Sports have always played a big role in my life. As you saw me on episode 7 of The BiggestLoser when we were competing in one of the last chance challenge against Jen's team...I didn't take it to well when we lost. That's why it was so hard for me to comprehend to play softball in the summer when I knew I would struggle to get to first base after a hit. Although I would get on base many times, I had to have other players run the base for me (The Courtesy Runners) due to my weight and inability to move fast through the bases. But that page has been turned. I have lost 160lbs and I'm able to move faster and be the one to run the bases after a hit. Even though we lost big yesterday, I felt like a WINNER! Getting on base and not having that burden of that heavy weight on me I was finally able to enjoy the game that I love so much again.
I rode my Harley to work yesterday, WOW what a great and enjoyable experience. I wanted to learn how to ride for a long time, but I never had the courage to take lessons because I was afraid that my weight would in a way prevent me from passing the class. The truth is, I was afraid of being laughed at and ridicule by people, so I waited, waited, waited and kept pushing it off, until I got the courage to take the class last July. Regardless of all the fears I had and the images in my head of looking like a circus bear riding a bike I passed the class and was able to get my license. Soon after I was casted for the BiggestLoser and was not able to get my Harley. I was finally able to get my bike a couple of weeks ago. Another thing that made the ride great was that Luis joined me, we both went through this journey together made a big change not just physically but also mentally. Don't get me wrong, we're both the same old guys that everyone knows, and we don't plan on changing . We are scared, well more like terrified of gaining the weight back, thats why we will continue to eat healthy and exercise. But I'm going to enjoy this body and fight with EVERYTHING in me to keep the weight off.
I was constantly asked on the ranch what troubled me that lead me to gain all that weight? I would answer every time "NOTHING" I JUST ENJOY EATING. While I didn't have things in my life that drove me to eating, many people do. I suggest to get help, talk to someone that would listen, because YOU ARE WORTH IT. You have to find that inner power to help you get your life back and allow yourself to enjoy something you love, like me yesterday, riding out on my new Harley Davidson Road Glide. I felt like I belonged on the road, for some weird reason I felt that moment was suppose to happen, I felt alive. That's why yesterdays ride meant so much to me, I was able to enjoy the ride, I was able to ride without that huanting image in my head of that circus bear on a bike and any concerns of people laughing at me, plus i felt DAMN good and looked good riding my Road Glide. The whole experience from losing this weight, leaving my family, working hard on the ranch and winning The BiggestLoser made that moment possible.
In light of all the news coming out about people's metabolism going down after losing large amount of weight, I figured I should write a quick blog about how I plan on maintaining my weight off!!! First I know every person's body is different and I'm hoping that my won't react like the studies show! But the truth is that most likely it will!!! So I have to sit down and plan out my exercises and healthy eating every week. I want to keep this weight off, and if that means I have to eat healthier and keep exercising at a high level, I will!!! Yea it sucks but the truth is I can tie my shoes, I can ride my Harley and most important I can play with my Boys so it's worth it.... So bring on the healthy eating and high level of exercise!!!