My name is Gordon. I want to tell you a story of how I went from an unhealthy, unhappy, and slow-moving 245 LB guy in my 20’s to a fit, energetic, productive and HAPPY 175 LB guy in my 30’s.
A quick backstory on me:
I was accepted into Wentworth Institute of Technology for my undergraduate degree at age 19 after 1 year at a community college. I was already overweight and unhappy with myself, however, I was very focused on academics so that kept me distracted from focusing on my poor health. I started my engineering path in August of 2004 at 225 LBs (by the way, I am just a hair under 6 ft tall). I graduated in August of 2008 at a svelte 245 LBs. My “freshman 15” was more like a “freshman 5, sophomore 5, junior 5, and senior 5” – I just kept putting on weight every year. I was doing less, and weighing more with each passing day. By the time I graduated I was wearing 40” pants, XL or XXL shirts, and MAN was I uncomfortable.
I graduated and shortly thereafter got married to my long-time girlfriend. That’s when my first realization came to light. On our honeymoon, these goofball pictures were taken of me in Maui.
WOW! Yup, that was me at 245 LBs. There’s a little muscle there, but my body fat percent was crazy high! Something like 22%-25% depending on which measurement method you believe.
After seeing these pictures I was APPALLED at how much I let myself go at such a young age. I began working out harder, and eating less – a LOT less. I was doing everything I could think of: running, biking, lifting weights, dabbling with powerlifting, you name it. I really had no organization to my exercises, I just made sure to do something every day that made me sweat. With this method I was very successful at losing weight, including all of my muscle mass. After 6 months I was down to 165 LBs with almost no muscle. To my surprise, I was just as unhappy at 165 LBs as I was at 245 LBs. I went too far in the opposite direction, and being that skinny made me just as uncomfortable in my own skin. I needed to find the state where I would finally feel healthy and happy.
It wasn’t until 2012, a year after my son was born did I start to take things serious again. I dabbled here and there in diets and exercise routines, juggling them around my life as a working parent and husband. And just like most people, i wasn’t as strict as I needed to be, nor did I yield the results that I really wanted. In April of 2015 I accepted a challenge from a coworker for $100 to carve out 6-pack abs by July of that year. I’ve never worked so hard at something so physically demanding, but in those 3 months I did what I set out to do, and built myself a 6-pack and beat my coworker for $100.
Earning this for myself continued to push me and I eventually kicked it up another notch around June 2016. That’s when things really started to click and I got into a real groove working toward my ultimate goal of building muscle, cutting fat, and getting into the best shape of my life. Here we are now at the end of 2016 and I am feeling as dialed-in as ever before. As of this post I am 184 LBs and a approximately 16% body fat.
My objective by Summer of 2017 is to be 11% body fat and weigh no less than 180 LBs. This wouldn’t be very hard except I have a full time job, and a beautiful wife that needs my attention, and a 5 year old that plays hockey on 3 different teams, and a social life, and a house that needs maintaining, and and and, blah blah blah. Like most people, especially you working dads out there, I am very busy, but I will make this work. Not only that, I am going to walk through it and share all the details and progress on this blog with videos, pictures and all the additional information to help anyone who might be reading this.
I have 3 core beliefs in life regarding personal development and fulfillment:
1) Success is fostered by strengthening the health of the body and mind
2) ANYONE can achieve this, even you hard working dads out there (I’m proof)
3) By taking action to move forward, you WILL improve your life – confidence, drive, productivity, and the will to push to finish things you start are all side effects of achieving a better, stronger version of yourself, mentally and physically
Stay tuned for a new video series that will walk you through my next wave of fitness objectives, and hopefully motivate or inspire you to work toward something to better your life and move in the direction of your goals.