My Journey to SELF
Hi, my name is Eric Whisselle. As a child I was pretty active. I played a lot of sports outdoors such as soccer and baseball, as well as ride my bike. My eating habits were not the best as there were 3 children in the home , and not a lot of money coming in. My mother was a single parent, and not having a large income meant not always having the best food to eat.
Weight was not always an issue for me. As a teenager I was a pretty slim guy at 150 lbs. When I turned 21 I started to gain weight . I had poor eating habits, and I become really depressed. At 25 years of age, my weight was at its highest point 525 lbs. At that point I didn’t feel like going outside because I would have to take breaks when I walked . Yet, deep down inside I knew that I had to try to lose weight some how . I have 4 children that I had to depend on as they were growing up. They were the ones who did the things that I needed help with. I would feel as though every time someone looked at me they were talking bad about me because of the way that I looked . It got so bad that I didn’t even want to take the bus anymore.
I went through a lot in my relationship of 20 years with the mother of my children. We were very young (16) when we had our first child. We both had low-income, hence a lot of money issues. When we had our 2nd child, that’s when I started to get really depressed. Once I was depressed, I turned to drugs, as most people do. When I felt alone I would turn to food. That’s where all the weight came from. It was almost 10 years later before I thought I really needed to change. My first grandchild was born and I wanted to live to see the next one. I knew right then that I needed to change, not only for me to live a long healthy life but also to make it up to my family for the weight that I placed on them.
My biggest focus was to lose the pounds I had put on for the past 20 years. I was really kinda lucky, because at the weight that I was at, I didn’t have diabetes; high blood pressure , heart, liver, or kidney issues. I knew once I started to exercise that it would be “easy” for me to turn my life around. I’m not going to lie, there were days that I didn’t want to go to the gym. However, I knew that there was a point in my life that I didn’t want to get back to; so I would get up and go to the gym anyways. I would ask my highest power to help me. To give me the strength to get me to the gym. When I started going to the gym I was about 432 lbs. My ideal weight is to be 230 lbs. Right now I weight 265 lbs. I need to lose 35 more lbs to hit my target!! It’s so close that I can feel it. Once I achieve it, my new goal will be to maintain it. Pray for me.
I am not on any medications, and I didn’t go for any type of surgery to help me lose weight. I did however remove the extra skin after I lost 150 lbs. I use Whey Fusion protein supplements. I start my day with a protein shake; then at about 9 o’clock I have fruit; at 10:30 I have a meal of (chicken and vegetables); and at 3:30 I have almost the same meal again. Whenever I feel hungry I have another shake or protein bar. When I’m done my workout in the evening I have my second protein shake. With that being said I eat my carbs in the morning. Every Saturday night is my cheat night, and I spend it with a team from my gym.
There’s a lot of things that I have never been able to do. I would like to run a marathon (42 km) in Ottawa, Ontario. I would also like to go white water rafting with my kids. A young lady at the gym that I workout in always says “where there’s an unfit body, there’s a fit body wanting to break free” I remember that often, and it’s helping me to attain my goals. I knew when I was 500 lbs that I wanted to do something about the way that I looked, I just didn’t know where to start. The effort required to move in the opposite direction, seemed impossible. I know how difficult it is to break free of the bad habits. It requires a great deal of will power, and support from the people around you . I know that true friends are the hardest to find, but I actually had a friend who wouldn’t eat unhealthy around me because he knew how much of a struggle it was for me. It always helps to have a trainer and being around a group of people who can motivate you.
For me that place became Curd and the team at http://hostyleconditioning.com/ and I thank them dearly.
I would like to help motivate anyone who wants to have a better life style and fitter body. It’s a daily struggle, and believe me, I know what it feels like, and I never want to go back there. I don’t have a blog site, however I will accept emails to my FB account Eric Whisselle (Ottawa, ON). Feel free to contact me directly, I’d love to hear from you.
Live by choice, not by chance.