TIM’S HITCH FIT TRANSFORMATION
Tim started with me on Jan 10th 2010 at 5’9″, 263 lbs ,41 years old, he started changing his lifestyle about 1 month before though and had dropped 12 lbs before stepping into Hitch Fit :). The 41 years of dealing with weight issues had taken a toll of his body and life, even though Tim always walked around with a smile he was not happy with where he was at. The weight had caused Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stasis (poor circulation) in my left leg, and the beginnings of diabetic retinopathy (eye damage), all which he was taking meds to control. To him it felt like a long road ahead and possibly never losing the weight and becoming more healthy. There was something day 1 that he didnt realize though, “I KNEW HE WOULD SUCCEED” There was never an option for failure. Tim has a heart of Gold, What we call a Helper, always there for you if you needed someone but put others in front of himself. It was time to put TIM #1.
Tim I’m so proud of everything you accomplished. You are such a huge inspiration to so many out there, you have proven that if you want something bad enough you can accomplish yours goals. You made the right choices, made the nessicary changes and put a ton of hard work in. Tim made a deal with me the day that he shot his after pics, By the end of 2010 he would lose a total 100lbs!!! Since the end of his transformation he is still working out hard and eating right and will be under 200 lbs very soon
Today Tim Dropped under 200lbs for the 1st time since he was 12-14 years old
Love you Buddy!!!
His 5 month Transformation
Weight – 264 – 213
Bodyfat – 35.46% – 21.42%
Belly – 54 3/4″ – 46 1/4″
Where should I start? I guess a good place is in my youth. I’ve been big for as long as I can remember. I am the oldest of 4 siblings and the only “big” person in my entire family. I can honestly say I’m not sure why I was such a big person starting so young. Was it my coping mechanism for some emotional vacuum? The way I dealt with hiding my own fears and insecurities? I really don’t know.
During my junior high years, I was diagnosed with type II diabetes. Type II diabetes is generally associated with obesity. After being diagnosed, I did manage to lose some weight and take better care of myself but that only lasted for so long and the weight came back and the belief that I can “just take medication” to remedy the situation and live my life seemed to be my overriding thought. So high school came and went and I was fat, miserable and just looking forward to moving on with my life in college.
At my heaviest, I was sitting around 310 pounds. Those days were during my college years. I think part of my weight stems from growing up and trying to figure out my sexuality. I really knew who I was back when I was quite young, but of course I didn’t have the words or knowledge to describe it. I did come out late in college and that actually was the beginning of weight loss and change in life for me. The bad thing was that I still found comfort and love in food so though losing some weight after college through my 30s, I was still hovering around 280 pounds.
Over the last 10-12 years, I’ve tried doing additional fad diets and attending the gym and even hoped the support and inspiration of good, close friends would help inspire me to lose weight and make better choices in life. At one point, I did get down to 240 lbs but even then it was all just cardio. I was still eating poorly and making bad decisions. It was an unhealthy way to go about changing my life. Then, shoulder injury, major illness and shoulder surgery took me out of the gym for a long while and I was unable to get myself back into the swing of things. It is really easy to go from 240 lbs back into the 270s when you stop the cardio and maintain poor eating habits.
TIM OVERCOMING THE HITCH FIT RED HILL
Fast forward to the end of 2009. My life, in general, is in a good place. I have a partner that loves me and supports my decisions. I have my family that is healthy and living life. I have a good job surrounded by great colleagues. I have wonderful friends that surround me and have kept me sane over the years. My friends have been the rock for me to lean on in times of need for support. I want you all to know that I love you with all my heart and soul and that you have always been a source of inspiration and admiration.
Now comes the hard part. 41 years of life has past. Countless warnings from my various doctors and supportive concern from my friends still have not put me in the place I need to be. Diabetes has taken quite a toll on my body. Along with the weight, I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stasis (poor circulation) in my left leg, and the beginnings of diabetic retinopathy (eye damage). These health issues are a serious matter if I want to continue to live a productive life.
I think all these factors came together and my mind was finally in a place that understood. “If I don’t change things, I will lose a foot, be blind or worse dead within a short period of time.” Do I really want to go through that? Do I want my friends and family see me suffer and go through that suffering with me? I always believe that you have to be ready to make the changes necessary to be successful in anything long term, weight loss is no exception to this mindset. Just because someone actually loses 100 lbs doesn’t mean they will keep it off. I finally decided that my life is worth something. It’s worth something to me. Its worth something to my partner. It’s worth something to my family. And its worth something to my friends. I am worth everything and deserve good things in life.
