder at the gym, and eating healthy.
Weight loss is not all high’s! not for me, not for anyone. Especially when you are doing It the natural way. What matters is how you go about turning those Setbacks into Comebacks. Don’t let anyone, or anything become a setback so strong that it takes away the motivation you had.
You have to remember that food is an addiction. You are battling an addiction. When you take that step to change your life and eating habits, you are saying “I am going to beat this addiction”. When you sign up for the gym, you need to understand, that “WEIGHT IS LOST IN THE KITCHEN, AND BODIES ARE TRANSFORMED IN THE GYM”.
In the gym, there are going to be those days that you do not want to workout. Where its too hot and you don’t want to sweat. Those days where you are exhausted and had a bad day at work and you just want to go home. BUT, those workouts turn into the best ones. You have to also keep in mind that results form the gym will not be consistent if your healthy eating isn’t consistent.
This isn’t easy. Do not let anyone lie to you. Its hard BUT its all about how bad you want it. how hard you are willing to work to reach your goals. How taking the easy way out will never feel as satisfying and rewarding as the hard work you put in paying off. Its about making the decision between getting results or getting excuses, because you cant have both.
People think just because I am in the public eye, or that because I have had a major success with weight loss, or because of my large following that I am some type of health/fitness robot. That my life is so perfect. That I wouldn’t be approachable. That is very far from any type of truth. I am a normal person just like you, who has a life outside of the gym and eating healthy. A crazy, busy, hectic life, lol.
I will get emails, and DM’s on Instagram saying “omg I saw you at the gym, and I wanted to come up to you, but I didn’t know what to say”. Guys, I have people come up to me daily that recognize me, whether it be at the gym, or a public place, a store, restaurant, mall, ETC. Trust me, I am 1 of the most approachable people, so never feel like you cant approach me!
Then there are those people will literally get extremely emotional when they meet me and tell me that it is because of me they started a weight loss journey. That I am their inspiration. I really get the people who ask to take a picture with me. I get it all. THIS IS WHY I SHARE MY JOURNEY. My goal was and is to change lives. I just want anyone who follows me to understand that I am the same as you. All of your struggles during your journey…I have and always will deal with. Its overcoming them that makes us successful.