What made you want to change your lifestyle?
I felt like I was missing out. I especially missed doing a lot of activities with my children. I couldn’t go on rides at theme parks because I didn’t fit within the restraints. I also saw a family member suffering from poor health choices.
How did you go about changing your lifestyle?
I started by self-educating on calories and foods to avoid. I began to eat 6 to 7 small meals per day, and was restrictive with calorie intake. I weighed myself twice a day, keeping a weight and meal log. I believe it takes a lot of willpower. I also believe the strongest muscle is the mind. You have to start by making up your mind and stick with plan.
Where are you at physically now vs. when you were not working out?
I’m a completely different person with not only physical strength but better appearance, much more self-confidence and lowered vitals across the board when visiting doctor.
How do you maintain your healthy lifestyle?
By setting goals and having a trainer that keeps me focused, challenged and motivated.
What would you say to motivate others?
Start with your doctor, because they will tell you what areas are important. Find a friend or family member when you are not exercising, and find a gym and trainer to keep focus. The gym is all people working toward a goal of self-improvement, so they will also keep you motivated. If a trainer is an option for you, it’s powerful knowing they’ll help you stay on track and avoid injury while driving toward your goal.
Before Weight: 287
Current Weight: 206
How Long Weight Has Been Off: 4 years
Workout Routine: 2 days cardio, 4 days resistance training, 4 days with a personal trainer
Current Go-To Food: Mostly chicken with almonds as snacks
Diet Plan: Smart choices; I remind myself what foods have high calories and avoid those
How Life Has Changed: I’m a different person, internal and external; I have much more energy than I had in my 20s
Biggest Challenge: Remembering to have one cheat day; you can’t always restrict calories
Tip for Others: Find a way to remain mentally strong
Steve Orlando is the owner of SO FIT Personal Training, with personal training, group fitness and nutrition services. Steve has more than 15 years of industry experience with a wide range of clients.