June 20, 2013
Shedding pounds after years of overeating and inactivity is a struggle ACE-certified Personal Trainer and owner of Gordon Fitness Scott Gordon can personally attest to. Weighing in at 314 pounds, he lacked the energy to live life to the fullest and struggled to find an exercise program he could stick with. Scott shares his story of how he dropped almost 100 pounds and has worked to keep 80 of those pounds off as he now helps others to make weight loss a reality.
What inspired you to want to lose weight?
I wanted to have the energy to do everyday things again, like play ball with my son and walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath.
What did you weigh at your heaviest, and how much do you weigh now?
At my heaviest I was 314 pounds. At my lowest, I weighed 225 pounds, and currently I weigh 234 pounds.
What steps did you take to get started with weight loss?
I kept a food journal every day and ate around 2,500 calories. I worked out four to five days a week, doing a mix of strength training and cardio at moderate intensity.
What challenges did you face along the way?
I would plateau often and have to mix things up. The toughest thing for me was eating only when I was hungry and not because I was bored or stressed. I actually would ask myself, am I eating this because I am hungry? I often found the answer was no.
At what point in time did you decide that you wanted to become a fitness professional?
I realized I wanted to be a personal trainer when I started to get my energy back and felt great. I wanted to try to help others overcome the same obstacles that I had with weight loss. I remember the feelings of hopelessness and want to share my knowledge with those who are willing to put the hard work into it.
Do you find that your own weight-loss journey has helped you to better relate to, and connect with, your clients?
Without a doubt! I know exactly what they are going through, and being able to empathize with someone’s situation goes a long way. I know the struggle and how hard it is to get going.
What words of advice do you have for someone who is struggling with his or her weight?
Go slow and steady by starting to make little changes in your diet and exercise routine. You have to walk before you can run, and often the biggest mistake people make is getting too gung-ho and then overtraining. Don’t forget to visualize how you want to look and let your brain pave the way for success. Make your goals realistic and achievable and watch the pounds come off!
What are your top three tips for losing weight and keeping it off?
Tip #1: Be consistent with your diet and training. It is better to exercise three times a week consistently over the course of three months than to work out every day and overdo it, get hurt and be out of commission.
Tip #2: Stay away from fads! If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Tip #3: Try to reduce your stress. You are fighting an uphill battle if you are stressing about weight loss. Aerobic activity is a great way to reduce stress while staying on top of your training.
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Jessica Matthews, MS, E-RYTContributor
Jessica Matthews, M.S., E-RYT is assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College. As a leading fitness expert, writer and educator Jessica is a regular contributor to numerous publications, including Shape and Oprah.com. She holds a B.S. in physical education teacher education from Coastal Carolina University and M.S. in physical education from Canisius College. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as well as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance and trained stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga instructor. Prior to teaching at Miramar, Jessica worked full-time ACE, serving in a number of key roles including exercise physiologist, certification director and senior health and fitness editor. Her past work also includes serving as aquatics director at Conway Medical Wellness and Fitness Center and designing health and physical education curriculum for grades K-12. Full Bio Jessica Matthews »