In 2001, the only vegetable I ate was ketchup
I was 60lbs overweight and I felt invisible. My life “accidentally” changed and I went from an out-of-shape, overweight office worker to a male model.
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In 1986, my parents emigrated to America from Trinidad. I knew little, if anything then about life, purpose and why things happen. Today, I earn a living as a paid, male-model (my first assignment was a campaign for Sears Eyewear, my most recent was a promotional campaign for Tilvee which launched in Whole Foods. I am also in the Screen Actors Guild following my role on Burn Notice. I became an accidental writer while serving jury duty in Miami (the case was dismissed). I am a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
HOW I GOT FAT AND BECAME A COMPLAINER:
Every Friday night, I dined on Pizza Hut® Stuffed Crust Meat Lovers™ with a serving of do-you-want-to-start-with-some-Burnin’- Hot- Buffalo-Wings?-Yes-please! And an orange soda. Because I needed something sweet. Dessert: a heaping, three-scoop; vanilla, chocolate, chocolate, Baskin Robbins® Build-Your-Own™, banana split, Macadamia and marshmallow sundae. On Fridays, my frequent, ice cream lover, card let me save one dollar because I was part of the club. It really does add up, a dollar.
The barista, at the Wall Street location, called me “Venti White Mocha”
Five days a week, I rushed to catch three different trains, my life as a highly-paid, Wall Street, computer programmer was typical. I seemed content. My Starbucks® Venti™ White Chocolate Mocha accompanied the two-hour commute. At $4.55 a pop, this, three-a-day, sweet-mix was not only gratifying; it served as a post-lunch repose and “one more for the road” anticipation (incidentally, the barista, at the Wall Street location, called me “Venti White Mocha.”). Include a plain (cough, chocolate) croissant for breakfast, a shrink-wrapped, ready-made, chicken salad sandwich for lunch and train station, pepperoni pizza for dinner, I settled into the comfortable, rat race of happiness, ready to do it all over again, tomorrow.
I was fat and I kept getting fatter. I was also in a relationship and unhappy. Unhappy with myself, how I looked and how I felt. I became a general, all-around, pain-in-the-butt, chronic complainer. I began taking over-the-counter pills for seasonal allergies, which easily escalated into more potent meds from my doctor, as apparently, “allergy season was getting worse.” Another doctor prescribed migraine medicine which I even contemplated taking the entire bottle. Following lunch, I would pop a purple pill, to calm excessive heartburn, “a potentially scary, age-related disease that could destroy my esophagus and lead to cancer and eventual death.”
I believed that weight gain was a natural by-product of getting older
The a-ha! moment happened when I realized that being a regular, everyday person only results in regular, everyday circumstances.
There’s a saying that “if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” and one Monday morning in September, I did something differently. It wasn’t an extraordinarily outlandish act, considered risky in hindsight; nor was it an act propelled by nothing other than faith and hope. It was quite simple. In fact, it was rather mundane. And it certainly wasn’t planned.
I was fat and I felt invisible, so perhaps it was serendipity, that on this day, I also felt courageous.
What happened next would be the beginning of my new life. Find out in my first book, Fat-to-Fit: 50 Easy Ways to Lose Weight, now available for the iPad, iPhone, Barnes and Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle.
STEFAN PINTO LIKES THIS! My interview in The New York Times about my abs :-)