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That is why I am on this journey. Self worth is my journey. So, with that in mind, I set out to do what I could control. My weight and nutrition. In turn, that should affect my health issues in positive ways. I felt, for me, that I needed to find a personal trainer so I could feel accountable to someone and a person that could help guide me along this new road to discovering a person inside of me I’ve never found. I decided to talk to Micah Lacerte of HitchFit for this role. I met Micah randomly at Bally Total Fitness many years ago. I happen to follow his fitness and modeling career over the years and now he’s a personal trainer online with HitchFit as well as in person working out of his fitness studio, HitchFit Gym. He made such great impression on me as a person and as a supportive friend when I first met him, that it made sense for me to talk to him about starting this new life. He is all about doing things in a healthy and managed way through diet/nutrition, weight training and of course cardio, cardio, cardio. That is the most important component when you are trying to lose body fat vs. hard core weight training to build muscle mass. He actually told me that he’s always wanted to help me since I met him back in the day but never pressured me or pushed me to train. He knew I had to be the one to come to him and be in the right frame of mind and spirit to begin this journey with him.
So on January 11, 2010, I started my very first personal training session with Micah and began my change in eating habits. I pretty much went cold turkey. Complete diet change with basically no cheat meals allowed. As much cardio as I have been able to do. Fighting off two different illnesses and trying to adjust my insulin medication to compensate for all of the changes occurring. I have to say, my abilities in the gym were pathetic. Pushups? Ha ha ha. Are you kidding me? Squats? Bicep curls? I felt so anemic seeing the place I was starting at. I think one of the biggest motivators for me was when at the end of my first workout with Micah, he says “I thought you were going to be a big whiner baby”. WHOA! Well, from that point forward, I came to each workout session and did the work he asked me to do. Sure there were days I wanted to whine and complain and bitch but I wasn’t going to give him the satisfaction. I was going to prove to him and myself that I could do this.
Today is a huge difference in my life. In body, mind, soul and most importantly my health. I am truly amazed at what I’ve been able to accomplish. I really didn’t think I had the personal faith in myself to be where I am today. My body still has more to go. It’s amazing to me to know that I’ve lost over 60 lbs over the last 6 months. I didn’t really understand how much weight that was until I picked up two 30 lbs dumbells and OMG! How the heck was I dealing with all of that weight? My eventual goal for my body is to be down to 175 by my birthday in December. That would be approximately 100 lbs lost in a year. My mind now understands the implications of the food I put into my body and the exercise that is required to burn it off. That doesn’t mean I am giving up my yummy favorites but at least I now know what I have to do. I still have more to learn about nutrition and exercise that will help me continue this metamorphosis. My soul is in such a better place now. I have not felt more happy and strong at any other time in my life. The last but most impacting is my health. As of this writing, I have gone from 35 units of insulin per day to ZERO. Not being on insulin injections any longer is an amazing change all on its own. My A1C test (averaging blood sugars) results now read as a non-diabetic. My blood pressure is normal and my high cholesterol is gone. I’ve dropped two additional medications and when I get down to the 200 pound mark, my doctors will re-evaluate my remaining medications. Even my doctors are truly amazed and inspired by my work and dedication to changing the path that I was on. I had to or that road would have come to a dead end much sooner than later and I wasn’t ready to hit the brakes on my life. I know that this journey will always be a continuous one. I will always be challenging myself and food will always be tempting me. My saving grace is now I have the tools and, hopefully, the discipline to make the correct decisions when I need to make them.
TIM’S LIFE STORY
Micah is my savior. He is genuine, caring, funny, empathetic. He knows how the body works and works with you both emotionally and physically. He certainly knows how to kick your ass during a workout but he also knows how to reassure you and to let you know he is there for you whenever you need him. My love and adoration for this man is 10 fold. He will always have a special place in my life and I will always sing his praises to those that want to listen and need that special person to help them on a path of health and fitness. It is his life and he lives and breathes it to make himself a better being and to offer his knowledge and experiences to others that come to him for the change they are looking for. He cannot help anyone until that person is ready to commit to the challenges that this will entail.
I truly appreciate all of the words of support and encouragement from my friends and from those who have been following my health and all of my posts on Facebook. I don’t know if I truly inspire people to do anything and its not my intention to be that except to myself. It’s time to take action today, tomorrow and always so that I can spend the rest of my life with my friends, family and partner and be healthy and happy while doing so. I promised Micah that I would take a follow up photo shoot in December/January for another update on my transformation. Thanks for letting me share my personal story and experience with you. This was my “time” to change and you have my support and love whenever you decide the “time” is right for you.
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