Spartan Beast: Hua Hin, Thailand — Signed Up + No Longer “Obese”

A few days ago I was jumping in JOY and ECSTASY.  Never have I ever been so elated because of a machine.  When I saw BMI (Body Mass Index) the other day, I saw the Physique ratings at standard.  Six weeks prior to this, my physique was apparently obese, although I look relatively thin.  My metabolism before was at 35 (and I’m 30) and now it’s at 30. Let’s go over some of the categories that are on this piece of paper.

  • Weight – 76.6KG (2.3kg drop from last week)
  • Fat % – 21.4%
  • Fat Mass – 16.4kg
  • Muscle Mass – 57.1kg
  • Metabolic Age – 30
  • BMI – 23.4

Desirable Range

Fat % – 11.0 – 21.9

Fat Mass 7.4 – 16.9kg

Here’s about what 50% of the paper says, but my fat percentage and fat mass is 0.5 kg off after being about 2.0kg ver.

Now, does this change anything? No.  Does this change the fact that I feel my absolute healthiest that I’ve ever felt? Nope.  I’m super grateful that I’ve kept myself committed to going to a gym.  Everything is starting to unfold as it should and I’m super excited about it.

Also, I just signed up for the monstrous Beast in Hua Hin which will take place at the dawn of November.  Upon completion, I will be able to claim my Spartan Trifecta shirt and medal — what I’ve been chasing after for two years.

There are going to be videos coming to you guys at a grand scale, but in my podcast down below, I talk about what my dieting was during the past 6 weeks..

 

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Choice

Everyone has a choice.  In the beginning, we all come into this world naked, scare, and ignorant to everything.  We have no color, no nationality, no nothing – just a name.

When it comes to our choices, they can be our best friend or worst enemy.  Sit back and think about it.  Everything in our life exists and is the way it is because of our choices. The choices we make are the roots of all our results.

My mother, unfortunately, has made a choice to live in the same neighborhood where gunshots are heard on a nightly basis.  Could she leave? Yes.  Why doesn’t she? Because she’s comfortable living uncomfortably.

African Americans in low-socio economic states in the likes of Gary, Indiana, to Flint, Michigan…..they make a choice everyday to go left, or do what’s right.  Everyone has it.

“For instance, have you ever been going about your business, enjoying your life, when all of sudden you made a stupid choice or series of small choices that ultimately sabotaged your hard work and momentum, all for no apparent reason? You didn’t intend to sabotage yourself, but by not thinking about your decisions—weighing the risks and potential outcomes—you found yourself facing unintended consequences. Nobody intends to become obese, go through bankruptcy, or get a divorce, but often (if not always) those consequences are the result of a series of small, poor choices.” – Darren Hardy

I recall having siblings and even friends coming home saying, “I ate a sandwich for lunch” – only to find them eat frozen food, packed with sodium and trans fat.  That small, mindless, thoughtless decision they made literally sabotage that “one good meal” they had previously.  A lot of people around the world don’t have intentions on becoming fat.  They don’t wake up one day and say to themselves, “fat is the new thing! I’m going to become obese so my organs can work double/triple and hammer my gut flora.”  Of course not.  However, unconsciously they make a series of poor A$$ decisions that lead them to the demise of…..them.

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Obesity In America Considered Healthy – HUH?!

My student yesterday told me that when she stayed with her host family, they said she looked very skinny and that she needed to eat more.  However, those particular individuals were actually obese in their own right.

When I worked at the College of Southern Nevada, the vast majority of my colleagues, even in the Dental Hygiene Department, were obese; yet everyday they told me that I had “chicken legs” and I was frailty.

Ummm….really?

I need to put into context what being overweight actually means..

Height Weight Range BMI Considered
                                                                       Source: CDC
5′ 9″ 124 lbs or less Below 18.5 Underweight
125 lbs to 168 lbs 18.5 to 24.9 Healthy weight
169 lbs to 202 lbs 25.0 to 29.9 Overweight
203 lbs or more 30 or higher Obese

If you look at the healthy weight range, you have a 43 pound zone to be considered healthy, and Americans fall right out of that scale and into the 203 pounds or more zone.

What’s even more shocking is that according to the National institute of diabetes, more than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese.

Wait, did you just tell me that I’m too skinny?

Look at the health risks of being overweight.

Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity
  • type 2 diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (excess fat and inflammation in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol)
  • osteoarthritis (a health problem causing pain, swelling, and stiffness in one or more joints)
  • some types of cancer: breast, colon, endometrial (related to the uterine lining), and kidney
  • stroke

People, it’s kind of like the smokers; they know exactly what the ramifications are of inhaling toxins, but they still do it anyways.

Americans know that eating anything frozen, which most supermarkets consist of (at least 12 aisles in Wal-Mart), is detrimental.  What I don’t understand is when I go to America, people will tell me, “omg you’re so skinny! You have chicken legs! You’re not health!” On the other hand, they’re eating a plate full of lard.

The intent is not to bring awareness of obesity in America, but to bring degrading comments to the surface and notice that what you’re saying to others, pertaining to health, is not your area of expertise.  Before you judge someone about their weight, look yourself in the mirror.  If you want to hand out useful information or offer services of any kind, do so in a kindly manner.  Conversely, if you approach someone and say something that can’t actually help that person, why say it at all?  Are you perhaps a nutritionist and a fitness addict? You look at the majority of bodybuilders in America…that’s actually considered to be overweight, too.  From the people watching American Football games in the stands, to the players on the field…I could go so far to say 70-80% of the people in the stadiums, including the players, are overweight or obese.

Be the change.  If you want to help someone, do it.  If you’re going to tell someone that they’re skinny or fat, you’ve got your own insecurities to clean up.

I love what happened with Lisa Nichols on the Steve Harvey show.  One time and audience member asked Lisa, “what can I do to lose weight?” At the time, Lisa was considered overweight and said, “listen, I can give you any information on that because look at me.” Steve Harvey looked at her and said, “omg, what are you doing?” However, Lisa said, “how about this….let’s walk every morning and talk to each other on this particular day.”  And they did so.

That’s what you can do.