How to make a bad "before" picture

Submitted by: Paul Foster

Jim's Success Story

Here's a question - How do I to make a bad ‘before' picture?Graduate from college, gain a modest 5lbs per year, go into a profession where you will spend lots of time sitting at a desk, get a second job adjunct teaching at night, make sure to skip dinner on the nights you teach, and then eat like you invented food at 10:00 at night. On regular work days, don't forget to snack on the way home, just in case dinner is late. Do this and 20 years after college you too can find yourself 100 lbs. overweight. Convince yourself that the reason you feel tired is because you work so hard, not because of the weight-related sleep apnea you've developed. Tell yourself your doctor is just a hyper-cautious, overly defensive, scared-of-lawsuits quack when he puts you on blood pressure medicine. Live this way for a few years, just resigned to the fact that's the size you're meant to be.

Ah, but here's the solution to this math problem. Recognize that your doctor really cares about you, but probably gets tired of preaching to you. So, when he says, "You'll lose weight when you're ready to get serious about losing weight", decide that the time to get serious is now. So the math starts getting simpler: take in fewer calories, burn more. Boom, weight starts coming off. Blood pressure goes down.

I started going to Paul Foster at Pungo Personal Training in June 2013, and it's the best decision I have made in a loooong time. Paul genuinely cares about the health of his clients, all while making it fun. The first thing he did was give me a food log, to write down what I was eating. That alone is a great eye-opener. I'm in a group that works out 3 x per week at 6:00 a.m. Sounds early, but it's a great way to start the day. Our workouts are never the same, and they are FUN! I have to admit that when I first saw the studio, I thought- "well they don't have as much equipment as the big gyms"; I promise you that with a couple of 10 lb. dumbbells, a rubber resistance band, and a couple of other simple things, Paul will have you sucking wind in no time flat.

I'm not yet a fanatic, but exercise is close to becoming a habit again. No matter where you are, you can squeeze 30 minutes of some type of exercise into your day. Two weekends ago we were out of town, and I found myself jumping rope and doing push-ups in the hotel parking lot, followed by a short jog.

So far I've lost 25 lbs, but I know I have many more to go. What little success I've had thus far has given me the confidence to know that if I stick with it, I can get back to a much healthier version of my old self. Losing 100 lbs. seemed like an insurmountable task. But now I realize all I need to do is lose 1 or 2 lbs, and then just do that again (and again and again...) Anyone can lose 1 or 2 lbs. I'm feeling better, looking better, and just overall happier. Whether you choose individual sessions or small group, Pungo Personal Training is a great place to help you start that journey back a healthier life. For me, working with a small groups is cost-effective and a great source of encouragement from my work-out mates. Do it! You won't regret it. Oh, yeah, did I mention you'll have fun, too?


Jim Before


Jim After