Who Am I?
My name is Shawn, I hail from NYC, and I am the owner and founder of How To Lose Weight, Tighten and Tone, I am a Personal Fitness Trainer and Nutritional Specialist. I have always been interested in the Health and Wellness field for as long as I can remember, even when it was innocent and basic. I mean, who doesn’t want to look their best, right?
So I’ve been into the gym life for as long as I can remember. I’m 40 something now, and we’ll just leave it at that. I recently took my education in the field a bit more seriously while I was in pursuit of my Master’s degree in Psychology. I took a class called the The Mind and Body Divide as an elective and, it really opened my eyes to the importance of the mind on the body and the body on the mind, the interdependence of the two.
It was then that I found myself inspired to pursue this mission: helping people to reach their full potential.
Something personal that people who know me now, do not know unless I tell them, is that I used to have a problem gaining weight. I mean, thin is in now, but it was not always that way.
I remember I was 20 something and I weighed about 165, I was in the gym and I was eating healthily. I could lift heavy and I had a pretty chiseled physique, yet I was more into the bodybuilding aspect of lifting weights and exercise. That was my passion. My father got me The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger when I was 10, well, somewhere around there.
Anyway, that was my motivation, yet for as hard as I tried I just could not keep any weight on me. I would give some credit for that to being young and partying, but my metabolism was also fast. As soon as I would eat something I would run it off. My father was also what you would call a slim man so it was in my genes.
Now – when I hit about, 30 something, I began to be able to retain weight gain. I could really retain weight gain. I did a lot of supplementation of meals with protein shakes and different appetite suppression methods because I was like a kid in the candy store of new found weight plateaus.
I remember at one extreme point I would wake up at 5 a.m. just to eat a steak, have a protein shake, about a dozen eggs and 2 cups of oatmeal and return to bed, just to wake up for breakfast at 8 a.m. and this just accounts for two of the 7-8 meals I would have throughout the day. By the way, I’m 5’10.
So here I am eating like heart disease doesn’t exist and high cholesterol is a long lost friend I can’t wait to come back into contact with. I buried myself in the gym for a few reasons, you know, life has a way of just showing up when you least expect it.
So I had a few issues, because I’m a normal person, 30 something has shown up, I have to be responsible and cannot act like I’m in my raging twenties anymore. So I would build my body, and in order to do that you have to lift BIG, sleep BIGGER and eat the BIGGEST. Needless to say I began to gain 10 lbs. a month.
Looked Great, Felt Terrible
There is no stopping for me as, in my head, 315 will be ideal, I’ll just eat my way there, to massive monster status and whittle and rip myself to shredded wheat afterwards, right? Wrong! I got to 240 and felt like I was in a tight 3 piece suit two sizes too small with a football uniform over it.
I could barely move. My shoulders were so big, I had to turn my whole body to the side as if I had sprained my neck to look sideways. People told me I looked great, they just had no idea how miserable I was.
On Second Thought
So I realized my limitation and got my mind right. I stopped eating like I was insane, I started to breathe better and I began to be able to move again. The only places that I could properly function at that weight was in the gym or in the ocean, because you are light weight in the water. It really was crazy.
Oh, yeah, the 3 piece suit that I felt like I was in, was my skin. It became too tight on me to function, I mean, I could not even perform with my wife the way I would have liked to until I lost some weight, got my wind back and regained my equilibrium.
I’ve Been There
I say all of this to say that I am no stranger to the confines of being overweight. When I was bodybuilding, at my height, I was classified as obese, with a high risk for cardiac arrest and heart disease, not to mention high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
I lost weight as soon as I changed my diet to a Ketosis Diet, which I have chosen to refer to as The Less Is More Diet, I went from 7-8 meals a day to 2-3 and the world changed for me. I could get through a day without 4 naps. I could get up a flight of stairs without 3 breaks. I could get out of the way of a speeding car out of control if need be, I could throw a football with my children and actually run again.
I felt comfortable in my skin again, and I am glad for it. I feel so much better than I did, regardless to how good people say I looked. I used to use one of my shoulders for a pillow at night. This is my experience. I’m now at a healthy weight of 195 lbs., and it looks like I turned back the hands of time. So I not only have the education to enable you to make use of the information I have learned, I also have the experience to put you at ease on this journey. After all, if I can overcome this problem, so can anyone reading this.
If anyone needs assistance or feels like they need a word of reassurance, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page. Until then lets instill that Fry-Weight Mind-State and support each other as we Lose Weight, Tighten and Tone!
Founder of How to Lose Weight, Tighten and Tone.