150 lb weight loss journey
I talk about life being like this ongoing project where we are constantly working toward a better quality of life. It’s a relentless pursuit for personal development. We are constantly faced with with either obstacles or opportunities depending on how you see it.
I met Quinn back in 2012 way before his 150 lb weight loss journey and he was at a very challenging time of his life.
In fact, when Quinn stopped coming to bodhi for his private training and nutrition coaching from Karen I wasn’t sure Quinn would ever lose his weight. We always hope for the best and believe in our members way before they believe in themselves. Quinn however, wasn’t very motivated to lose weight and get healthy.
We all know that we must take action for ourselves and no one can force us into anything. Quinn wasn’t ready no matter what we tried to help with.
I believe everyone deserves to live a happy and healthy life. After bumping into Quinn a few years after he left bodhi, we noticed he gained even more weight. I must admit, when I see people unhappy, unhealthy, and unmotivated I want to scream, especially if they are young and full of potential. Life is precious and can be wonderful or it could suck and we can die way before we actually live. We make choices every day that dictate our actions which result in how we live our life.
One day Quinn made a decision to get healthy.
During one Friday night car show in Downtown Somerville, I noticed this handsome, athletic looking young man walking his dog. DAMN!! That’s QUINN! After a quick selfie with the champ, he mentioned joining the bodhi community again. This time he was on a mission, and wanted to inspire others with his journey.
I sat down with Quinn recently (video coming shortly) and asked him a few questions. I wanted to know all the details of his 150 lb weight loss journey. Here goes:
When was the exact moment you decided to get healthy?
It’s hard for me to pin point an exact moment. You could say it started when my friends told me I look “gross.” Even though that was shocking, it did motivate me to do something about my weight. I don’t think that was the deciding factor though. I think it was after one week of hard work and I saw 8 lbs come off the scale. The feeling I got was more than a rush. It was a high! I wanted that feeling to keep coming. No matter how much it took!
What did you see when you looked in the mirror before you started your journey and what do you see now?
I saw a man who didn’t love himself at all, who had nothing and no one, who failed at everything he tried, and who had zero motivation to even fix it. I had given up! Screw it! I couldn’t even love myself…why could anyone else love me. Now I see a man who has pushed himself further then many even talk about. I see a man who knows what he wants his future to be and where he wants it to go. I see a man who wants more than just the weight loss. I see the caring guy again. The one that wants to help anyone who asks for it. The one who would run miles just to help his friend. I haven’t see that guy in years and it feels great to have him back.
What inspired you?
At first it was the numbers dropping on the scale…… I am not going to lie it was addictive to see those numbers go lower and lower. I’m still kind of addicted to it. When I see the scale not move even though I know I busted my ass that week and my physique looks better than it ever has before, a small part of me gets very frustrated. Then I remind myself, “Quinn when have you ever looked like this? When has your body ever been at this weight?” The answer is never! I need to remember my body has never done anything like this and as long as I am focus, true to myself, and decupled. My body will keep on going where I want it to go.
How much weight have you lost?
Currently 160lbs. but it is a work in progress still.
What do you consider is your biggest accomplishment?
How dedicated and focused I have been able to stay. I know that might sound corny, but think about it. I said I have failed at everything else in my life, but not this! Not now! This is the first time I can say I am doing it. Also my ability to say, “I am doing it.” Because I know, no matter how much I have lost or will lose, I need to keep my life going in this direction. This means I will never be done.
What’s the one word that comes to mind when you want to describe yourself now
What are you most proud of?
I was extremely proud of being able to go to the Junior Olympics. I might not have done so well when I was there, but to say I was about to stand there and fence those people felt great. I mean, I am proud of my weight loss, but I feel that is my biggest accomplishment. Because not only am I doing it, but I am succeeding! So that is why I feel it my biggest accomplishment.
What would you say to someone who is contemplating making a healthy life style change?
Everything you thought is wrong. I say this because what you have been thinking and doing has gotten you to where you are now. You need to completely change the way you think about everything to have a healthy life style change. That seems extreme, but how do you expect to change your life, if you’re still doing and saying the same actions. You need new actions and you need a new way of thinking.
One word of advice for someone who has just begun their transformation journey?
There you have it, Quinn Yusem spoke. The newly inspiring, talented and motivated Quinn.
To learn more about the support system that brought the best out of Quinn and what his current fitness and nutrition look like now, schedule your complimentary consultation today and tell em Quinn sent ya!