Karl In His Own Words – “Mr. 102” Tells How He Did It
We highlighted a few weeks ago how Karl reached his goal of losing 100 pounds (or more) last year. Now we get to hear from the man himself.
I was too fat and not happy with the way I looked or felt. The only problem was that I didn’t know what to do or how to go about changing that. I knew I didn’t have the will power to get a gym membership and work out on my own every day. I have been down that road too many times with exercise equipment at home. The first few week’s goes great then I tend to fall into the “Tomorrow night” routine, and before I knew it three more weeks had past and I hadn’t thought about working out.
It was always easier to buy bigger clothes then do anything else.
I was hesitant to come to bootcamp. I didn’t know what to expect, and I’m not one for new things. The first two weeks was painful, but it was a good pain. It was sore muscles that I didn’t know I had. Once I was into the swing of things it has been great. Dean and Nancy are positive and encourage us to go a little further but you aren’t pushy about it. I know when I heard it was bootcamp I was picturing a strict drill instructor. As I quickly found out that is not how it is at Get Fit NH Bootcamp. I have found everyone involved in class to be positive and encouraging. I guess it’s hard to say my experience has been anything but good, especially with the results we have seen. I like the variety of exercises, and finding new limits.
Eating Habit changes
This is probably the area that I have had to change the most in. I love to eat and drink. It wasn’t unusual for me to drink 4 or more beers a night, snack, and eat a huge dinner. I wouldn’t eat much of a breakfast, usually a bagel and a coffee. Lunch was typically a sandwich, or left over’s from the night before. I would load up on dinner till I was stuffed. I would eat lots of carbs during the day. I wasn’t concerned with what I ate or how much. Now I follow a lower carb diet, making sure I get the right amount of protein and it seems to work well. I have cut back on the beer and snacking. It was difficult at first but after a few weeks it wasn’t too bad. By not having certain things on a regular basis it makes them taste better when I do. We don’t typically buy junk food now. If it isn’t in the house it is easier to avoid. I find myself looking at food and asking if I need it or just want it. Before bootcamp everything was a need, now most things are a want. I still eat the “wants” but not as often. The more weight I lost the easier it has been to stay away from the junk food, especially as goals became close. We still go out to dinner, and eat what we want but we are a lot smarter about it. We work it into our meal plans.
This has been a huge area for me. I need a whole new wardrobe. I am fitting into clothes that I haven’t worn since high school. I am planning a ski vacation this winter. I haven’t been skiing for 7 years because of ski gear not fitting and not being in shape for it. I see small changes in my day to day activities. I can take the dog for a mile walk and not be out of breath. I’m not ashamed by the way I look anymore. I can easily bend over to tie my shoes. My mind set is a little different also.
I never would of believed that I could lose this much weight in any amount of time, let alone one year.
The more weight I have lost the more I want to see how much farther I can go. I am looking for another 25-30 pounds and then I believe I will be at a maintaining weight. It’s fun to see the reactions of people we haven’t seen in a while. They are amazed at what we have accomplished. I also believe that if I/we could do this and be as successful as we have, anyone can do it.
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