After 15 years at sea, November 2016 saw me moving from my home land (Italy) to the States to follow one of my dreams. Working on land and stay with my family without leaving much longer than what I was doing before – months at sea, however, I still had to pay the price of leaving my parents behind.
Since my teenage years, I always had a weight problem, obesity was in my blood and the only way I could control it was of course eat healthy and exercise. The life on board has always had ups and downs, I always found myself in control of what I was eating the first month but then my poor rest time… the long hours of work and stress was kicking in and healthy eating was the last thing in my brain as it was hard to keep following.
The end of April 2017 after me and my wife were settling down in our new city, in our mail inbox a post card promotion was inviting us to have a look to one of our nearby gyms, we both thought why not to pass by and see what they have to offer?
Here we went and as you can imagine my fitness journey begins.
In this first picture, I was a little over 80 kilos, OMG, I very often look at this picture to remember what I looked like but also to see how much I have progressed in these months and how I look now in less than one year. Here is something that I want to say to all of you out there: this process takes time and you guys need to understand that is not an easy fix or something that you can do in couple of months and then be back on what you were doing before. This is a Life Style Change and the earlier you understand this the better it is going to be for your mental health and future results.
Three months had passed from that beginning, I had lost about 10 kilos, I was feeling much healthier and I was very happy with my overall progress.
I will not hide that during these three months I had been very disciplined on my diet however some days where more difficult than others.
…was planning milestones for cheat meals. When I was getting to a certain weight then I would reward myself with a meal that I normally could not have but also I was making sure that before that meal I was doing my workout, if not all of it then at least the cardio – in this way I would not store all those calories as a fat but they will have helped me with the post workout recovery.
Today after 10 months from my weight loss journey beginning, I weigh 65,5 kilos and I know I still have a long way to go but I am at the point where the kilos don’t count that much any more, my body is changing and I like the way it is progressing, the fat is been replaced with lean muscle and the overall process is still in progress.
I have learned a lot until today, from nutrition, new recipes, macros and what to choose in the grocery stores or leave behind. Yes, I am still learning and while doing so I love to share my experience with you all, perhaps some one of you can find the right inspiration for your journey too!
Do I like my new lifestyle after all this time? Yes, definitely and cheat meals taste even better since this is usually the kind of food that you don’t eat every day.
Well, this is my little story so far, but also the story is continuing and I am happy you all are a part of it.