Men's Health Week: Shaun's Story

I started my weight loss journey to ensure I would be around for my kids long term. I was experiencing some major health issues when I decided to make some major lifestyle changes. Previously I had never been able to stick to a diet and my weight was like a yo-yo, losing 10 pounds and gaining 15 back.

The ultimate decision to lose weight came when I needed a new pair of pants. I went to the big and tall store to look for a pair of jeans, selecting a pair that looked like they would fit I headed to the change room, to my disappointment they did not. I asked for help and was given a different size, they were a little snug, but would do the trick. When I took them off to buy them, I looked at the tag, waist size 50 inches - my heart sank. I looked at myself in the mirror and wondered, why the hell had I let myself get to this point?

My kids and wife were waiting outside the dressing room as I came out, they knew something wrong by the expression on my face. As I looked at them I realized if I did not do something, I would not be around much longer. On the way home that day, I began researching diets, knowing I needed to find something that I could stick to for the long term and that would work for me. I looked at a few diets that I thought could work; Paleo, CICO and Keto, Keto seemed like something I could stick to, eliminating carbs seemed doable for me.

As I began my journey, I wanted to track my weight loss. I had not been on a scale for a while, stepping onto the scale and seeing I was 345 pounds motivated me. I wanted to ensure I would stay on target with my new diet and way of life. I was tired of having back and knee pain while walking, I wanted to be able to get out and play sports with my kids which at this point was almost impossible. I was determined to change for myself and for my family.

As the weight started to come off my ability to be active increased. I began by walking 10,000 steps a day, which led to jogging a few blocks at a time and then became running a few km’s. Becoming active prompted me to set a goal to work towards. I thought about what the old Shaun might deem to be impossible, Triathlon came to mind, so, I found a local triathlon and signed up. I purchased a road bike and began training for my triathlon. I had a goal in mind for the time of my triathlon, I wanted to weigh 250 pounds, at the time of the race. Race day came and I was 225 pounds and felt great. I completed the triathlon, I didn’t break any records, but the fact that I was able to finish the swim, run and bike when eight months prior I had a hard time walking any distance at all, was amazing.

After completing the triathlon, I continued my weight loss journey, I started going to the gym and working out. I lifted weights five days a week and continued running and biking during the warmer months. In less than a year I had lost 150 pounds and I was keeping it off. There were a few bumps in the road; some months I did not lose any weight, some months I even gained a bit of weight, but staying active and eating healthy has kept my weight in check and made my 41st year one of the healthiest ever for me.

If I were going to give advice to anyone out there looking to lose weight - find your reason why. That reason will help you through the cravings, help you get back on the horse when you do have a cheat meal. This is a marathon and not a race. Just keep consistent.

Considering insurance with us? Let us help you decide.

Submit your information and any questions and we will send the answers you need to make the right decision on a policy.