Mike Whitfield, CTT
In just a few short months, I’ll be participating in the Peachtree Road Race held in Atlanta, GA on July 4th every year.
In December of 2002, I was closing in at 300 lbs. I was miserable, unhappy, tired, and grouchy all the time.
One day, I was playing Madden on the playstation (imagine that… a very overweight guy playing playstation instead of being active) and I threw an interception. I was so frustrated (for one thing, it was a linebacker that intercepted it and he jumped like 30 feet… WHATEVER).
Once I bent down to pick up the controller, I had an “A-ha” moment. I realized I was not the person I was meant to be. I couldn’t see my feet. I struggled as I bent over to reach for the controller. This was ridiculous.
As I sat there, in shock, I realized how I kept beating up my body by feeding it crap all the time and being very inactive.
It was no wonder I was wearing 46” pants and XXXL shirts.
I wasn’t ashamed of who I was, but I was ashamed of who I had become.
It’s no shock that every time I went up and down the stairs, I was exhausted. If I forgot something upstairs, I would regret it and make my way up the stairs, breathing heavy, as if I had ran a marathon.
It didn’t help that my breakfast was an iced honeybun with soda, along with supersized meals at lunch and huge bowls of ice cream and pizza for dinner. I never counted, but I wouldn’t be surprised if my calories was in the 8,000 to 10,000 range EVERY DAY. A desk job didn’t help either, along with the inactivity.
No wonder I was depressed and felt defeated all the time.
That “a-ha” moment was a big switch for me. I had enough, and I was going to do something about it. Just like everyone else, I decided to start a regimen in January, except; I was going to follow through, unlike many people. I was going to see my goal to the very end.
The Goal was Set
I was going on vacation in a little over 6 months. My goal was to lose 50 lbs by vacation time. Any more than that would just be a bonus. This was aggressive, but I knew I could do it if I had the right mindset.
I was going to either do this or not – there was no “I’ll give it a shot” mentality.
I was sweating profusely, exhausted and wondered if I was cut out for this. I couldn’t believe how much effort this took. Finally, I had put on my shoes.
Oh c’mon… that was funny.
Ha-ha, anyway, I drove to my old high school, got out of the car and made my way towards the track. I didn’t know what to expect. I was going to do a combination of walking and jogging.
But after one lap (yes, just one lap), I truly was exhausted. A little hard to admit, but tears welled up in my eyes and I thought to myself, “is it too late for me to make a change? Can I really do this?” Luckily for me, I had thought about Michael Jordan saying he “failed” hundreds of times, missing the shot to win the game… and that is why he succeeded. That still resonates with me to this day.
I knew if I kept going, kept scratching and clawing my way, I could make a permanent change.
6 Months Later…
I smoked my goal after all. After all the early mornings, the hard effort, saying no to junk food, etc., etc., I had lost 75 lbs in just 6 months. It felt amazing. I was confident again. I had self-esteem. I wasn’t afraid to go out in public and hang out with my friends and family.
It got even better – I had dropped another 30 lbs since then and have kept it off. Even to this day, I have a hard time understanding that I had dropped 105 lbs.
I knew that would be the challenge – losing that much weight and keeping it off.
Mike After Losing 105 lbs
The Second Christmas
So, this is why the Peachtree Road Race is so important to me. That same year that I began my journey was my first road race – ever. It was like I was running 10 kilometers on cloud 9. During the entire race, I looked back at how far I had come. I was so involved with my thoughts that it seemed like all of a sudden, this finish line was coming out of nowhere. I didn’t really train for it, but the adrenaline allowed me to run the entire race.
It was hard to believe that just 6 months prior, I struggled with just one lap around the track. All things are possible after all.
This is one the big reasons why I decided to create the Workout Finishers program. I’m a believer in finishing anything strong. It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. Sure, I’ve had clients use these finishers to lose the last 5 lbs to 70 lbs as well as use them myself to lose 105 lbs. But the thing that I realized was that my clients were finishing their main workouts with an amazing effort.
They busted their plateaus not only with their weight, but also with their mind. This is where it all starts – is in your mind.
Some of my clients thought they weren’t ready for advanced weight loss methods like using workout finishers, but once they completed one, they realized their own potential. That’s why this program is so important to me. What’s even more invigorating is seeing my clients at my gym showing other people how to use them with their favorite workout programs. It’s like they are paying it forward. That’s what it is all about.
So, I wanted to pay it forward. Last summer, I started to get up at 4 AM to work on this project before I met with my clients so I could share my message with more people.
What is this Message Mike?
You don’t have to abandon your favorite workout program. You don’t have to do a crazy diet. Find one that you can stick with short term and long term and it makes sense with your lifestyle. Finish your workouts strong. Finish your nutrition plan strong.
Finish your ultimate goal strong.
Anyone can do this – I figured that out after a stubborn guy like me made some amazing breakthroughs. You may have tried and failed in the past – GOOD! That means you found a way that doesn’t work. You are now one step closer.
Just finish strong,
Mike Whitfield, CTT