Wow what a transformation and story!!! Stories like these inspire me to share the gift of nutrition and want to help others get their health back! Read below from Mert Karakilic:
As a numbers guy, I knew in order to achieve my goals, I had to have measurable goals. 100lbs released in 100 weeks (one pound average a week, very moderate, realistic and achievable goal) was the first target.
Also knew that I needed to be accountable with my activities which I had none at the time so got a step tracker. I was doing barely 1000 steps a day! I set a target to get to the daily recommended 10K slowly increasing my steps on average per day by 500 week after week until I reached the desired goal. At one point, (I was averaging 17K steps a day with our second son William). Eventually, besides walking, I was exercising at home every morning. I pushed away kids toys to open up some space for me to do my HIIT training daily in our living room/play room and put it back to where they were after I am done.
Eventually I started going to the gym, (these days 6 days a week plus one day HIIT cardio at home), introduced macronutrient tracking to my daily routine, have 4-5 meals a day, eating around nutrient dense 3400 calories daily while maintaining the peak shape of my life having energy of a teenager.
Were these changes easy, no, did I do it since day 1, no, did I give up some days and restarted several times, yes. So please don't give me “I cant!” excuse. It is a matter of “willing to do what it takes” or “living in daily misery”. I chose life hanging on to my WHY oh-so-dearly, my kids, some days more than the other. It is never easy but being buried under all that fat was much much harder. Not being able to pick up my kid when he needed a shoulder to cry because my back was hurting was much harder, worrying about not being there for them when they need me in future was horrible.
It may be hard to wrap your head around this message now, I get it, been there for forty years. It was much more “comfortable” to stay the same, off of spotlight, minding everyone else’s business (making them a priority) but my own (making myself a priority).