Story Title: From Fat To Fit
by: Jet Luga
I’m Jet Luga. I’m 22 years old and I’m currently based in the great province of Cebu. In October of 2012, I made a commitment to get fit and healthy. Why? Because I badly needed to do so.
Throughout my life up to that point, I had been the ‘fat kid’. At my peak, I weighed over 280 lbs. I wasn’t fit at all. I had all the vices and junk food rotting my system to its core. Looking back, it was a wonder I even had the strength to get out of bed every morning. I had always been considered overweight even when I was a kid. Of course, the scare tactics of heart disease and obesity never shook me. I had always believed that one day, I’d eventually find the time to lose all my fat and get fit. I had all my academics and extra-curricular activities to serve as my alibis to postpone my fitness journey.
In the 4th quarter of 2012, I had just come back home to Cebu after spending 4 years at De La Salle University in Manila. I was without a job, and really, without much to do. I thought to myself that this was a better time than ever to actually just take myself up on the promise I had made to actually get in shape. I had no more excuses.
I did what any modern-age man would do if he wanted to get something done. I scrounged the internet with this simple search query:
“How to lose weight”
I was bombarded with articles relating to concepts that I didn’t fully understand at the time! “HIIT” “High-Protein Diets” “CrossFit” “Afterburn” “Metabolism”
I had a lot of studying to do…
I enrolled at a gym the very next day (as advised by numerous articles that I read)… I went grocery shopping that very weekend (with a list full of ingredients deemed permissible by those same articles). I bought a bunch of Men’s Health Magazines and took every bit of information that I could absorb to heart. I made a commitment, and I was dead serious about it.
A couple of weeks go by… 7 pounds gone.
This substantial amount of success overwhelms me. It excites me. I start upping the ante and I dream up more difficult goals.
A month goes by… 25 pounds gone.
Wow! I start doing more things, I try exploring more healthy food options. I play basketball a whole lot better. I notice that I jump higher and I’m running faster. My friends start to notice the difference in my body, but I’m not contented.
4 months go by… 50 pounds gone.
I’m feeling great! I’ve gone beyond the traditional treadmill, and machine-lifting exercises. I welcome running on trails, plyometrics, olympic weightlifting, and CrossFit into my regimen. I feel like I’m unstoppable. My friends are REALLY impressed with what I’ve been able to accomplish, but I feel that it isn’t enough.
A few more months go by… I’m nearing losing 100 pounds in total.
I’m in great shape and all of my old fat boy clothes look terrible on me. I start having them altered and am rebuilding my wardrobe from scratch. I start fitting into brands that I never used to fit in before. Topman. Zara. Forever 21. Everyone was telling me that I looked great, and honestly, I felt great. The success is a drug, and it kept me hooked.
I lose 100 pounds.
I’ve done it. I reach a pinnacle of fitness that is rarely obtained by average men. I lose 100 pounds of fat. I look at my fitness goals and think to myself. Where do I go from here? Do I just maintain? Or do I evolve?
I choose to evolve.
I take up mountain biking. I signed up for the Cebu City Marathon (which I ran successfully under my target time). I make a commitment to get stronger and leaner with each and every day. I choose to embrace the concept of the grind and valuing each and every step that I take in my journey to fitness.
As of this writing, I’m down to 165 lbs. That’s a long long way from the 280lbs behemoth that I used to be. I feel great. I haven’t had a softdrink in over a year. I don’t even THINK about fast food anymore. I don’t feel tired so easily. I get compliments from everyone I know regarding my achievements. Heck, a lot of my friends are even heeding my advice on certain fitness issues.
But despite all that, I still have my goals for myself that I have not accomplished. I am still on a journey to fitness. I still believe in progressing everyday and gradually improving to become bigger, better, faster, stronger.
I’m far from what I once was, but I’m not yet who I’m going to be. — END
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wow bro! congrats madami kang ma iinspire sa story mo! laki ng binagsak ng timbang mo!
As the saying goes, “It is not how we start but how we finish.”
Congratulations Jet and keep running!
Thanks for sharing!
galing.. kaka inspired bro.
You made the right choice!
Astig ka pre! Thumbs up!
Very inspiring :-)
Ma-achieve ko rin sana yan :-)
Healthy diet and more runs
Bro jet nakaka motivate ka to do much better in hitting my goal to lose weight. any tips and advice on dieting and to become fit like you? thanks
wow! amazing story,, Good luck and Godbless!
Wow congrats, very inspiring story.
kinikilabutan ako while reading… galing sir! really inspiring!
wow ! astig ..
sobrang galing nito… congrats :-)
Sarap talagang makabasa nang mga ganito! Congrats sir ang galing mo!