PROFESSION: CFO at MFG Productions, an event production and graphic design agency
COLLEGE: University of San Diego
FAVORITE FOOD: In n Out Burgers
FAVORITE PLACE VISITED: Kauai
PLACE YOU WANT TO VISIT: Tokyo
FAVORITE MOVIE: Tommy Boy
HOBBIES: Music, going to concerts, traveling, seeing movies, and trying new restaurants.
BACKGROUND: Last year, I weighed 245 lbs (I ate basically anything). That April, I started a weight-loss competition with a co-worker and lost nearly 45 lbs in 4 months through a combination of total diet change and daily exercise. However, about midway through it, I hit a plateau. So my girlfriend and I decided to join Sonki Fitness, which helped me continue to lose weight. After the competition ended, I stopped Sonki Fitness but continued running. And as a result of that coupled with poor eating, I slowly gained about 15 lbs back. My girlfriend and I then got engaged in September, I wanted to look my best for the wedding. So in May of this year, we started Sonki Fitness again to get in shape for our wedding, which took place on September 14th.
What is your current exercise routine? Sonki Fitness Boot Camp 3 days a week and a 3-mile run 1 – 2 times a week.
What is your motivation to stay in shape? First, it was a weight loss competition, and then a wedding!
What is your greatest challenge to staying in shape? My love for food!! Once I got into a daily routine of running 1-2 miles last year, it felt easier and easier to just get up and get the exercise done in the morning. Food is my true enemy! I’m half Italian and all American, so I love pizza, pasta and burgers. (But I also love how I feel now that I’m in better shape.)
What is your key to success? I just don’t buy the foods or drinks that make it so hard to keep the weight off. Not having them around means they’re not there to eat. Instead, keeping good healthy snacks around to eat throughout the day, consuming smaller portions at meals, and exercising a minimum of 4x a week help. Also, I want to look good for my wife Cortney on our honeymoon in Bora Bora!!
What do you like about Sonki Fitness Boot Camp and how has it affected your life? I like how many different routines there are, so I always feel like I’m doing different things, but they’re also easy to learn and remember. My trainer Lindsay knows really well when to push me and when to let me catch my breath, and though I’ve never done a boot camp where I’m yelled at, I can’t imagine enjoying that. I also hate gyms.
Any other comments? Here’s the diet I try my best to stick to:
– Small snacks between smaller-portioned protein-focused meals.
– No soda at all; basically just water, black coffee or teas to drink.
– Minimize/eliminate simple carbs at dinner.
– As little sugar or butter as possible.
– 1/2 a mini-seedless watermelon or fruit when I crave a sweet.