I had been overweight for as long as I could remember. At age 18 I weighed 303 lbs. It was spring semester, senior year of high school, rugby season. I remember showing up to practice and barely being able to move.
Our warm up was a jog to the practice field, which alone seemed like a feat to accomplish. It was at this point when I realized something needed to change. The first thing I knew I needed to change was the way I ate. Eating all I could eat just because it was available was no longer an option. I had to cut my portion size.
“At age 18 I weighed 303 lbs.”
By the time summer came around I had dropped back down to 280 lbs. I rejoined the Under 19 All-Star rugby team, and after competing in a national tournament I was offered scholarships to a few large universities. Middle Tennessee State University seemed to be the right place for me.
At MTSU, the rugby coach told me that I would start the games, but that he would be forced to take me out after 25 minutes because he didn't think I had the cardiovascular endurance to play a full, high-level match. Having the coach pull me out of matches early was all I needed to motivate myself to get fit.
By the end of my freshmen year I was down to 260 lbs. And by my sophomore year I was down another twenty pounds. Over the next four years I maintained my weight and began to focus on building muscle.
“The first thing I knew I needed to change was the way I ate... I had to cut my portion size.”
In the summer of 2008, I had knee surgery which resulted in the end of my high-level rugby career. Knowing that 240 lbs. was bigger than I needed to be, I dropped another 10 lbs. of fat.
I graduated college weighing 230 lbs. and moved to Atlanta to work as an account executive for AT&T. While working there, I was approached by a talent agent to do some fitness modeling. The modeling opportunity motivated me to lose another ten pounds bringing me down to 220 lbs.
“I graduated college weighing 230 lbs...”
During this time, I decided to leave Corporate America and focus my attention on my passion; personal training. I wanted to help people achieve the same goals that I had.
For the past three years, I've maintained a weight of 218-228 lbs. My balanced lifestyle leaves me happy with what I see in the mirror.
“My balanced lifestyle leaves me happy with what I see in the mirror. ”
I have now competed and trained other athletes to compete in not just athletic competitions, but fitness competitions alike. Every year, month, week, and day we face new and old struggles, by making fitness part of your life you can control your body forever.