I bought my Vitamix Blender after hearing from several different sources that this blender has changed people’s lives in all types of ways, mainly by allowing people to create vitamix weight loss recipes.
I’m ready for it to change mine.
When I was in college, I was fit and in great shape . I played division 2 college baseball, always had energy, and felt great. I weighed around 205 pounds at around 6 feet tall. By no means the height/weight ratio of an adonis, but I was comfortable in my own body.
After college , and when I started my professional career, I immediately gained some weight. My weight fluctuated between 220-235 pounds. Without the strict cardio regimen that college baseball forced me to endure, my workouts at the gym became lackluster. It was at this point that I realized that my body wasn’t the calorie burning furnace that it was when I played baseball, and for the first time in my life I realized that serious dieting and exercise was going to be important for me moving forward.
I went through phases of serious weight gain, then serious weight loss. At some point I ballooned up to 290 pounds by overindulging in food and drink.
It was around this time that the the UFC became popular, and my competitive spirit was starting to blossom once again. My brother bought me an introductory MMA package to a Tiger Schulmanns MMA school for Christmas one year. I was immediately hooked on the training. I lost 50 pounds of fat over the course of a year and gained a lot of muscle. I competed in some tournaments. I was having fun. I was around 26/27 years old.
Around this time I needed to have ulnar release surgery on my elbow and wrist. This injury was not related to my training; of all things, the injury derived from years of sitting improperly at my work desk. I was in constant, debilitating pain. I had stalled the surgery long enough and it was apparent that I needed to get it done.
Ulnar release was a hell of a surgery for me. My left arm would never be the same. The arm took about 6 months to start healing. I was always in so much pain that I never wanted to exercise. When I tried to go back to my training, I realized I was going back too soon and had to take another break to allow the nerve to properly heal. I ballooned up to 270 pounds.
Another 4 months go by and I am finally ready to train. I train for 2 months before blowing out the L5 vertebrae in my lower back. Another injury not related to training, and an injury that puts me out for another 6 months.
I’m 28 at this point, almost 29. When the back is finally healed, I am finding it harder and harder to train at the levels of intensity I am used to training at. I lack energy and motivation like never before. Weight fluctuates between 290-300 pounds.
At the time of this writing, I’m 3 months removed from my 30th birthday. Today I weighed 301.4 pounds.
Digestion is a real bitch. Overindulging in food and drink has ruined my entire digestive system. My blood pressure averages around 134/92. I’m on two types of blood pressure medicines just to maintain those numbers, which aren’t good at all.. I’m always uncomfortable in my own body.
I’ve had enough. I bought this Vitamix blender and I am hoping this can help me turn my weight issues around. I am hoping that replacing my meals with healthy, organic whole fruit and vegetable “smoothies” will fuel my body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to supply me with the energy required to exercise the way I am used to exercising. I am also hoping that since the majority of my food intake will come from these drinks, that my body will start to detox and start to function correctly.
The journey begins now. I will blog about my progress, but also blog about the types of smoothies I make, how they taste, etc. making a flavorful variety of shakes to keep the “diet” new and fresh. I want to share these vitamix weight loss recipes with you. Wish me luck.