Richard Branscum’s story, before the happy ending, is a familiar one.
Mourning the loss of his father when he was in high school, he turned to food for comfort. He ate obsessively, and didn’t realize he had a problem until one day he couldn’t fit into his desk at school.
He took dietary steps in the beginning, along with an hour of cardio per day.
He says, “We also lifted for football and did additional bodyweight exercises. Zach helped me with portion control and helped me cut out whole pizzas and cheese breads. I cut back on my five 64-ounce sodas per day and eventually quit drinking soda.”
The “Zach” he mentioned is his best friend, who undertook this weight-loss project with him and stuck through it every step of the way.
“I tried to run faster miles on the treadmill every week. I started at 30-plus minutes and upped the intensity until I hit a seven-minute mile. Zach eventually left for the Army after our senior year and I wanted to surprise him when he got back, so I started using workouts on Bodybuilding.com and increased my cardio.”
Today, my girlfriend, Allison Rourke, motivates me and we love to work out together. She’s my swolemate. We prep all meals on Sunday and I inspired her to adopt a healthy life!
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