Name: Joel Almonte
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Starting weight: 425 pounds
Final weight: 170 pounds
Time is running out: 8 years
I had struggled with weight most of my life. For most of my childhood, I was always a fluffy, stocky child, and I was bullied a lot, which made me believe I wasn’t worth much. These feelings last for years.
When I was in college in the early 2000s, I was a world heavyweight champion in fashion diets. If he promised to lose weight, I would give him the time of day. But I always reacted by lifting weights again, even when I finished the diet.
For example, I followed the Atkins diet just as it was gaining momentum across the country. Following the diet and training six days a week for 1
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After losing weight on Atkins, I arrogantly thought I could get back in better shape because I had done it before. I always said, “I’ll start tomorrow.”
After college I worked from home and before I knew it, the scales at home, with a capacity of 350 pounds, read an error. I had to use the scales in the doctor’s office. I weighed 425 kilograms.
I love my friends to the death, but no one said anything as I kept gaining weight; I don’t think they wanted to hurt my feelings. Then, when everyone told me, my mood plummeted. Depressed by poor food relations, I returned home to Brooklyn in 2007 to seek help.
Before making changes to my diet, I ate things like a few thousand calorie McDonald’s breakfast six days a week. Dinner will include two liters of soda. I probably kept a Chinese buffet with me in business. My order from Starbucks was two valves of mocha frappuccino several times a week.
Although I knew it wasn’t the healthiest thing, I felt it could just stop, but you can’t just stop this behavior. You need to determine what makes you lean on support food instead of as intended. I began to have a better relationship with myself, and I finally realized that there was no quick fix. I had to take it one day. In some cases, it was one meal at a time.
Over time, I was able to supplement my diet with pure protein, fruits and vegetables. I would look at what activities I had done that day and think about what I should eat to maintain strength and energy. What do you pay for yourself that helps you do the things you want to do?
Besides, I was striving for consistency, not perfection. At one point it was considered a personal failure, but I began to look at the whole thing. How much better have you been with food and exercise in the last 15 days?
By making these changes, I was able to lose £ 150 by 2009.. Then I realized that I still had to make other changes.
As we remembered a friend one day, we wondered when the last time one of us fell to the ground and did 10 push-ups. We humbly managed to perform only two very careless push-ups.
Then I realized that my running must be a hot mess, too. I waited until the sun went down so people couldn’t see me. She must have traveled a quarter of a mile at most before she was completely out of breath and disappointed that I had allowed myself to get to this point. This is a common thought for those who deal with a number of mental health problems.
But I passed someone sitting on a bench who said, “Nice work,” that was really great to hear.
I took it as a personal challenge to be able to run a mile again without stopping – and I achieved that goal in two weeks. I also tried to go back to the gym, but it was counterproductive because I would give up going to the gym on the way. To run, I just had to tie the strings and leave.
Of course, there was a lot of walking at first, but I went out there. By 2011, I became a weekend warrior jogging. Then a friend said I probably couldn’t finish my hometown of the New York Marathon. It was not meant to be evil, but it sowed seed.
It will take three years, but in 2014 I passed my first marathon final in New York.
Through changes in running and eating habits, my weight is now 170 kilograms. I am 42 years old and I am faster, more athletic and stronger than ever. I have healthier relationships and are now seriously considering taking Ironman under my resume by 2022.
For anyone who wants to go on such a trip, my advice is to make a plan and sometimes this plan should be only for the next 24 hours, not a challenge of a whole week or month.
Also, be your biggest cheerleader. People will support, love and encourage you, but if you are not the biggest fan, get there. This is for you and your long-term health. These people you see in these transformations may be you, but none of that has happened in 12 weeks. Have a carrot at the end of a stick and run until the world becomes your carrot. For me, my next race was a motivation to continue it and stay on top of my health and training. I don’t need that much these days. Now I’m looking forward to racing, just to be around other runners.
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