My name is Jeff “JB” Boswell I’m 26 years old and here is my story on how I lost 159lbs.
It was in 2011, I just turned 25, and looked at myself in the mirror and asked myself ‘who am I’ and “how did I get so big.”
At that time I weighed 379 lbs and was very unhappy. I didn’t feel good about myself…. so with the help of the my lord Jesus Christ and my friend, who is also my personal trainer, (Sam Johnson) I decided to make a change.
For the first two weeks my trainer had me doing weight and resistance training and very intense cardio sessions. So after the two weeks were over, Sam told me that if I really wanted results, it was going to be up to me. So from then on I worked out by myself… And honestly…. the first couple of weeks were really rough and sometimes I questioned whether this was really worth it or not. Finally I made the decision, because if I didn’t change my ways, I was going to have long term health issues or possibly die an early death.So realizing I had to change my ways, I attacked it at full force. After working out intensely for 6 weeks, I lost 28lbs in that time. By the 4th month I lost 50lbs. Knowing that I lost 50lbs in just 4 months, I finally believed that I can really lose weight and begin living a healthy life. So in 7 months I reached the century mark in losing 100lbs.
At this time I wasn’t only melting the fat away, I was also melting the self doubt and the unhappiness away; I wasn’t just gaining muscle, but I gained confidence and joy.
Well I’ve been working out for about 14 months and now the gym is part of my everyday life; just as routine as the way we brush our teeth and take a shower every day. I couldn’t be more happy than I am today. Also, when people see me these days, they either compliment me or sometimes give me a double take because they don’t recognize me.
Before and After health
When I started working out I was 379 lbs with 45% body fat, Now 14 months later, I’m 218 lbs with 22% body fat, with a total loss of 161 lbs and 23% body fat lost.
My workout is simple it involves weights, Abs workout, and cardio. For weights I use light weights but a lot of reps and workout out one muscle group for each day.
Mon-Biceps/Triceps, Tues-Legs, Wed-Chest, Thurs-Shoulders, and Friday-Back.
For cardio I jog on the treadmill for about 20 minutes and workout on the stair master for 10 minutes, also I use the elliptical from time to time.
My abs workout consists of simply sit-ups, incline crunches, and cross crunches.
My eating habits before were very horrible they consisted of fast food almost every day, cakes and other fatty deserts, and sodas and other drinks with high fructose corn syrup.
Since then, I have dramatically changed my eating habits:
I eat oatmeal for breakfast.
For lunch I eat grill chicken and veggies.
Dinner I usually eat some type of baked or roasted chicken with brown rice.
Can it be done?
Yes it can be done, but it’s going to be up to the person who really wants to change. I hear a lot of people always talking that they want to lose weight, but don’t want to do the necessary work to achieve that goal. Just believe in yourself and take each workout one workout at a time, and before you know it; you’re going to achieve your health goal and feel good about yourself. I thank you for listening to my story.