My Story and My “Why”
- Possible Pat
- February 18, 2017
Ever since I was a little kid, I was always the one who was overweight, and as I grew up, it shaped me and made me react in a way that didn’t show my true feelings.
I have been big all my life, and as a child, you either have to get picked on or join in and make it not as bad, and that’s what I learned. If someone called me fat, I would immediately joke back, and we’d all laugh, even though deep down that isn’t how I really felt. I tried my best to make the best out of every situation when in reality, I feared this.
I thank my sisters for helping me develop a thick skin, as they were the ones that taught me to stick up for myself, and not let what people said to me get me down… Even though it did.
In this post, I’ll show you…
- > How my weight affected me differently as an adult
- > The things I did to change my life
- > What my weight loss journey changed in my life
How Being Overweight Affected Me As an Adult
Now that I am an adult, it hurts me more than it did back then because now I know they were judging me. When you are just a kid, you don’t realize that people are looking at you, judging you and saying things about you.
Over the years I didn’t really notice just how big I was getting. People would come up to me at the store and ask me how much I weighed. Not knowing, I would tell them that I was about 450 lbs when in reality I weighed much more.
Looking back, I didn’t realize how hard everyday things were for me, things that most people take for granted, such as getting off the couch and just being able to get out of bed.
I wanted to be able to do all this without having to struggle. I wanted to be able to bend down and tie my shoes. I wanted to be able to sit in a standard booth. I wanted people to stop staring, and I wanted people to stop making fun of me.
One day I went to the doctor, and he had me step on the scale. I was shocked when it said I weighed 605 lbs!
And then the doctor told me that if I didn’t lose weight, there was a very real possibility that I would end up dying early of a heart attack. That was a major wake-up call. My life was in jeopardy, and I was not ready to die.
My life needed to change, and I needed to do something. So I went home and began to throw out everything in my cupboard. This was it, and I couldn’t keep doing this to myself. I decided that from now on, I would start walking to get my meals.
And so I did.
What I Did to Change My Life
Every day, for every meal I would walk to Walmart, get food for lunch, and walk back home to make it. I did this every day, and the weight began to come off.
I lost my first 100 pounds in the first 3 months.
I know that sounds like a lot, 100 lbs, but I didn’t feel like I had lost that much. I still weighed 500 pounds, and I felt like I was still big. I was a little discouraged. I even asked myself if it was all worth it. I felt like I put all this effort in, lost 100 lbs and I couldn’t even tell. When you get to a certain weight, there isn’t much of a difference between 605 lbs and 500 lbs.
I didn’t stop though, and things did get easier for me. My walks got easier, and after losing the first 100 pounds, I began to go to the gym because I felt that I needed to do more.
I continued to push through, tweak my diet as I learned what to eat and what not to eat, and continued to go to the gym and stay active. And I had to change my social life too because I was no longer going out and eating with friends. There was no more sitting around the house with my buddy eating pizza all day.
What Else Did My Actions Change?
And it did change some of my relationships with people. I lost friends because they didn’t support what I was doing and they wanted me to continue living the life that I had been. They wanted me to do the things they were, but those things were not healthy for me and would eventually kill me.
I have a new take on life, and I notice how different things are. People treat me differently now and aren’t afraid to come up to me. Once the weight began to come off, I began to get promotions at work, and people started to want my help after seeing the success that I was having.
Today I have lost over 325 lbs and am trying to become a bodybuilder. I have been able to stay motivated by remembering my past and how it felt when people stared and laughed at me. I am motivated every time someone tells me that I can’t do something.
Too many people told me that I couldn’t lose the weight and I proved them wrong. Too many people told me that I couldn’t be a bodybuilder and now I am getting ready to step on stage in my first competition.
For me, it’s all about doing well, in spite of what anybody else thinks and taking control of my life. And you can do that too. No matter what your story is, whether it’s similar to mine or not, we all have feelings and all need to take care of ourselves. No matter who you are, people’s judgment hurts, and I know that you too can take back your health and prove to yourself that you can do it. That’s why I’m here because I believed and didn’t let people tell me no. And that’s why you’re here today too because you’re ready to believe in yourself.
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Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.