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Name: Marqus Taylor
Before Weight: 510 pounds
How I Gained It: I've been a heavier person since childhood. I was never one to be active or exercise. As I got older, I continued to get bigger because of the foods I ate and being inactive.
Before I began working out, I ate everything I probably should not have been eating. I was never big on sweets, but ice cream was a weakness of mine, and I could eat an entire box of it in one sitting. I was also big on Philly cheese steaks and burritos and would consume two or three a day, plus any fries or chips I would have with it. Many of my meals came from fast food restaurants like Pizza Hut and Burger King. I also ate lots of fried foods at a time, usually two to three servings. I was also a heavy drinker, so that was part of my problem as well.
I was tired and out of breath just from a simple walk. My self-esteem was always low because I was uncomfortable with how I looked. I have never ridden on a roller coaster as an adult.
Breaking Point: In 2011, after conversations with a personal trainer, I decided to finally do something about it. I had watched my mother suffer from diabetes, kidney failure and finally her untimely death due to her being overweight. It was really just time to put forth an effort.
How I Lost It: I began training with a personal trainer twice a week and changed up my eating. Without the help of my trainer, Brian Harris, I would not have been able to stay motivated. In the first few months, although I was seeing results, it was still extremely hard. I was feeling pain I had never experienced and missed foods I had for years loved to eat. As more months went by, I saw my energy and stamina rapidly increase and before I knew it, I was jogging. I had never jogged in my life. I didn't know what to expect or how I would feel. As much as I wanted to quit, I didn't give in. As I began to jog more, I noticed it began to get easier and my stamina was increasing rapidly. I began to enjoy jogging very much, something I never thought I would be able to do. I stayed focused and worked hard for where I am at today.
Now that I have changed my lifestyle, I always watch what I eat. I always make sure I drink at least one gallon of water a day. I adds lots of fruits and vegetables to my daily intake throughout the day. I'm also big on whole wheat and fiber products. No white bread, sugar, salt, red meat or fried foods. The meats I eat are turkey, fish or chicken and are always baked or grilled. I stay away from restaurants and fast food and make sure I am cooking and eating balanced meals. I do lots of cardio workouts now, including 10 to 20 minutes each on the elliptical, treadmill, stationary bike and StairMaster. I also like to add jumping rope, as well as various abs and pushup exercseis. Occassionally, I will go for a swim. When the weather is good, I like to jog a couple of miles outside.
At 160 pounds lighter, I feel great. I'm not where I want to be just yet but it's coming.
Current Weight: 350 pounds. I would like to get down to between 220 and 230 pounds.
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