I have lost 180 Lbs Over the course of 2+ years.(390lbs - 210lbs) I am now a Certified Personal Trainer at the YMCA. AMA.
Alright... Here it goes. My whole life I have been a big person. I was teased as a kid, very cruelly... I never understood why I couldn't be left alone.. Even my family, teachers and doctors constantly made comments about my weight. So in order to be left alone, I tried hiding in plain sight. Ya know, made jokes about myself being fat, how I was ugly etc. But it just seemed to make things worse. I once in a rare occasion tried throwing up my own food. I hated who I was and I so desperately just wanted to change and love myself.
So I did.
I went on the internet, checked out books from the library, asked people who worked out regularly questions, and looked up tons of information about how the body works and what I can do to change, and if there truly was hope for me... Or if I was just a lost cause. After I completely surrounded myself with as much knowledge as I possibly could, I constructed a diet and workout regimen to start out with. I lost 20 pounds very quickly at the start. Soon I lost 40 pounds.. Then before I knew it 60 pounds had vanished.. By this time, the teasing and insults had turned to praise and compliments. After months and months of intense training, eating healthy, and sticking to my goal...
I made it... I'm 210.
I worked out at the YMCA pretty regularly and I knew the whole staff, so I was recommended by one of the trainers that I be put on staff. After a series of interviews, I was put on staff as a personal trainer. I couldn't believe it. Me... The fat kid everyone picked on, a personal trainer.
Me when I was 13: http://i.imgur.com/zM4iS.jpg
Me when I was 15: http://i.imgur.com/myTnZ.jpg
Me when I was 16 (Kind of a goofy picture) Dat face: http://i.imgur.com/XxH0K.jpg
EDIT: Thank you guys so much for the positive feedback! Wow! I'm headed off to bed, but I will answer any questions you guys leave. It really warms my heart to read all of your guy's comments.
EDIT: Woah! Front page?! I woke up to answer some questions and I see this on the front! Thank you guys sooooo much for your support and praise. I'm trying my hardest to answer as many questions as I possibly can. I promise, if I don't get to you and you really need help, feel free to PM me :)
EDIT: Alright.. So I tried answering a lot of the questions.. Theres just so many! So tell yo what, heres a few questions that were asked multiple times:
How old and how tall am I?: I'm 18 years old and I am 5'11.
How can you be certified? Are you certified? Yes, I am I have my ISSA certification and im certified through the YMCA
What have you learned out of this experience? Ive learned that there is no excuse. If you want to achieve something.. Do it. No one's going to hand ANYTHING to you on a silver plate.
Do you blame your parents? No, I blame the fact that no information was given to them about healthy lifestyles. And I blame myself for not doing this sooner.
Does your skin bother you? I get self conscious at times, but hey. Dont we all?
How's the love life? Great! I got the girl of my dreams.
How can I do this? Ive said it before and i'll say it again.. Be your own Personal Trainer! Be responsoble for youself, and prioritize whats important to you. You have the power to do anything.. I mean look at me. I was just some fat kid a few years ago.