“When I transferred to Ole Miss in
2000 I weighed 270 pounds. During my
time on campus, I woke up & worked out many mornings at the Turner Center
before my classes started. There were
many days when I worked out twice a day.
I stopped drinking sodas, eating junk food, etc. I dropped 50 pounds & I weighed 220
pounds. Therefore, when I graduated from
the University in 2002 I was very proud of myself because all of my hard work
paid off. That’s when my struggles
began. I relapsed on Dr. Peppers, reverted
back to some of my old ways, stopped working out & started eating a lot of
unhealthy foods again. So from August
2002 to October 2014, I gained 66 pounds!
I was disgusted with myself. I was disappointed in myself. I wanted to do something about it but all I
did was think about it, talk about it & do nothing about it. Then I started developing sporadic pains in
my chest near my heart. I foolishly
never went to the doctor to get checked out.
I wouldn’t advise anyone to do that.
In 2013, a friend of mines invited me to join Mr. Shut Up & Train’s
21 Day Fitness Challenge with her. I
reluctantly joined but when it was over I was glad I did because I lost 10
pounds. However, on the last day of that
challenge I partially tore my Achilles tendon at work. Despite changing my eating habits & being
immobile due to an injury that required no surgery but physical therapy, I
gained that 10 pounds back. I was
discouraged but I had a strong desire to commit myself to living a healthier
lifestyle & to lose all the weight I gain since graduating from Ole Miss.
In September 2014, my friend
invited me to join another 21 Day Fitness Challenger with her. Once again I reluctantly joined. If I remember correctly I think I lost 5
pounds. I was back down to 286 pounds. When that challenge was over my best friend
surprised me with a 3 month gym membership at Bam Fitness in Nettleton, MS on
October 11th, 2014. God has
truly blessed me with a few select true friends who truly love me & care
about my well-being. When she did that,
I had no more excuses. I had to get to
work. I had to do it. At that very moment, I fully committed to
living a healthier lifestyle while challenging myself to become better
mentally, physically & spiritually.
I became focused, dedicated & made the necessary changes needed in
order to reach my weight goal.
6 months & 19 days later on
April 30th, 2015 I finally met my goal weight of 220 pounds without
taking any dietary supplements, pills, etc.
At the present moment, I weigh 216 pounds & which means that I’ve
lost 70 pounds! Despite already
achieving my goal, I remain committed to living a healthier lifestyle while
taking better care of my temple which is my body that houses my soul. I want others who are dealing with various
health issues & those who want to get in shape to know that it is possible
if you’re willing to defy your fears, anxieties & doubts which all conspire
to make you think that it is impossible.
No more excuses. If can do it
then you can do it also. Don’t wait to lose that weight because if you keeping on
waiting you’ll keep on gaining more weight.
The owners & trainers at Bam
Fitness have been very professional & supportive of my efforts to live a
healthier lifestyle. Their facility is
one of quality & it has everything thing needed to help you reach your
goals. However, workout equipment in any
gym isn’t going to move by itself unless you get it to moving. I am committed to creating a new me & you
should too. To learn more about my
journey to live a healthier lifestyle please visit my inspirational blog at http://www.smafirm.tumblr.com. I hope my story inspired you. God is great!” Joseph Ivy