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Real Life Success Stories

Lee Brewer


Lee Brewer, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Where to start? Hmm, Well I guess at the beginning. Now, I've always been the big or chubby kid. I leaned out a bit in my high school years, but was never really thin. Over the years I became less and less active. As long as I had a manual labor job I was fine. After landing my first office job I started to get really large. I got bigger and bigger which drove me further into depression. Finally I got caught in a whirlwind of overeating and depression. I ate because I was depressed, and I was depressed because I was so big. It sounds sort of silly, but the thing that pushed me over the line was looking at a Christmas picture of me with my family.    

On December 25th, 2009, I decided that something had to change or I was going to die. I was 6'4" 360 lbs. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, I smoked a pack a day, and I ate horrible. I was a walking time bomb waiting to go off.

 

On January 1, 2010 I started my journey. I started like anyone else. Walking was a great start for getting some exercise. I started by walking 1/2 mile, then 1 mile, working my way up to 3 miles a day. For my eating, I kept a food log. It was such an eye opener. I was floored when I saw exactly what I was putting in my body everyday. This is something that I highly recommend to anyone trying to lose weight. There are loads of free online trackers that are great. I believe that diet is over 80% of the answer to a successful weight loss story. I mean, you work out an hour a day. the other 23 hours you are wrestling your diet or sleeping.

   

When I got to around 300 lbs I found Power 90 with Tony Horton. I loved this workout. I was able to shed 25 more lbs with it. After those 90 days, I took the jump to doing P90X. This is my workout of choice. I love it. It provides me with a solid workout that I can do at home. I think the key to successful weight loss is a solid exercise program, a clean diet, and a great support team. You need cheerleaders. People to keep your spirits up. You will fail at times. No one is perfect, and we all stumble. It's how fast we pick ourselves up that matters. So, don't beat yourself up if you slip. "Small changes in your day to day life can make huge changes in your overall quality of life." Something that I tell myself before I work out is "There's nothing to it, but to do it!" Woo! I get really hyper before working out. I love it now. I never thought that I'd say that.

   

Eli, I am honestly happier and healthier than I have ever been my entire life. I am never going back. I'm just hitting my stride. There are still hurdles I have to clear, but I am well on my way. Baby steps lead to full strides. Thank you for giving me the chance to share this with others.