165, How I Cut Myself in Half

A little more than two years ago in November of 2017, I weighed 330Lbs, and wanted to be a racecar driver. This is the story of what it took for me to get there. Yesterday, Friday February 7th 2020, I stood on the scale and achieved one of the harder goals, I have set for myself, 165Lbs, 10% Body Fat. I feel incredible, relieved, and ready for the next goal.

My journey toward a complete lifestyle transformation started, while I was working with my dad on the 1974 911 that he was graciously helping me restore. He noticed that I was struggling with my weight, and suggested I look into getting some type of gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. I explored the options, and discovered that most of them started with some type of liquid diet, I then found Nestle Health Science Optifast program, which then led me to a local clinic, the Oakhill Wellness Center. After consulting at length with Dr. Vinay, we both agreed Optifast would be a good fit, my goal was to move from food as pleasure, to food as fuel. After 6 months, and working down to 800 calories a day, just Optifast, water, and regular exercise at my local YMCA, I lost 98Lbs by April of 2018. On the advice of Dr. Vinay, I started working with a nutritionist who help me move slowly back onto solid foods. Over the course of the proceeding 6 months, I got my body into homeostasis,

226Lbs December, 2018 to 165Lbs February 2020.

By the end of December 2018, I decided to work with a trainer, and was kindly referred to Phil Gephart, in my initial assessment I weighed in at 226Lbs, and 31.7% body fat. Over the course of 2019 I continually made progress every month focusing on my macro-nutrients, and an undulating periodization program based on the Poliquin method. In November of 2019 I decided to set my sites on working down to 165Lbs, half of my starting weight. Starting at 176Lbs. I knew the last 11 pounds was going to be difficult, so this is what I did to get there. I started an auto-immune protocol, and picked up my activity level significantly, working up to two-a-days, 7-days a week. After completing nearly 4-months of a restrictive diet, and extreme activity level, I am both proud, and relieved to have made it to my goal. Thank you Phil, I would not have been able to get here without you!

From 330Lbs June 2017, to 165Lbs February 2020.

So… what’s next, it has always been my dream to do a triathlon, I am going to work through the reintroduction phase of the auto-immune protocol, get back into homeostasis, and will keep you posted with more to come.

Health Update

Switched up my workout, and have been making small tweaks to my diet over the last couple months. I am still working out 5 days/week, I was doing a lot of endurance training, 30 minutes cardio, and 30 minutes weights (low weight high reps (15reps x 6 sets). For the next six weeks, I am going to switch it up with the weights, and doing 80% one rep max (10reps x 4sets). Thank you Christine from the Southwest YMCA for giving me guidance!

I cut my fruit intake over the last 6 weeks to one piece of fruit per day, was having it with every meal. I am now starting another 6-week cycle of removing fats from my diet, was eating a lot of nuts, and dried fruit, replacing that with high-protein shakes.


Irons in the Fire

Again on the build up to another race, we are headed to Road America for labor day. I have a ton going on. I am having my car transported this coming week up to Bilt Racing Services to have air-jacks installed. They have agreed to work with us (me, and the always incredible TPWS Inc.) at the track which will up our preparation game significantly.

We are targeting to arrive in Illinois the evening of the 28th,  Continue reading “Irons in the Fire”