I grew up in a small town in south Texas. The kind of town that is known for its mexican food and the infamous Dairy Queen. I was extremly active and always playing outside, but was still always heavy. I never understood why I was fat and my friends were not. This bothered me to the core my whole childhood. My parents didn’t know why either, they would simply say “You just haven’t hit your growth spurt yet. When you get older and taller, youll lean out”. In retrospect, the problem was so obvious you would think anybody would see it, but my parents and my thought process was not wired into nutrition. Food lived purely in our subconcious. Eating was something that you simply did and did not think about, like breathing or cell replication to a certain extent. I continued to live in this oblivion all the way until High School. I distincly remember the moment when I was pushed into the corner like a dog and my instincts took over. After years of being depressed while shopping for clothes and steadily needing larger sizes. Always looking into the mirrors and loathing what I was. Like the dog pushed too far, I snapped. I realized that this weight problem was never going to go away, unless I fight for my life. By this time I was 15 years old, 5’8, and weighed over 270 lbs.
In Feburary of 2006, I saved my life. This was not the date that I lost my weight, this was the date that I fixed the problem. I made a commitment to myself and I had to live up to it. I began reading everything I could get my hands on regarding weight loss. The number one thing I saw in every source, nutrition. Light Bulb! You have got to be kidding me. It was one of those moments that you cannot beleive yourself. You cannot believe that the answer was so simple and you knew it all along, but it was just in you subconsious and not in your foreground. It all starts with food.
So what did I do to lose weight? I kept it as simple as I could, my father taught me the accronym “KISS” at a young age. Five things.
1. I ate a western omlete for breakfast every morning and a large salad with chicken, fish, or fajita meat with avacado slices and salsa for dressing every day.
2. Drank only water and coffee.
3. I ran everyday, rain or shine.
4. I lifted heavy weights.
5. Slept good every night.
Did it get boring? Heck no, it got results. What is boring about losing weight every day? To me, it doesn’t get more exciting than that. One year and 2 months later I had lost over 100 lbs. I went from 270 to 165. At the time, I had no idea what paleo or primal was, but looking back on it now, that was the exact method I used. It just made sense. I have learned a lot sense then, the things I did right and the things I did wrong and I have been using the proven methods on my clients ever since. This way they learn from my mistakes and can take the quickest road to results.
During my weight loss journey I was blessed with opportunities that were also life changing. One day while I was lifting weights at my gym, the manager and personal trainer came up to me. He said “I have seen you come here for a year now. You are the talk of the gym. It’s a beautiful thing to watch someone with such dedication and drive to come in here without miss and achieve his goals. How would you like to work here?” This would be the beginning of a life path that I never could have seen coming and has given me such passion and joy that I will forever be thankful for.
Long story short, thanks to a continued passion for nutrition, health, and weight training I stumbled upon Robb Wolf, then Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson, Able James, Jimmy Moore, Chris Kresser, Dave Asprey, and many more great people who are spreading the message out there and helping millions of people. So, I am now a paleo/primal certified personal trainer in San Marcos, Texas and all around the world via the online training and I’m in the business of changing lives.