Irving Der is an real life inspiration to anyone that faces the challenges of weight-loss and a lifestyle makeover. If you find yourself wanting to make that leap to a better you continue reading my interview with Irving for an extra push in the right direction!
Why have you decided to document your weight loss journey?
I actually never set out to blog my weight loss journey. I just have a personal blog and it is supposed to represent and reflect what is going on in my life. A couple years ago, I decided to get a little more serious about being fit and hitting the gym and the last year I have gotten a lot more serious. So the blog just shows what is happening in my life…it is a true diary of sorts. Whatever I am into or doing, I try to share. Food, cars, shoes…typical guy stuff as well as all the workouts and things I am learning fitness wise..is all parts of my life now. I do agree my blog has definitely been a lot more fitness/workout related because I log all my workouts as best I can. I do this to keep track and see where I am, where I have been and set new goals. Plus friends at the gym that are too lazy to write down the workouts can simply look at my blog to see what we did in class that day or last week!
How did you find your trainer Brandon Henry?
Brandon is a trainer at the gym I go to. The first time we actually sat down and talked was when I was having major foot pain. I have “bad feet” and suffer from acute arthritis in both feet. So I get occasional flare ups, some minor some bad, in fact at the time of this writing my right foot is suffering from Achilles Tendenitis. It is horrible. I needed to chat with Brandon regarding some exercises and stretches I can do to strengthen my feet. I was prescribed $300+ orthotics and told never to jump or do any more damage to my feet. He helped me get my feet stronger and do movements I never could. After that initial chat, I have been training with him since. It has been a little over a year and a half now and I have seen and accomplished so much. I owe him a lot.
What has been the most difficult struggle during your weight loss?
It would definitely be my craving for GOOD FOOD! I just love to eat…and I work in public relations so there are lots of events and lunches where there are plenty of opportunities for cheating. I simply love food and love to go eat. So although I have come a long way, a very long way. I am faster, stronger and more efficient across everything, my coach and others feel I need to be farther along. It is an old debate we keep going back and forth on. I am quite pleased on where I am and where I am going, but my coach wants more and wants me to do better. So food and ideology have been my biggest struggles. I just recently finished the NEERA CLEANSE which is the “Master Cleanse” updated or 2.0 version. I blogged all about it. I went 5 days without any solid food only drinking the lemon, cayenne pepper syrup mix. I lost 12 lbs total and am slowly transitioning to solid food for the next week. I have learned a lot during the fast. I have more willpower and discipline now. I won’t give up on my favorite foods, but I no longer need to have it right now. I can wait for the cheat day, or wait for the day I allow myself to eat it. I am appreciating greens and liquids much more after the cleanse as well.
Have you set a goal for yourself?
My goal this year is a performance one. I am learning and practicing Olympic lifting. I want to have the Snatch and Clean and Jerk down technique wise as well as begin lifting more. Currently my simple goal is the be able to lift 200lbs over my heard. I want to be able to snatch at least 150lbs and jerk 200+. Those are the immediate goals. But overall, I want to continue this path and journey on being more fit. I have this T Shirt that I wear at the gym and sometimes out. The shirt has 5 words, it simply says: Strength, Speed, Function and Power. I call that my GOAL SHIRT. Those are goals not accomplishments!
What is the number one piece of advice you would offer for someone that may be struggling to drop excess weight?
For me personally, what helped me was joining a gym that fostered a good community. Group exercise has helped me so much. Having gym buddies that hold you accountable for stuff. It is the old saying of just keeping with LIKE MINDED PEOPLE. If you are sitting at home all day eating pizza and never have anyone to help and encourage you, you need much more discipline, more inner strength to do it. Much easier to cheat. Here is a personal example. I take a couple classes at my gym. I take them all the time, the instructor knows me by name (usually it is Brandon) and I get ribbed in class all the time. I am like the class clown. So any NEW people in class, they all KNOW ME before I know them. Strangers will chat with me and say, hey you are IRVING right? They know because they took a couple classes with me and have heard my name being called several times. I am the class clown. Being “popular” has so much power in motivating me. When I wake up on Saturday and I have an 830AM class….do I want to go or sleep in my comfy warm bed or do I need to get my ass up and go to the gym? Well, I am MUCH MORE MOTIVATED to go when I know if I don’t show up, I will hear it from everyone. All my friends, the instructor…”hey where were you?” “Why were you not in class?” and it goes on. I would even get texts from these gym friends. All of this holds you accountable for your attendance, and these friends help motivate and inspire. I have had several friends run their first “tough mudders”, or marathons etc. And the whole gym is backing them up. It is a great feeling and helps when you have others all after the same goal. We all help each other and encourage each other. My best advice is seek out like minded buddy or buddies. The whole GROUP or HERD mentality is especially strong with it comes to health and fitness. Friends that train together, hold each other accountable and motivate. If someone is struggling to drop weight, I can almost guarantee they are struggling ALONE. If they expand their circle and find one or two others that are in the same boat they can lose together. They can go hiking or take a zumba class or kick box and as long as EVEYRONE does it, everyone will do it. Simple right?
For more motivation visit Irving’s blog:http://theder.blogspot.com/2012/08/last-3-wods-i-have-been-lagging.html