This is an amazing guest post by a good friend of mine, Jordan Figueiredo, who runs an awesome blog – The Healthy Teacher.
The following is a recollection of Jordan’s amazing transformation story as he battled his way to losing a ridiculous 50lbs! Jordan is a true fitness bloomer and I hope you enjoy reading his story as much as I did.
Hello Fitness Bloomers!
My name Jordan , and I have been a Bloom to Fit reader since it’s inception and believe it is one of the best fitness blogs around.
Srdjan kindly asked if I would share the details of my significant body transformation to inspire fellow fitness bloomers. So here it goes!
I need to preface this by telling you that I am a physical education teacher, I studied Kinesiology at University and I am a sports fanatic. What the previous sentence doesn’t say is that I was an overweight child, teen, and adult that suffered from asthma, eczema, and ridicule for many years, despite my best efforts.
You would think that a person involved in sports, and interested in the human body would be able to keep their weight under control and lead a healthy life. Not me…..
Being teased by my coaches and childhood acquaintances for being chubby was a challenging experience for me. By the age of 12 I was searching for ways to change my body. I didn’t want to have a 6-pack or anything crazy, I just wanted to feel normal.
This quest continued unsuccessfully for some time (6 years). It wasn’t until I stumbled on a popular diet called the Zone, that I had any success with weight loss. At the age of 18 I was able to lose 20 LBS and get to a manageable 180 LBS.
After high school I went to University and studied Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University. It felt like I worked out all the time, however I couldn’t help but gain weight (sadly, I couldn’t even blame it on the drinking…I was never much of a beer crusher). When I graduated and went to teachers college I was pushing 200 LBS. Most of my peers would have considered me chubby at the time…not quite fat, although I thought different.
Two years later, and despite my best efforts I ballooned to 215 LBS just after my wedding, which was three years after landing a job as a PE teacher!
Great, “another overweight physical education teacher”, I thought to myself. I started feeling embarrassed and ashamed at work, almost as if I was an imposture. Preaching the benefits of healthy eating, and exercise while not being in control of my own body. I needed to lose weight and get in shape for myself, and the greater good. My livelihood and sanity would depend on it.
I consider myself a somewhat intelligent dude, with a lot of determination, so gaining control of my weight and my life became my new mission.
My Stats September 2009
Weight: 216 LBS,
Waist Size: 40 inches
My Goal: Lose 50 LBS
Here is what I did:
- Researched online for days,
- Tried to find the best free information I could,
- Found Mark’s Daily Apple,
- Bought the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson,
- Devoured every page and put the lifestyle into practice,
- Ditched grains and most dairy plus limited my sugar consumption;
- Continued online research;
- Learned about intermittent fasting;
- Used it, practiced it, lived it (roughly one 24 hr fast once a week);
- Found Fitness Black Book;
- Started lifting weights again, but with a solid plan this time.
My Stats July 2010
Weight: 165 LBS
Waist Size: 32 inches
My Goal: Accomplished!
I may have lost 51 pounds, and 8 inches, but I gained so much more.
I had a new found confidence. My classes were more enjoyable because they were authentic. I was living the life I asked my students to live and everything fell into place. I started a blog about my experience with fun articles about weight loss, healthy recipes, workout routines and I continue to write today.
We must continue to pursue our health and wellness goals, and never stop learning! My university education didn’t help me achieve my weight loss – my desire for new information did!
Thanks to free blogs like this one, there is no excuse for not getting in shape!
Thanks Srdjan and Fitness Bloomers!
[Jordan has put together a cool little ebook explaining, in detail, exactly how he lost 50 LBS. You can get it here. I hope this story has inspired you to take action. If you have any questions for Jordan (or myself) feel free to ask in the comments below!]