A Weight Loss Journey can be very tough!!!
So today I want to share John’s Story with you, not from my perspective but his own.
Over to you John:
My weight loss journey has been tough and I would say the best way to explain it is a roller coaster ride going up and down. Even though I struggled a lot I knew that I could accomplish my goal thanks to all the positive support from my family, coaches who laid the foundation (they also led by example) and everyone who supported me on my facebook group.
Here is a small insight into my journey, I hope that this will show others that it’s not easy but at the same time that they too can do it!
After I lost my first 50kg I realised that even though it continues to take daily commitment from me to stay on track, it was worth it because I was starting to get my life back. I was experiencing things in my life again that Obesity took away from me and this drove me to my next target which was to lose 100kg.
During my first 50kg I averaged almost 10-12kg weight loss a week so I would say it was relatively easy, but the second 50kg wasn’t nearly as easy. There were many days (sometimes weeks) that I wanted to give up. I was tired of following a meal plan and having to exercise self control on a daily basis, but luckily I had people who kept inspiring and motivating me to continue and push through. My wife never gave me the chance to go off track or back down!
To give you an example: There was a period where I lost no weight for almost a month, but after reviewing my food diary with my coach we noticed that a daily yogurt was the cause of my plateau (yes something as stupid as a yogurt). After cutting the yogurt out, I started dropping weight again and went up to a 74kg total weight loss. It was amazing to wear some of the clothes that I could last fit when I was 26 years old. My golfers shirt that I was wearing went down from a 10XXXL to a 7XL. I could suddenly do everyday things again like going into a public toilet (previously I struggled to fit) and fit in my bath and car again, even the blood circulation in my leg was back to normal because I was able to move a lot more without having to sit down for hours. I’m also able to do work in the garden again, something that obesity completely took away from me. From May to the end of December 2014 I managed to lose a total of 80kg.
January I was back in the gym working towards my 100kg goal, but this is when all the mind tricks really started. I wanted to reach the 100kg goal, but my mind kept on telling me that I already feel so much better so why even continue with the journey. I started reading stories of others who were facing a similar transformation journey and that helped me realise that I couldn’t give up! Getting from 80 to 90kg weight loss was a struggle, but a managed to reach it by middle February. Once I reached the 90kg goal, I started experiencing a lot of pain due to gout in my foot. This pushed me off track quite a bit because I had to get medication from the doctor and at the same time couldn’t go to the gym on a regular basis because the pain was just too much.
Even though I was going through this difficult time, I was able to accomplish one of my biggest goals which was to support my son with his rugby. I went to every practice and game and even stood next to the rugby field for the whole day (previously I had to sit in my car and watch from a distance).
The 90 to 100kg weight loss was even more difficult as I hit another plateau that lasted for almost a month once again. This was a really frustrating time as I couldn’t understand what was happening, I was following my meal plan and even my food diary didn’t show anything that could cause this plateau. When I got on the scale at the gym and my weight increased from 208kg to 218kg, I was devastated. I wanted to find the cause for my sudden plateau and even weight gain, so I contacted the doctor to ask about the gout mediation I was taking. The doctor explained to me that the medication that I was consuming on a daily basis contained cortisone which is known for water retention and even weight gain. I decided that I would stop using the medication and rather except the pain caused by the gout, but luckily I managed to find some other medication that worked to a lesser extend but at least it didn’t contain cortisone. I saw results immediately after removing the cortisone medication, I lost 6kg in 2 days and lost a total of 12kg in that week.
Finally I was close to my 100kg goal, but after reading a story of a guy that lost 100kg in 12 months I got inspired once again because I knew I could do better than that.
I lost 100kg in 11 months and 6 days!
This amazing feat would not be possible without great support and people like the Sportcon Team that set a good example for me. My next goal is to lose another 50 – 80kg so that I can weigh in at 120-150kg.
I want to thank John Barnardt for sharing his story with us. Yes, a weight loss journey can be tough, but consistency and mindset is key!
Never Give Up!