by Christopher J. Spurlock
Shaping Up and Slimming Down: My Fitness Journey
Four years ago, I looked like this:
I weighed 230 lbs. I was out of shape, unhealthy and unhappy. I knew I wasn’t looking and feeling my best, but the reality of it didn’t hit me until I went to the doctor for my yearly check-up and I was told I was considered borderline “obese.” (My body mass index, or BMI, was 29.5. The BMI categorization for an “obese” person is anything greater than 30.) This hurt even more because I hadn’t always been overweight. I had played baseball from the age of five until my junior year in high school, and my playing weight for those last few years had always been around 180 lbs. But, once I quit playing baseball and started working at a fast food restaurant, I began packing on the pounds. Between the winter of my junior year of high school and the summer after my senior year I gained between 45 and 50 lbs, and I lost a ton of self esteem.
After graduation, I set a goal to lose some weight. I decided that 200 lbs was a realistic goal, and I went for it. I quit drinking soda, started watching what I ate, and began exercising lightly. Slowly but surely the weight came off, and by the end of the first semester of my freshman year in college, I had lost about 55 lbs and was weighing in around 175 lbs.
For awhile, that was enough for me. I continued my healthy eating, exercised a bit more frequently, and just tried to stay in shape. But three months ago, I mad a new resolution: I decided to take the P90X challenge. I will admit, I was really skeptical at first. Any product sold in an infomercial generally seems like a gimmick to me. But, after talking to a few friends and doing some research, I decided to give P90X a shot. I didn’t want to pay the crazy insane price for something that didn’t work, so I found a copy of the DVDs on Craigslist and purchased them for $50. At the end of May, once my summer began, I stared the workouts on a daily basis. I stuck to the schedule pretty strictly, and only missed a few days during the whole summer.
Now, about 100 days later, I’m finally finished! I have more energy and less pain than I’ve ever had, and I’m in incredible shape. The workouts absolutely work. Because of P90X, today I look like this:
Currently, I way about 160 lbs. My BMI is a healthy 20.5 (the “normal weight” BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9), my muscle mass has increased significantly and my body fat percentage is way down. The P90X experience has been incredible for me, and because of the results I’ve seen and the way I feel today, I plan to start another round of P90X next week. Here’s to hoping that I look even better 90 days from now!