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I have always been a big person growing up. I never was a skinny guy or a medium build guy. I was chubby and always had an issue with my weight. The heaviest I ever weighed was 295 lbs. back in my junior year of undergrad at New York University. I decided to work out then and I actually lost 60 lbs., managing to get down to 235 lbs. That was back in 2003. Then I started working full time and weight loss took a back seat to work. I ate whatever I wanted to eat because I was stressed or always on the run. I stopped going to the gym, and slowly I gained back the weight that I had worked so hard to lose, ballooning back to 285 lbs. in 2006.

But one day I had an epiphany, realizing that I needed to lose weight. I had a wonderful girl in my life and I began thinking about life with a family and kids, and how I wanted to see myself in 5 to 10 years. I was approaching 300 lbs., and I knew that if I kept doing what I was doing, I would surpass 300 lbs., and I was terrified of that.

So after my epiphany, I decided to start all over again with my weight loss. I started walking on a treadmill for about 45 minutes four or five days a week. Slowly I was able to jog for 5 minutes at a time, and the weight just started melting off. After awhile, I started to incorporate weight training into my workout routine. But then I reached 235 lbs., and I was stuck. Grad school started to get hectic and once again, I started eating whatever and skipping the gym. After returning from a vacation last summer, my weight crept back up to 250 lbs. My girlfriend and I decided to try Weight Watchers and we have never looked back. Since joining Weight Watchers, I have lost 45 lbs., and now weigh 205 lbs.Eventually I would like to lose about 10-15 more lbs. But the hardest part is when I’m so close to my goal and my body tells me that I can't lose any more weight. I’ll continue to work at it and one day, hopefully ... I can reach my goal.

 
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To cut it up and get into better shape, I started to jog 3x a week. I felt like the treadmill was too monotonous, so I hit the outdoors and would jog on a track. If I wasn't near a track, I would jog in a park. At first I couldn't do more than 10 mins before I was dead tired, but eventually, I worked my way up to 25 mins. I kept my Ipod with me, because 20 minutes sounds like a lot, but when you think about it, that’s only about 4 or 5 of your favorite songs and you're done. I do this on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Since I don't work on the weekends, I would do it immediately after I woke up.

Cardio first thing in the morning burns the most fat, because there is no food in you to burn off first. Wednesdays, I jog in the evenings. As far as diets are concerned, I cut out all white, refined carbs and kept it all whole wheat. I cut carbs down, but not completely out and bumped my protein intake up significantly. Cut out the juices, drank more water. Sometimes if I need some flavor in my drink, I would squeeze lime juice into my water. No mayonaise,more mustard. More fruit and vegatables. But I do give myself a day a week to just relax and not think about calories and what I am eating. That day is usually Saturday. Everything tastes better when you've waited the whole week to try it. Doesn't mean I eat horribly the whole day, Just means I'm a little more relaxed. Especially if I know I got up and ran first thing in the morning,

   
   

 

 

Jonathan Omar Davis
Age 23
5'11
165 lbs

Fitness not only keeps me healthy but it saved my life. When I was 13, I was diagnosed with Focal Sedmental Glumerical Sclerosis (Focal Segmental Glomerular Sclerosis) (Glomerular disease, a problem with the waste filtering units, causes impurities to build up in the blood...if left untreated can cause the kidneys to stop working (fail), and eventually kill a person.) and by July 14th, 2004 I had a Kidney Transplant. I played 3 years of football at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. Due to numerous medications, such as Prednizone (Prednisone), I was forced to stop playing college football and gained 50 pounds of excess weight. Thanks to God's grace, and a love for fitness I lost the weight and got in the best shape of my life. I moved to California to pursue my career in personal training and modeling. I am now personal training at a boxing gym in Burbank, and modeling throughout Los Angeles. All while still taking medication and seeing doctors on a regular basis.

Current Workout:
My current workout consists of cross training. Three days a week I box. I warm up for 3, three-minute rounds by shadow boxing, and then I hit the bag for three additional rounds, followed by three rounds with the mitts. I workout three more days in the weight room while taking Sunday’s off. The three days in the weight room are usually full body workouts at a medium weight since I will be boxing the next day. I always stay hydrated before, during, and after workouts.

Fitness tips: 

Diet and Cardio. Two things almost anyone can do. A low fat, low sugar diet will do wonders for weight loss, trust me I know. Not everyone can lift weights right away so getting on a bike, treadmill, or elliptical to get moving and burn some fat would be a great start to getting fit.

 

 
   
   
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