Today I weighed in at Golds Gym for the transformation challenge. Not sure how I felt about it. It was a good marketing ploy to get me to sign up for a trainer. Don’t get me wrong I think trainers are extremely valuable. I didn’t like being sold on training. I do see why they do it. Even though they are for profit, the workers sincerely care about your progress. They have great points, but again, I can’t afford the trainer. I live in a hotel for Pete’s sake. I make one mistake and then boom, it’s to another hotel. I’m comfortable here and need to save as much as I can so I can get into an apartment. So the trainer will have to wait.
I can tell the staff saw me as who I am now. That’s fine. What they don’t know is that I did lose about 80lbs. At one time I weighed at 380lbs. I had a before and after picture last year and thought I’d share it. I really didn’t know what I weighed in the picture below but I know i wasn’t 335lbs. I just put that because when I started to finally track my progress I was 335lbs. This is an old “after” picture. I had a lot of medical complications after I took the picture, and now finally getting a grasp on how my training affects me. The goal this year is to prevent injuries and get healthier.
Another reason I’m not getting a trainer is because I can’t give him/her 100% of my effort. I can only give about 75% physically . Why? Well if you were following me from the time I started my journey, I have charcot arathpothy. That means I’m limited to the amount of cardio I can do. Matter of fact, my doctor want’s me to get handicapped parking. The more walking I do during the day the more damage my feet can accrue. My weight for my body frame should be around 165lbs. I officially weighed in at 288lbs. that means I’m about 123lbs overweight. Imagine you sprained your ankle. You had to keep weight off your foot and took about 3 months to heal. So one week after your ankle was healed, you start your daily routine with an additional 123lbs! Imagine how long your ankle can hold up. That’s what’s going on. My feet are damaged. They need to heal. I never fully healed. I have been overweight since my first injury in 2003. Over the years I kept adding on weight.
I can still give this challenge 100% of my focus. I can make up for a lack of physically activity for my diet. I just have to stay on top of this vegan lifestyle I’m doing. I’m already 18 days into the lifestyle and for the most part, I don’t see any signs of slowing.
Know Your Limits and Surpass Them
We all have limits. That’s the beauty of strength and perseverance. You can overcome any limitations by your desire to surpass limits. Never give up. If every road was straight how will we ever know our accomplishments? How will we ever know what we are capable of if everything was handed to us? I know one thing, I have been sick all my life. I has always been in and out of the hospital. I easily miss weeks of school. This carried on to my adult life. My limitations are my sicknesses. My nuclear bomb to sickness? My willingness to give life, all I have.