WHO AM I?
Who Am I? My name is Christian Evans. As of January 2016, I am 34 years old. I was born, raised, and currently reside in Peoria, Illinois.
Losing weight starts in your MIND. It is not about the diet. It is not about the gym. It is not about someone’s program. It’s about changing the way you think. Letting yourself know it is time to make a change. Setting a goal in your head and doing what you have to do to accomplish that. With this mentality, on
May 5th 2014, I weighed in at 215lbs!
A goal I set and accomplished by transforming my mind that reflected physically. I started my journey at 402lbs on July 5th 2013. I lost 187lbs within a ten-month period. I did not take any diet pills (although I have in the past), have surgery, or any other crazy fad that is out to lose my weight. It took loving myself and the will power to succeed.
Being 400 plus pounds, I was always droggy, angry, constantly frustrated, rarely happy and in denial about it all. I had severe sleep apnea where I had to sleep with a cpap machine. This was embarrassing. I was taking high blood pressure medication to add insult to injury.
September 2008, I lost my mother to complications from breast cancer. CANCER SUCKS! Growing up in a single parent home, she was all that I had. I have brothers, but she was my all. Her passing put me in a dark place. I thought the high blood pressure attack (I was admitted to the hospital when I was 24 with a severe headache that turned out to be a borderline stroke) was the lowest point in my life, but her passing dwarfed that 100 times over. 2011 I lost my cousin to a heart attack. He was like an older brother to me. The very next year I lost my Grandmother. Words can’t describe how much I loved her. I loved them all. Their passings were eye openers. One way or another they were all health related.
Life goes on whether you want it to or not after something like that. I had to go back to working my 12-hour shifts as a manager after my mother passed. I was left with the mortgage. Bills still had to be paid. I had to step up to take the leadership role and take care of my family. I have worked in the food industry since I was 16. I am constantly around food. When my family members passed I drowned my sorrows in food. The access to it was literally in arms reach.
I had to be honest with myself. I had to change my mind as well as my diet. I was out of control. No one is responsible for me but ME! I had to OWN IT! This journey I knew I had to go on it alone. I couldn’t depend on anyone to do the work for me. Throughout my years of eating, I did not know the severity of what I was eating. I’m a meat and potatoes, corn and bread eating mid-westerner. I would try to add veggies in here and there but mostly that was my diet. I have a mean sweet tooth! I LOVE cakes, cookies, brownies, and any type of new candy that came out. I had to have it. I do not blame anyone for my actions. This is what you have to do. Own what you’ve done, learn, and grow from it.
Watching several films on juice detoxing and the food industry/supply inspired me. I saw the amazing weight loss body transformations these people had by educating themselves and reducing their food intake. There were no drugs, no pills, no quick fixes (at least from what I watched). I was becoming aware of the problem they had which was the need for change. The mental clarity and increased energy they had during and after the process of losing weight, was something I had dreamed of having.
I started to look at everything different. I looked at what I was eating. “How” I was eating for the past 30 years was out of control. One major factor that I learned while doing my research was that everyone had educated themselves on what they were eating. Now when I say “what they were eating”, I mean, I had never given it any thought before hand. Where did, what I was eating, come from? How was it raised? How was it grown? What did it eat? These thoughts had NEVER came in my head before. I had always “heard” about meat being laced with hormones and steroids to make us bigger as a people but I didn’t take it serious. Pesticides and a new terminology that I learned GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) were riddled all through our produce supply.
I learned why I would eat and feel the need to eat more after about an hour or so. It was the feeling of never being “satisfied”. My body was craving for something more. At the time I didn’t have a clue what it was. Ignorance kept me running back to the fridge. I was lacking the proper vitamins and nutrients. This is what my body was craving.
After a few months of investigating on how I was going to change, I decided to go on an all-natural fast. July 5th 2013 was Day 1 of my fast. I was 31 years old, 6 foot 3, and 402lbs! I wanted to see if I had the strength to go a year with proper diet and exercise. I cut out refined sugars and processed foods. Freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices, all natural smoothies, herbal teas, soups, and healthy meals is what I consumed.
Being honest with myself gave me the strength to persevere to see this journey through. After two months of fasting I lost 80lbs! I consumed only liquids, teas, and smoothies for those first 80lbs. NO SOLIDS. That was a step that I had to challenge myself to take. I had never imagined that I would lose that amount of weight so quick. I had never felt better in my life. Every day the weight kept coming off. I stuck with what worked, and it did. There were tough days but I hung in there. The results motivated me. Going to the gym daily finally made sense. I had the diet to supplement the workouts to give me the results I had always wanted. I had increased energy, mental clarity, and most of all I wasn’t angry all of the time. My two months were up, so of course I splurged on the junk that I missed out on! I knew my work wasn’t done. About two weeks later I put myself under for another fast. I would do it 10-20lbs at a time, then come back up for air. I kept at this process until I reached my goal of 215lbs, May 2014. There is no turning back now. This is a lifestyle change.
The real challenge is to keep the weight off. I went from a 5XL shirt to a Medium. A size 52 waist to a size 32/34 waist. I had been in a size 15 shoe. Losing my first 100 pounds, the swelling in my feet left. I now wear a size 14 shoe! That was unexpected. These results make me never want to go back to the person that I was. One of my biggest accomplishments to date is running 6 miles. The farthest I had run before was maybe a mile on the treadmill. I felt like dying being 400lbs and running. I thought I was going to cough up a lung, lol.
I decided to share my story by creating this blog-site
I have a lot in store for this blog-site. This will give you an in depth view of my weight loss journey as well as how I am currently maintaining it. Weight loss is really a lifestyle change. Change starts in your mind. Once you change your mind you will be ready to change your life. I will try to provide you quality content via blog posts and videos. I will try to keep it updated as much as possible. I am a private person so letting you into my life and sharing it to you is new for me. Please bare with me.
I never imagined inspiring as many people as I have through my weight loss. I did not lose weight with the intention for attention. I lost weight for me. I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. No more anger, high blood pressure medicine or sleep apnea. My outlook on life is more love, positivity and encouragement to myself as well as others.
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