In the two years after his football career ended, Sean went from his playing weight of 330 pounds to 384 pounds at his heaviest, due to a “toxic relationship” with food. “I never went to the pool, I never took my shirt off,” he says. “I didn’t even take any pictures.”
But it wasn’t until an on-going serious acid reflux issue got him thinking seriously about his own health that Sean decided he had to make some changes. Speaking with fitness YouTuber Robert Glover, a.k.a. Brix Fitness, Sean explains how at the beginning of his weight loss journey, the first thing he did was adjust his mindset.
“I’ve tried to lose weight before, and my mind wasn’t right, it was everywhere,” he says. “You’ve kind of got to manipulate yourself.”
One of the “mind hacks” he used to keep himself motivated during the early stages of his weight loss was to channel his desire to prove people wrong into his workouts: he describes imagining every person who ever doubted him as “sitting there on the couch” watching him exercise in his living room, which he converted into a home gym during quarantine.
Another simple tip Sean recommends that made a huge difference for him is just planning ahead and getting organized, so that you can focus without distractions: “I got my music playlist right, I got what I needed to eat, clothes, the workout, the videos I wanted to watch, my water, my post-workout meal.”
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In order to make these changes to his lifestyle sustainable, Sean tried not to be too restrictive in his diet, and to find healthier alternatives to his favorite foods. “I figured out how to eat healthy and not give up on taste,” he says. “I went hard at first, but now I make my own pizza with turkey pepperoni, I still have tasty low-sugar desserts that I love.”
Since December 2019, Sean has lost 125 pounds. He currently weighs 265 pounds, and is continuing to pursue his goals of getting fitter. “That’s what worked for me,” he says, “it might not work for everybody.”
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