I’m on a journey to a brand new version of me. Not the old me with a few changes here and there. I mean a complete overhaul from the inside-out. I mean the once I was dying, but now I’m living. This is a fresh brand new beginning for both me and my family — and I love it! Let me to explain by allowing a few pics to tell the story.
This is me – four months ago. These pics were taken on January 11, 2016. I stepped onto the scales that morning at the heaviest I’ve ever been — 326 pounds. I measured my chest at 54 inches, my waist at 59 inches, and my hips at 52 inches in diameter. I was comfortably wearing my pants at size 42 and all of my shirts were XXL from the Big and Tall section (I’ll never forget the remorse I felt when I finally had to “make the switch”). My blood pressure was entering pre-hypertension territory, my knees hurt, I snored A LOT, and I was chronically exhausted.
My bride dropped hints at my need to make some changes, but made the excuse that I’d everything. I tried Weight Watchers. I counted my calories. I skipped breakfasts and I even quit carbs for a while. I managed to lose a few pounds here and there, but always managed to find them and then some. I needed something different! I needed a totally new way of life.
In April of 2015 two major events rocked my world. On April 11 my family lost my Dad to an intense battle with Cancer at the age of 58. And then two days later on April 13 my third child and first son was born. I then walked through one of the most emotionally confusing times of my life. Sorrow, then joy. Sadness, then giggles. After saying “goodbye” to one of the strongest men in my life, I knew that I too was headed toward an early death and something had to change if I were going to have a different outcome. So on January 11, 2016 embraced the journey toward a new me.
This is me – today. I stepped onto the scales this morning — 273 pounds. And I’ve shed 25 inches from my body. Amber bought me my first pair of size 38 jeans and they fit amazing! Every XXLT shirt that I own fits like a poncho. (I’m comfortable in some of my old XL and XXL shirts from the regular section of the store). My day is FULL of energy, I sleep wonderfully, my knees don’t hurt anymore, and I actually look forward to going for a jog!
So what’s changed? Practically everything. My family eats differently, we exercise, we drink lots of water, I’m taking some supplements, I’ve partnered with a fitness coach, and my overall attitude towards food is vastly unlike anything I’ve experienced. I’m on a journey to the new me.
And I’m far from where I want to be. Up until now, this has been a private journey. I’ve said very little to anyone about my journey to lose 50 pounds. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would stick with it. But here I am, four months later (I’ve never stuck to anything for four months) and I’m more focused and committed to this journey today than ever.
So now I would like to invite anyone and everyone to join me on the journey to lose the next 50 pounds. Maybe you’re living a healthy life and you’d like to cheer me on. Perhaps you’re not satisfied with your journey and it would help if you had someone in your corner to cheer you on. It’s possible you don’t even know where to start. That’s why I want to talk about my journey with the world.
So here’s how it’s going to go. If you’re on Instagram, follow me (@pastorashton), and I’m going to share my updates, some of the best practices I’ve learned, some of our family’s favorite recipes, product recommendations, and tips from my coach. I’d love the encouragement and I’d love to encourage you! You see, I’m chasing my goals, crushing milestones, and living life in ways I’ve never though possible. Let’s do it together!