How I lost all my weight, and lots of it
The day came when I looked in the mirror and had to face the truth, that I was heavy … very heavy. I so wanted to get rid of my chubby cheeks and double chin, my big belly and roundish shape. I decided that I had to take action.
When I stood on the Rentina Special Forces Camp, near Thessaloniki to go through my military training, a compulsory thing in Greece by serving in the special forces, I weighed 180 pounds and my height was 6 feet tall. I have checked my weight repeatedly since then, but I have not once checked my height since then, nor am I going to (worried that I have lost an inch or two). Below I am going to tell you a little story about how I lost my belly fat, a whole heap of weight and how you can do it too.
I started jogging on the beach front from the White Tower, all the way to the Thessaloniki Concert Hall (one of the best buildings of the city in my humble opinion) and back, a distance of approximately 4 miles. On the weekends I would go swimming and do some exercises in the swimming pool in Poseidonio, just a breath from my old home. The program I was into was challenging, both physically and mentally. Within days I lost 14 pounds and have not gone back since. I kept my weight and the exceptional physical shape that I had gained from hard training, but everything changed within three to four years.
Am I fat? I got, if memory serves about 70 to 80 pounds. I became a mess. I won’t mention the physical condition. I now had a permanent weight pulling me back and annoyed me even when I walked, since I was not in any case thought about running.
One day, after a long time, while strolling in a traditional coffee-shop in the central Thessaloniki Svolou Street, something happened that changed everything. Meeting with some friend in Thessaloniki, someone insulted me! I don’t want to go into details, will point out, however, that it worked as a wakeup call from the inertia that I had gone into. The insult somehow cracked something inside me.
How it actually felt
By the next day I started exercising as hard as I could and eat very little. I didn’t have a lot of nutrition-related knowledge. I knew what we mostly pick up from here to there. To be frank, deep down I think that we all know more or less what one needs to do in order to shed weight. Back to the beach front I was, running and running, from one end to the other. This time I went all the way to the Old Harbor area, covering a distance of 8 miles (4 miles to go, another 4 to return).
I put a lot of effort in and pursued my weight loss goals with great discipline, similar to that of the Marines unit that I had served in (without resorting to anything as extreme as the 3 day Military diet plan). I did not give the permission to myself to do half a step back. I didn’t know back that what it meant to have a “cheat day” or otherwise days off the diet. I hadn’t thought about rewarding myself with some candy whenever I succeeded my goal.
I was not a dog to obey and get rewards. I was a man and I had a goal. I saw it, like a light at the end of the tunnel and I walked faster towards that light.
The day of the reward
I lost 30 pounds, but I did look much leaner, for I managed to get an athletic body, not just lose weight. I did two workouts one at day and one at night and still I had huge amounts of energy to also enjoy the famous Thessaloniki nightlife with my friends. I was happy and the whole thing felt amazing.
The best time of the year was without a doubt the summer in Halkidiki, the “little Thessaloniki” of the summer, a holiday place for most of us, with sand beaches and beautiful forests. There is a saying here, “san tin Halkidiki, den exei” meaning that there is no other place like Halkidiki. Well it is an exaggeration but still, you get the image. I stayed there for 3 months that summer, working as a lifeguard and not once did I waver from my mission to lose weight (ok, once or twice I did), swimming every day and getting a perfect tan. When I got back in Thessaloniki that September I was in the best shape I ever had.
If I did that, let me assure you: you can do it too.