Well, if you’ve read my first entry you probably know by now what this blog is focused on, but I feel that if I’m truly going to be able to motivate people to turn their lives around, then I should shed some light on where I started myself (just so you know I kind of know what I’m talking about).
Back in 2013, I stepped onto the scales at 152kg. Every day I drank litres upon litres of soft drink (literally, that’s all I drank from sunrise to sunset). I also ate everything in plain sight. You name it, I ate it. I had absolutely no regard or care in the world for what I consumed, ESPECIALLY when it came to chocolate (mmm chocolate). Not only did I eat enough for a small town each day, I did absolutely NOTHING with my life. I had no job, no car, nor did I have any motivation of changing that. I was perfectly happy spending every waking moment of every day playing video games and living on Government benefits. I was trapped in a bubble, completely oblivious to what I was doing to my body, and how it was affecting not only my relationship at the time, but people’s views of me as well. Living this kind of lifestyle also made me become quite withdrawn from the rest of the world. I lost interest in leaving the house, being social or investing time into my relationship.
Eventually, my weight caused me to require surgery on my lower back to remove an infection. After the operation, doctors warned me that I had to get my weight under control otherwise the infection had a huge chance of reoccurring. Did I listen or change? Of course not. I kept living as if nothing had happened.
Fast forward to 2015 – still 150kg, still unemployed , still doing absolutely nothing with myself. I’m now an obese 20 year old man with nothing going for him, and low and behold, the infection returned, only this time it was much more severe. This required me to undergo another, more serious operation, which ultimately lead to me having to wear a vacuum pump strapped to me for 6 months until I fully recovered. For the entire 6 month recovery, I was completely dependant on other people for day to day living, as surgery rendered me almost completely immobile. Basic functions such as showering, going to the bathroom, getting dressed etc. we’re practically impossible to do on my own now. I became utterly depressed due to the fact that I wasn’t able to live a full, happy life, and it was completely my own doing.
ONCE I FINALLY recovered from surgery, that was when I decided it was time to change. I signed up to my local gym, greatly improved what I ate on a daily basis, and even went as far as hiring a PT to learn the ropes inside of a gym facility.
So, all of that has lead me to where I am today. I unfortunately waited until I felt like I had hit rock bottom before I made changes to improve my life, which is a big part of what the reason behind this blog is. I want to reach out to people before they hit rock bottom, and inspire them to create changes before it’s too late. I’m going to lay all of my mistakes out there for everyone to see, in hopes that people can learn from them, and avoid doing the same things that I did that temporarily destroyed my life.