Paul Mordus, Medical Imaging
Paul Before Paul After
"Since my sophomore year in college, I put on weight gradually. During the course of Radiology School, I had a hectic schedule, poor eating habits and little money to afford healthy foods.
I continually "grew" and the next thing i knew i was done with Radiology School and single and already development horrible eating habits and going out to the bars 4-5 nights a week. I had been in a longer term relationship and become complacent and neglected my body. Then i went through a failed engagement and had to deal with a dark time of depression and then met my wife.
I went on a adkins diet back then and lost 70lbs and started feeling better again, but never learned the proper way to exercise and the regulate your diet, because soon as i stopped the adkins diet, i just kept slowly gaining the weight back, because i reverted back to my old ways. As I continued to gain, I lost my self-esteem, but i have always been a "go getter" but do to the weight, i was severely limited in the things i could do. It wasn't until I saw a photo of myself (the "before" you see here) that I really realized just how overweight I'd become. I have been a big fan of the show "the biggest loser" and i finally decided that if all these people are able to do, so can I and when i set my mind to do something, i don't stop!
My wife, mother, and myself joined a gym and i started off on a low to no carbohydrate diet to get my metabolism jumpstarted and slowly after 3-4 months i reintroduced carbohydrates, but i stopped using highly processed flours and sugars and try to use whole grains and MAKE sure 1/2 your plate is fruits and vegetables. It wasn't easy, but the when the pounds started rolling off and i could see the results, it amped me up and i just kept charging. I lost 90lbs in the first 6 months and after that, it slowed some and i hit plateaus, but i pushed threw and i currently have lost almost 140lbs and i have maintained that loss for about 1 1/2 yrs. I eat so much healthier now, but i do still have the occasional treats, but i make sure it doesn't become a regular routine to indulge in the high calorie foods. I do exercise 6 days a week, but honestly if you can exercise at least 4 days a week with at least 1/2hr cardio and 1/2 weight training, you will see results, BREAK A SWEAT! It is also really important to keep well hydrated and get 6-8 hours of sleep. This is NOT a "diet" you have to make it your new life long journey/ way of life!!!My self-esteem is back to where is was in college, i play basketball 5-6 times a week and run circles around some "kids" in their 20's and they never guess that i am 32. Most important though is that, i have been passing on a healthier way of life to my children and i have the energy to go play sports with them and do any activity they want me to do and not be stuck watching my life go by from the sidelines anymore!
In the story above, i have given most of the basic hints and tips to get your journey started, but do not ever hesitate to ask my how i have handled different situations and obstacles i have faced, because as long as i am not busy with pt care, i would love to help you out with any information and "wisdom" i can give you. Definitely do not think the weight is always gonna just fly off, but if you put in the hard work and make healthy diet chioces, you just may see if fly off and do not get discouraged if you hit a plateau, it happens to everyone, just change up the order and exercises your doing to get your body kickstarted again. Never GIVE UP, it's your life you are gambling with.