Home-based & Healthy

I believe the being healthy plays an important role in any freelancer's career. You need to protect your health in order to work and as freelancers, we all know that if you don't work, there's no guaranteed paycheck at the end of the month waiting for us. 

I'll be sharing tips on future blog entries but for now, here's the backstory.

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Morbid Obesity and Back

From the start of my career up until 9 years ago, I was overweight. At the peak of my journey to self-destruction, I ballooned up to 325 lbs. or what medical professionals call being morbidly obese. I was wearing XXXXL shirts with 48-inch customized pants being held up by a 50-inch belt.

I’m currently down to 180lbs., medium size shirts, and slim fit jeans.

Unfortunately, statistics weren’t in my favor:

“The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, shows the odds of a clinically obese person achieving normal weight without surgical interventions are just 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women in a given year. Among the most morbidly obese, the chances were even worse.

The study was based on analysis of more than 278,000 people from the UK's Clinical Practice Research database, tracked between 2004 and 2014, and it highlights the difficulty obese people face in trying to achieve sustained weight loss through diet and exercise alone.

Researchers crunched the data for patients aged 20 or older who were defined as obese or heavier based on at least 3 measurements of their BMI (body mass index). The study did not include people who had bariatric weight-loss surgery. The average ages of the patients were 55 for men and 49 for women.

They found that the higher a person's BMI, the lower the likelihood that they would ever achieve normal body weight, as defined by the standard charts. Among the morbidly obese, only 1 in 1,290 men and 1 in 677 women managed to do it.

However, most obese people in every category showed a tendency to regain modest weight losses. At least half of those who lost 5 percent of their body weight regained it within two years, and more than 78 percent regained it within five years.”

(Taken from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/obese-people-rarely-attain-normal-weight-may-have-healthy-losses/)

In March 29, 2009, I went through a bad break up. I was replaced. The thought of being replaceable never occurred to me. Feeling miserable, I decided to work on being healthier firmly believing that you can’t take care of others if you can’t take care of yourself. At the time, I felt that whoever decides to be in a relationship with me is somewhat burdened by the fact that I was unhealthy. That simple realization changed my outlook in life and definitely affected the way I lived.

I knew I was in this journey for the long haul so I didn’t rely on any quick fix diets or trendy new workout routines. I applied what my dad had given all his children: Discipline. Being a former Colonel in the army and serving during the Vietnam war, my dad was known for it. 

Voraciously consuming a wide-variety of diet books, noting down consistencies in what to consume and what to avoid, and fearlessly applying it to my eating habits were my main tools in nutrition. For fitness, I used my love for basketball as a starting point before gaining enough confidence to enter a gym.

 
 
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18 months into my journey, I achieved his goal of 180 lbs, 145 pounds less than what I started with. My transformation took me from XXXXL shirts to medium and from 48-inch customized pants to a pair of slim-fit 34-inch jeans.

Regarding the rebound stated in the study: Up to this day, a solid 8-years after I achieved my target weight, I found a way to maintain it with zero weight gain and zero money spent on purchasing bigger clothes again.

For the last seven years of running Gunship Revolution from home with the pressure from an entrepreneur’s work habits and lifestyle sprinkled with a freelancer’s schedule, I still believe that one of the keys to my success so far is the fact that I prioritized my health and understood all the benefits of protecting my vessel.

I push this mentality on my art team as I remind them that there’s no point in all this dream-chasing if they’re too unhealthy to enjoy it once it comes true. As artists and freelancers, their main weapon is their health and if that collapses, the entire structure crumbles.