An Inspirational Transformation of Dante Pascual Jr.
It’s been a year filled with memories, and time has swiftly passed.
I’ve been fat my whole life: I was a chubby kid, an obese teenager, and at 27, I weighed 151kg (332lbs). At the time, my life had gotten complicated and it really hit me when my blood pressure shot up to 180/140, and my sugar reached 300. I knew it was hard to battle this kind of illness.
I realized that I had to change first how I felt in the inside—my perspectives—before I could begin to change the outside—my physical appearance.
It took me one year to achieve this transformation. Everything turned out as I had desired them to be—a changed life, a change for good. When I started, I weighed around 147kg (323lbs). Now, I am down to 76 kg (167 lbs). I have lost almost half of my starting body mass. Back then, I thought it was impossible for me to lose weight because I was in denial about my unhealthy lifestyle.
At first, I felt intimidated to walk into a room full of fit people. But they were surprisingly approachable. I knew then that this transformation would be fun, especially since I have a supportive family, friends and colleagues.
I’m constantly setting new goals to inspire me to stick to my training. In the first 5 months, I did a lot of HIIT, eliptical and cardio to trim down my huge body mass; these resulted in a loss of more than 40kg. I remember that during that time, I used to workout twice a day–2 hours of cardio in the morning, and another 2 hours of weight training in the evening. For the succeeding months, I focused on strength and muscle building to minimize the appearance of all the loose or sagging skin. I also changed my eating habit, by eating healthily and meeting my right calorie count daily.
Many people are asking me what my secret is in losing weight. There is no secret; it’s just plain discipline and commitment.
It’s discipline because between what I want now and what I want most, I have chosen the latter. It’s commitment because I have committed to actually changing my life; it is entirely different from willing to change it.
Special thanks to Ateneo Fitness and Wellness Center, and of course, to Kit Navarroza, for providing the tools, knowledge, and motivation in this long journey.
And now I can say, I’m ready to overcome all the challenges life has to offer.
Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same.
-Dante Pascual Jr.