Losing Weight: Brandon’s Story

Losing Weight: Brandon’s Story


I’m Brandon. And I’m 17 years old. Through my childhood
and teen years, I’ve gained about 140 pounds. Being overweight is
never a conscious choice. And it’s a lot
easier to gain weight than it is to turn
around and lose it. I started eating fast food. A lot of fast food. And I didn’t know how
to portion it correctly. Eventually, it kind of sunk
in that I had to do something. At that point, I started
riding my bike to school. And it’s just a mile, but
there and back is 2 miles. And it’s just a
little bit faster. Through cycling, I lost
around 70 pounds now. My goal is to
complete a triathlon. A race where you swim for
a set distance, and then hop on a bike, ride a set amount
of miles, and then go on ahead and run. My triggers for
overeating are emotional. Before I used to just sit down
and snack down for a while. And then now I’ll
call my friends and try and go out
for a bike ride. My family’s been very helpful
with my goals to lose weight. They’ve been making sure that
I portion myself correctly. Anything that’s high in
sugar, we try and keep away. Seeing a doctor is
important because you need to know the
nutrition and you need to make sure you keep the
balance between your protein and your carbs. When you eat a little
bit more healthy, you start to feel
the differences. Your moods elevated and
you just feel like you can take on bigger challenges. As I train more, I
find that I’m just a little bit stronger than
the day before– a lot more fit than a month before. My self image has
changed drastically. I’m a lot more confident, a
lot more open with people. And I’m starting to
see the person that I walk around thinking I am. So crossing the finish line,
it just seems so out of reach. But at the same time, I
know it’s going to be there. And I feel like it’s going
to be the most amazing thing.

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