In this era of selfies, we are flooded with images of the physical body. That’s what countless people tend to fall in love with – the visually perfect body. And that is completely normal. We sometimes forget about the mental strength you must build to be healthy and get into shape.
But, it isn’t enough to transform your body. It is your motive, your result, your goal you have set for yourself that drives you to use your power to make that lifestyle change. Andy Albertson of Wichita Falls, Texas understood this and changed his mindset which allowed him to continue his weight loss progress.
Andy Albertson’s Weight Loss Story
317 pounds – that’s a threatening number to have to stare you in the face, especially when deep down you want to transform. The thing is, that he hadn’t always weighed that much. When he was a child he used to play basketball, soccer, and baseball. But when he was 14 he started to gain weight fast.
In junior high, school kids called him Andyopolis, alluding that he looked as big as a city. He even had a teacher who gave candies to kids that called him out in front of the class.
The bullies kept on through high school at which point he weighed 240 pounds, standing 5 feet and 5 inches tall. All this led Andy to find comfort in food.
According to Andy, that’s the cycle. You get sad and you eat to feel better and then you have eaten and you feel bad about it and you eat again.
Even into college, Andy didn’t care what people think. But he hated the way he looked and felt.
Andy’s Weight Loss Journey
It all started in January of 2015. Andy started at the gym for 60 minutes a day. He noticed the results of his choice to get healthy. In his first month, he lost 20 pounds and eventually lost 40 more.
Mental Block #1
At about the 60-pound mark, Andy hit a mental block that delayed his progress but he knew that he had to do something or he would gain his weight back.
Andy knew what he wanted and he knew how to get it. It was his work with Jerry Hughes, his personal trainer. Andy stuck to Hughes’ strict workout regimen which necessary cardio every day and hard exercises 3 days a week.
The first month’s results? 20 pounds and over 24 inches.
Mental Block #2
Andy’s progress continued so much so that he lost 140 pounds of his 170 weight loss goal. Again, he hit a mental block that he couldn’t seem to get over. This mental detachment came with explanations for why he wanted to stop.
But Hughes met him with inspiration. He reminded Andy how far he had come.
This shows the importance of having something or someone that keeps you inspired and reminds you of your potential.
On his Facebook profile, Andy wrote that on January 29th he took part in my first 5k run and that it is just another step in his journey. He finishes his post with a question: Are you ready to start your journey?
Focus on the question at the end. Are you ready? Andy’s done it and you’ve seen it. He will certainly hit more mental blocks along the way.
Andy’s 3 Steps for Success
What’s best about his tips is that they’re not just related to losing weight. They’re a great approach to life.
1. Do the Research
When you’re going out to a restaurant with a family, friends, or on your own study the menu carefully and make the best diet choice!
Andy says that he checks the nutrition of whatever it is he is going to order.
2. Have a Buddy
Life is easier when you have someone you care about and who cares about you. His mother, Mary, change her diet and exercising habits when Andy started his journey to show support.
Andy says that having that person there when you are struggling helps a lot.
3. Give it a Shot
You never know how you or your opinion of something will change until you try. So do that. It may make a difference.
If you go to the gym and change the way you eat, you will soon see the result that will keep you motivated.
Practical Weight Loss Tips
Discover your body type and choose the best workouts for you.
If you’re just getting started or want to start you can try this four-minute fat-burning exercise or this 10 week, gym-free home workout plan.