Photo_2017-12-22_07-31-42_PMTell me a little about yourself and your background?

I grew up an Army brat. Have been to several states but spent most of my life in Northern New York. I was a very skinny child until the age of 10; there I first experienced problems with my weight. Growing up being slightly overweight, I was never very confident in myself. By the time I reached college I was over 200 lbs. at 5’9 and nearly 35% body fat. And at the end of my freshmen year I was 235 lbs. and 40% body fat. My girlfriend of 5 years broke up with me and I didn’t have many friends. I was at the lowest in my life emotionally. I was in desperate need for an outlet in life. That summer, I sought out on a journey to lose weight, get in shape, and turn my life around by the time I went back to school. In 12 weeks, I lost 70lbs, was down to 12% body fat and was in the best shape of my life. I found a love and passion for fitness and nutrition. I’ve proceeded to change my major to a B.S. in Health and Wellness Management and a Minor in Nutrition Science. I now hope to work with individuals and groups to help make fitness easier and less intimidating for everyone.

What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?

My favorite part about fitness is how it can really increase the quality of someone’s life. And it’s not one dimensional. I’ll hear a lot from people, “being thin doesn’t make you happy”. First off, those people are usually lazy and just use that as an excuse to not take care of themselves; but yes, it doesn’t make you happy when you think of fitness as only a physical element. There is also someone’s emotional and mental health, and embodying all those different parts of fitness is what I really love.

How long have you been into fitness?

I’ve been into fitness since the summer of 2016

How did you get into fitness?

I originally got into fitness as a way of getting my girlfriend back. And when that didn’t work, it took me sometime to figure out a way to do it for myself. After a few months and a small relapse in weight, I knew I wanted to do it to make myself happy.

What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?

 I came back to school, getting the girl back, didn’t work, I was slowly putting weight back on, I was physically fit, but not emotionally or mentally. I had to sit back over my spring break and finally after nearly a year of getting over the relationship and decided to do it for myself. In that realization, I discovered the idea of there being three components to fitness and three steps or “3 Peaks”.

How has fitness impacted your life?

Getting into fitness helped save my life. Improving myself on all 3 of those levels saved my friendships, helped me build new ones, helped me become a much more liked person, helped me become a better person to others, and helped save me from depression and suicide.

What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?

I have a lot to say about this one, I’ll keep it short, but if you go back on my page, you can see my post about 3 steps to achieving a fitness goal. But I’d tell someone first, why is this time different, you’ve said you’ll get in shape and such before, why is this different. Then help them set a measurable, sustainable goal. And then finally, prepare them, tell them that there is life after that goal. You need to have a plan on what to do on what you want from life when you say do lose the 50lbs, you have to plan for the “what’s next”.

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SUNY – Oswego student

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