Rikin Shah pens this honest and true account of a young persons quest to loose weight.
In his first written effort to share this true story, Rik does not hold back and hopes to help others, young and old deal with weight and food issues. Enjoy Rik’s story, I did-
In this day and age, many people want to make changes for the better. Some take the initiative to do it, while others talk, but take no action.
I am Rikin Shah, a fifth-year student at Michigan State. I am currently finishing my last semester of undergrad, before I move back home to Chicago.
One change that I have always wanted to make, but never dedicated myself to, was weight loss. I have been overweight since fourth grade.
My parents purchased gym memberships and healthy foods for me, all of which I would always avoid. McDonalds, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut — that’s what I considered healthy. I would love cheese pizzas, double cheeseburgers with fries, and those “healthy” chalupa supremes from Taco Bell.
I was always embarrassed at how I looked and how I could not play the one sport I loved: basketball. I tried my hardest to play, but couldn’t even keep up with kids at the local park.
In ninth grade, during our fitness test, we had to weigh ourselves. The whole class would step on the scale and seemed not to care what it read. When I stepped on, I saw 243! WOW! Ninth grade, I was only 15 years old! That is insane to be that massive, wearing 2X/3X shirts to school.
Let’s fast forward to my first year at Michigan State. By this point, after four years of high school, eating junk food, and a useless gym membership had gone by, I told myself, “College is where I will start to be healthy.”
Clearly that wasn’t the case with all the great food they had in the cafeteria. I’m talking supreme pizzas, fried chicken, tacos, burgers… It was heaven! I can go eat whenever, wherever I wanted to on campus. Beginning at 7am, to as late as midnight, I was able to get food at cafeterias. The first three years of college went by and in that time, the scale had once read 313! Yup, I didn’t exaggerate THREE-HUNDRED-AND-THIRTEEN POUNDS!
A 5’9” college student, not an athlete, weighed 313.
Some college linemen don’t even weigh that much, not to mention they have muscle and I was all fat.
Occasionally, I would go to the gym to embarrass myself in basketball and think as though I was getting in a workout. Not quite, because I’d come home, only to eat a large frozen pizza, or deep-fried chicken wings with a beer or two.
It was in the summer of 2010 when something triggered me to get my act together and change myself. Without even realizing all the dangerous health effects, I was completely grossed out looking at myself in the mirror. Here is a 21 year old, wearing 2/3/4X clothes, and size 40 or 42 pants. THAT WAS RIDICULOUS!
In August of 2010, I changed myself, and committed to losing weight. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task, and it was something I would have to fully dedicate myself to. I began my workout plan, and saw changes as I progressed.
I will try to write one blog a week because I really want to spread the message to children, as well as young adults who want to change them.
In my next entry, I will go broader and explain what I did differently as an individual. It has been exactly 15 months since I started getting my physical fitness life together. Once weighing in at 313, I am now down to 226.
It hasn’t been easy for me, but with the support of friends, being motivated, and determined, I have been able to lose 87 pounds and am still progressing for more. Check out my blog next week, as I will talk about what motivated me and how I became so determined.
“Rik Shah is a guest blogger who truly wants to make a difference in others by sharing his story and welcomes any and all comments.“