Everyone meet Rowson from New York:
Here is Rowson's Story:
My Fat2fit journey was an “unexpected” and adventurous journey. In May 2011, I obtained my bachelor’s degree and thought this was the highlight of my life but little did I know it wasn’t. I became severely depressed after being denied by several jobs and owing so much student loans. I looked into foods as my comfort specifically Burger King. I would visit this fast food restaurant four times a week ordering the same thing each time- Double Whopper with cheese, large fries, and large fruit punch. I kept getting bigger and bigger but it never stopped me from having what made me the happiest at that time which was that “juicy burger”.
One day while at work, I started to feel a burning sensation in my chest and felt as if I were going to collapase. I visited the doctor and he said “Rowson, you need to lose weight. You’ve gained 50 pounds in a year”. At this time, I was weighing in at 260 pounds but even though the doctor told me I needed to lose weight I didn’t listen, I still ate burger king and other fast foods. I was depressed and never found happiness in myself. My mother began to lose weight and it motivated me, I said to myself if my mother can do it, so can I! I decided that I was going to give it my all to lose weight, I started making healthier decisions; for breakfast, I would eat oatmeal, and lunch I’d eat a salad, but I slowly got tired of eating the same thing all the time.
I started asking my friends and coworkers for tips on how to lose weight and a coworker had told me about a guy named Drew Manning, she told me he had gained 75 pounds in six months and then gave himself six months to get rid of the weight he gained. I perused his site for weeks, watching all of his videos, reading up on his recipes and his book. I became motivated and decided it was time to change my life. I started my Fat2fit stage in June 2012. After my first week I went from 260 to 255! I was impressed! This gave me motivation to continue doing this until I reached 190(my weight in high school). What amazed me the most was seeing how my family and friends supported me 100% of the way, there were several times where I didn’t have the funds to meal prep and my dad went out and purchased all my food and said “son I support you 100% and don’t give up”. I pushed myself in the gym and the results were simply amazing. I was no longer depressed, I was always smiling, I was back to my old self. Most of all my waist was down from 44 to 36, and weight was down from 260 to 215.
In February 2013, I hit a plateau, and gave up, my parents and best friend kept saying “ Row you need to push yourself” so I emailed Drew asking for his help. Drew helped me to push myself again in the gym and the results followed, I went from 215 to 193 and my waist went from 36 to 33. I can't thank Drew enough for helping me reach my goals.
I always had my preconceived notions about weight loss. Weight loss to me was always just a number, but in reality it isn’t that simple. I no longer have those headaches during the day, my stomach was no longer in knots, I no longer have chest pains, and I am a lot happier. This journey also taught me about self-discipline and hard work, nothing in life comes easy. If you really want something you have to go out and get it. Thank you so much Drew for being there to help me during this journey, you don’t know much this means to me.