Movers & Shakers are members of the Needless Pounds community who are doing great things and who deserve to be recognized for it. Not all weight loss stories are “Before” and “After.” Whether they’re just getting going, well on their way, or in maintenance mode, Movers & Shakers provide motivation and inspiration to all of us looking at making positive weight-related changes in our lives.
NP: Tell me about yourself.
K: I work for AETN as a Broadcast Engineer, specializing in IT equipment; video servers, networked satellite receivers, automation systems, and a ton more. I really only have 1 hobby and that is my second job Karaoke. I host Karaoke 3 nights a week at local restaurants.
NP: What are your weight-related goals?
K: My goal is currently weight loss. Plus, its bikini season and I have to look my best!
NP: How long were you at your previous size/weight and what factors in your life contributed to that?
K: I have been overweight all my life, but around my peak weight of 270 for about a year or two. I had been constantly ramping up to that. At the beginning of this year I weighed in around 260.
NP: What made you decide to change things? Was there an A-Ha! moment?
K: Not really one Aha! moment, just a complete depression state usually based on the fact that none of my clothes ever looked right on me. What I wear to work looks quite disgusting at times, thanks to the old dun-lap. I guess though buying that first 3x shirt had a lot to do with it. Halloween had become my least favorite holiday since no costumes that I liked would fit me.
NP: What diet/nutrition/exercise programs have you tried in the past? What are you
currently doing that’s working?
K: I have tried Atkins before, cut out sugary drinks, desserts etc. Nothing ever had a long term effect though.
Currently I am keeping a 1500 calorie diet and trying to make sure that I get the fiber, nutrients and such I need within that 1500 calories. I usually get between 1200 and 1500. I like to leave a little wiggle room for those unknowns or unintended calories.
NP: How do you stay motivated to do what it takes each and every day to reach your
K: I pick an article of clothing then set a reasonable day that I should be able to wear that again or for the first time, knowing if I don’t stick to my diet and exercise routine that the clothing won’t fit on the right date. Also, I usually compare the bad food decisions calorie numbers to approximate time I have to spend exercising just to compensate for that. I call it the Donut factor. It takes about 30 minutes of hard cardio to work off a donut worth of calories. That Donut took less than 1 minute to eat. When I remember that, suddenly I don’t really want that donut any more. A minute on the lips a lifetime on the hips.
NP: Who are your champions/supporters/cheerleaders?
K: My wife tells me every day how proud she is and how she can see the difference in me! Daniel, you are an inspiration to everyone you know. Your success alone lets me know that I can do it!
NP: Looking at your previous attempts to change, how is this time different?
K: It was a number of things…
- I never incorporated exercise.
- I never planned on the diet changes being a permanent thing.
- I never understood what I was eating and how many calories were in it.
NP: What has been the hardest part for you on your journey so far?
K: Being a tad sick, not wanting to go to the gym. After that it has been hard sometimes to get the motivation to go back when I do feel better.
NP: Do you have any advice for others?
K: You have to want it, and I mean really really want it. Be prepared to make weight loss your first priority. Read labels! Eat fresh or frozen rather than canned. Substitute healthier things when you can. But the biggest tip I can give is LEARN.
NP: Is there a recent achievement that you’re particularly proud of?
K: I bought a shirt about a year ago. I really liked it but, it wouldn’t fit despite being a 2X. It was so tight the buttons gaped. My 1st goal was to wear that shirt. The day after I received this questionnaire, I wore that shirt, with extra room in the belly area!