By: Dr. Adam Yoga

When it comes to losing weight and obtaining the bodies we want we often forget the mental strength that is needed to accomplish our goal. If you want to work towards getting in shape you will need to strengthen your mind and get in the right place to do so.

Motivation is what drives us to do the things we want to do. This was proven once again by a man named Andy Albertson who lost over one hundred and fifty pounds in under a year. Albertson is from Texas and knew that if he changed his mindset he would be able to do the impossible.

Andy Albertson’s Weight Loss Story

Andy Albertson

Albertson started his journey weighing three hundred and seventeen pounds, in junior high he was even nicknamed ‘andyopolis,’ as a joke regarding his weight. Albertson was bullied through high school as well and of course because of this found comfort in food. He finally began his weight loss journey in January of 2015 when he joined a gym and began working out for one hour a day using the elliptical. In just his first month of going to the gym he lost twenty pounds.

Once Albertson reached a weight loss of sixty pounds he hit his first mental block. He knew without a doubt that he had to do something about this to keep the weight off. Albertson began working with a personal trainer and was given a strict workout regiment that required hard exercises three days in a row and then cardio every day as well.

After reaching a weight loss of about one hundred and forty pounds he hit another mental block this time it seemed he could not get over his issues but with encouragement from those who cared he was able to keep going. It is important to have people behind you who will keep you motivated and pushing forward.

Andy’s Weight Loss Journey

It began in January of 2015. Andy started at the gym for one hour a day and all he would do was use the elliptical. He almost immediately started to witness the results of his choice to get healthy. In his first month getting back into the gym he lost twenty pounds and eventually lost forty more.

Mental Block #1

At about the sixty-pound mark, Andy hit a mental block that stalled his progress but he new that “[he] had to do something or [he] would gain the weight back.”

Andy knew what he wanted (i.e., to weigh two-hundred-and-twenty-five pounds) and to some degree how to get it. It was his work with personal trainer Jerry Hughes, however, that seemed to cure those workout blues. Andy stuck to Hughes’ strict workout regiment which required hard exercises three days a week and cardio every day.

The first month’s results? Twenty pounds and over twenty-four inches.

Mental Block #2

Andy’s progress continued so much so that he lost one-hundred-and-forty pounds of his one-hundred-and-seventy-pound weight loss goal. For whatever reason, again, he hit a mental block that he couldn’t seem to get over. This mental detachment came with excuses for why he wanted to stop.

But Hughes met him with encouragement. He sternly but graciously reminded Andy how far he had come. “If you were truly done you wouldn’t be looking at me with tears in your eyes.”

You can bet that if Andy was still trying to lose the weight on his own that he would have convinced himself to call it quits. This emphasizes the importance of having someone or something that keeps you motivated, holds you accountable, and reminds you of your potential.

To give you a better sense of how long Andy has come not only physically but mentally, just look at his Facebook post (just over two years since he first stepped into the gym again):

“On January 29th I took part in my first 5k [run]. There was a time in my life that I would have never thought about, much less have completed a run of any kind. This is just another step in my journey. Are you ready to start yours?”

And what a perfect question to finish on. Are you ready? Andy’s done it and you’ve seen it. He will undoubtedly hit more mental blocks along the way. But by not completely giving up the first or second time (or the times we’ll never know about), he can push on with the help of his support system knowing he can achieve his goals.

3 Steps For Success

1. Do the research– Make sure you know what you’re consuming nutrition wise whether you are eating at home or out with friends and family.

2. Have friends and family- Don’t think you have to take this on alone. Having a support system of one or more people can benefit your weight loss greatly.

3. Don’t give up before you even begin- Even if you don’t think you can do it, try. You are amazing and you can overcome your weight issues. Seeing the results will help keep you motivated.

We could all learn a thing or two from Albertson. He has done exactly what all the bullies thought he couldn’t.

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