Who: Bruce Parker
Occupation: Deloitte consulting partner
By The Numbers: 247 pounds at my heaviest, 220 currently pounds, for a total weight loss of 27 pounds.
The Weight Gain: I always had a solid build. My hockey playing days started at age four, and in my teens and twenties, I was very active and fit because of it. I remember going with my mother to get my first suit at age 14, and the man fitting me said, "Wow, he’s very muscular for his size.” I was quite proud of this.
But the weight really started when I was finished school and started working full-time. It would go up and down with the amount of physical activity I would do. I was never one to go to the gym, but I continued to play hockey recreationally. As my career progressed, my travel demands increased dramatically, and my eating habits were clearly not the best.
Final Straw: In 2014, I got married to a beautiful woman named Annie. For the last five years, she had been battling breast cancer. A few months before we were married, her cancer returned and almost paralyzed her through an attack on the spinal cord. It was a very scary time.
In May, we were married, and her recovery was nothing short of a miracle. She is currently cancer-free and is my inspirational leader. I started going to the gym that July.
The Plan of Attack: Over the course of the last year, my wife and I were excited to see a Life Time Athletic club being built just five minutes from our home. At first, I started on the treadmill for 45 minutes a day and after a week or so, I started to feel good about my commitment level. I decided to keep progressing in my workouts.
Next was the eating habits. It started with little things like eating breakfast regularly and trying not to have a big dinner after 7 p.m. I also cut out anything fried, which helped tremendously.
I started working with a personal trainer, Khal. He was an awesome point of inspiration in this journey, really stressing the mind-body connection. In three months, I had lost over 25 pounds and I am not so much concerned about the numbers, but more about how I feel. I would like to lose another 25 pounds by the end of 2015, but more importantly, I want to be in good physical condition and have made lasting changes in my eating choices.
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The Exercise Factor: Now I have a daily routine that consists of about one hour of total body workout super sets and one hour of fat burning on the treadmill. One thing I am very proud of is now being able to do 50 plus push-ups in my routine. Not a lot for real fitness nuts. A lot for me because prior to joining the gym I may have done 50 push-ups through my whole life!
The Food Element: In the morning, I quite often have a protein shake made of spinach or kale, avocado, and pineapple. It keeps me full until lunch and tastes great!
The hardest adjustment for me is eating so much at the beginning of the day. Eating well while on the road is still difficult and I have found some tricks like keeping protein bars in my computer bag helps to reduce the reliance on high-fat fast food.
I have not really focused on calories because my daily workout routine burns many calories. I know I run a deficit every day so I know I am OK if I stick to the plan.
The Current Day-to-Day: My days are very hectic. I am up between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m., and out the door by 6:30 a.m. when I am not traveling. This year, I am on track for over 100 flights and over 100,000 miles. My work takes me to all parts of the world. I am surprising myself, to be honest, that I am able to carve out two hours a day to work out routinely. It proves to me that if it is important enough you find the time. The fact that my wife is so supportive helps a lot. She routinely goes to the gym and her results are amazing.
I am an introvert, so I don’t need continuous pats on the back. My trainer Khal encourages my progress in a way that motivates me. He is genuinely excited about the progress, which really keeps me going.
For sure that I could have started this sooner. I am not one to dwell on the past, so considering the results so far, I really have no regrets.
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