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Transformation from 24 Hour Fatness to Fitness – Lose 100 pounds in 12 Months.

Growing up, I was a bit of a chubby lad. But, once I discovered the ladies, I figured that I’d better get into good shape… so near the end of my junior year of high school, through the summer into my senior year, I dropped a lot of pounds with discipline and hard work. I became a very fit 180 lbs young man.

24HourFatnessI was successful in keeping the weight off for several years. Then, I got started working in the tech industry, sitting on my ass daily, got married… and BOOM the pounds came on in a fury. Over the next 15 years, I bet I’ve put on and lost over 400 pounds. I’d gain 25lbs, I’d lose 15. I’d gain 20 more, and then I’d lose 10. Then I’d go on a Mountain Dew addiction binge, and gain another 25 lbs… until now, where I’m near 300lbs. THREE. HUNDRED. POUNDS. That’s like five or six 3rd graders.

I’ve always joked that it’s really not fair to be this smart, charming, hilarious, talented AND good-looking.  I’ve said it’s my personal “street camoflauge” to keep all the ladies at bay.  LOL. And I’d say I got tired of being like the 5th Beatle. So, I gained weight to help balance out the universe. Us fat people sure have a lot of bullshit excuses, huh?

They say if you want to get motivated and actually lose the weight, you need to be public about it. I’ll not be posting any “before” pictures, because I don’t want to scare away any of my blog visitors… however, I’m making it public. I intend to lose 100lbs in the next 12 months.

That’s like 8 lbs a month, right?  Shouldn’t be too hard.  I just need to be disciplined.  So, no more sugary drinks, no Mountain Dew, no Gatorades or ice cream… those are just worthless calories, so those are gone.

The most important thing that I’ve learned is that you need to ADD nutrient rich foods to your diet. Not “go on a diet” per-se, but to add good healthy greens and veggies and live a more clean lifestyle. I’m also committing to 4 workouts a week. I’ve done four so far this week since I got back from my last business trip, and so far, I’m down 7.4 pounds.

I have begun drinking more green juices and smoothies again… when I did this before, I lost nearly 50lbs… too bad I gained back 60 lbs in the past 2 years.  The problem being, I’d always go back to my bad habits and sedentary lifestyle.

So, I need some deeper motivation.  I’m not necessarily motivated my money, accolades, or external stuff, really… however, I’ve noticed that I don’t like LOSING money.  And since I hate most politicians, I’m thinking that if I don’t reach my goal weight  by April 1st, 2015, that I will donate $1000 to maybe the Westboro Baptist Church or an equally hated political candidate.  Because there is no way in hell that I’d want either of those types of organizations to get any of my money, so that should motivate me.

Here’s a young, 18 year-old TW, and here’s a 40 year-old TW speaking at a recent conference in February 2014.


It’s time to bring back that swagger of the youth, or I’m gonna pay some cash to a cause that I hate, and we can’t have that.  I’m already down 7 pounds, so only 93 to go.  🙂

So, which shitty political campaign or organization do you hate, that you’d hate to see me donate money to?


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Travis Wright is a Venture Catalyst, Public Speaker, Digital Disrupter, Marketing Provocateur, Stand Up Comedian, Tech Blogger & Brand Awesomeizer.

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