Fitmark Ambassador Erik Negrete shares how small steps to a healthier you become very successful as you keep making them
Nearly three years ago I made a drastic change to my lifestyle. I was close to 400 pounds and completely miserable. I really didn’t know what I was doing to the people around me, until my wife sat me down and told me that she didn’t know how much longer she could put up with me. It took some soul searching to figure out why I was doing the things that I was doing and what I needed to do to fix them. I couldn’t really come up why I was living the lifestyle I was, but I did know that I was happiest when I was working out. So I first started making lifestyle changes by getting a coach to write plans in a diet, workout, and for a support system. As my body adjusted to the changes that I was making, I began losing weight and feeling better.
Quickly the little changes that I made were visible to me in the mirror. I can tell you that there is no better feeling then being happy with the person that you see in the mirror every morning. The changes I was getting by new my new lifestyle fueled my fire to see how far I can really take this new me. I continued to push myself in the gym, experimenting with diet changes and continuing to enjoy my new healthy life. I began to look for other avenues to keep me focused and one of my friends suggested trying an obstacle run. I had never run a long distance race in my life and a 5K with obstacles and running with a close friend appealed to my competitive nature. I got my feet wet with a Warrior Dash, enjoyed it but wanted an even bigger challenge: the Tough Mudder which was a half marathon with obstacles. I have currently run two Tough Mudders and I am training for a third, continuing to push myself to be faster and better every time I get on the course.
Every day I am faced with choices that can either help me or hurt me from reaching my goals. It’s getting extra reps in, doing all my cardio daily, eating all my meals according to my plan and not having that cheat (no matter how small!) that you want. It is extremely difficult to stay so diligent to a plan but the results are well worth the challenge. I’ve had my fair share of tough choices along my journey from nearly 400 pounds and 37.5% body fat to 237 pounds and 5.5% body fat. I’m not going to lie and say that I always making the right choice or that my choice is the easiest, but I can tell you that as you continue to meet or exceed your goals it’s all worth it! So as you take on the all the tough choices, just think how bad do I want to reach my next goal?
Fitmark Ambassador 2013