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From Foodah to Fitness – How David Lost Over 20 Pounds in Three Months

May 7, 2010

David - January 2010

Houston, Texas – Did you know that your fair city was named the sixth fattest city in America in 2009? Even worse, Houston has actually claimed the top spot on that list in four out of the last nine years. A Men’s Fitness magazine article claims donuts are 132 percent more popular here than the national average. Houston also ranks as one of the leading cities in the United States in number of restaurants per square capita.

Besides the fight with self discipline and access to food, there are many other reasons why staying in shape in the space city can be a challenge. For one, the local commute is 35% more oppresive than the national average, leaving less time to exercise and prepare healthy meals. Also, temperatures are above 90 degrees in 100 days out of the year, making outdoor exercise more of a challenge.

Irregardless of these statistics, every once in awhile you come across a success story. This time, it involves one of our own in our friend David “Foodah” Campbell, who recently took on the challenge of getting in shape for bikini season.

Well… Foodah isn’t getting into a bikini anytime soon (that we know of) but we are proud of him for losing almost thirty pounds between January of this year to now, a span of less than four months. David is an inspiration for what he has been able to accomplish in terms of weight-loss and overall fitness in these last few months.

David - March 2010

I recently sat down with David to discuss what his goals were at the start and how he has been able to accomplish them thus far. I wanted to share his story with our audience in hopes that they too could be motivated by what he has been able to do and improve their personal fitness levels as well.

David, your nickname is “Foodah” – How did you get that nickname?

David: I came up with the nickname about 10 yrs ago. At the time I was eating a lot… So to be witty, the name came from Buddha, who was a leader. Well, I was the leader of food. Therefore I created the monicker of “Foodah”, God of food.

I’ve known you for a long time and this is without a doubt the most fit I’ve ever seen you. To quote Stone Temple Pilots, “You’re half the man you used to be.”  How much weight did you lose, and how long did it take you?

David: Back in 2002-2003 I went from 276 to right about 200 pounds. But I had started to put weight back on in recent years. In 2008 I weighed 238 and last year I kept my weight around 225-230. So when I started my weight loss on January 11, I weighed 228 and on April 25 weighed 206 pounds. I lost 22 pounds in 15 weeks.

What was your goal when you started this? What motivated you?

David: My goal weight-wise was to get down to 210. What motivated me was being in the health and fitness industry, I wasn’t in as good as shape as I wanted to be in. So I knew I needed to make a change. I entered the bona foundation body transformation challenge. It gave me the jump start I sorely needed.

How did you do it? What is just one thing or was it a combination of different aspects that led to your improved shape?

David:  It was a mixture of good eating habits and healthy foods. I switched to 6 meals per day, probably averaged right around 2000 calories per day.

Also, I do 4 days of week of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, running 2-3 times per week, weights with my personal trainer twice a week, and 200 abdominal exercise repetitions, 4-5 days per week.

How difficult was it to change the way you ate? Do you find that you had to make a lot of sacrifices? Has eating become more expensive?

I just plan ahead and try not to wait to the last minute to get food. I consult with my trainer on what types of foods to eat and which ones to avoid. I started by giving him an idea of what I was eating and made sure it was ok. I am used to eating out probably 10 meals per week. From a cost standpointm, the switch didn’t affect me too much, I think. If I was on a tighter budget some weeks I would grocery-shop and that saves me a bunch when I need it.

What other changes did you make to your lifestyle?

David: Being consistent with everything I do and planning ahead. I eat the same time each day, stick with my workout schedule and BJJ schedule. I drink only once every 3 weeks. I make sure I also got enough sleep, since I am working out more.

We train together so I know general exercise and training (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) can be a factor. Can you describe what you did there to lose the weight, and what you have to do regularly to maintain?

David: I knew if I stuck with my game plan of eating and working out the weight would come off. The hardest thing was going to parties and avoiding temptation and also avoiding eating unhealthy when I go out to restaurants. I just try to remember the commitment I made and the results I want to achieve. For maintaining, it is just sticking with good eating habits and working out regularly.

Oftentimes it takes more than just oneself to accomplish things in life. Anybody you want to thank or recognize for helping you through this process?

David: I would like to thank my personal trainer Keith Tobias of BONA Fitness. Also thanks to Elite MMA for allowing me a great place to work out and supporting my weight loss goals.

If you have any more questions for David or referrals on how you can reach your fitness goals here in Houston, feel free to contact him on Facebook.

Everything You Need to Know About the Swine Flu

April 30, 2009

swinefluThe recent outbreak of the swine flu pandemic is causing alarm on a worldwide scale. According to officials in Mexico, 159 have died there so far, prompting further fears of the disease spreading around the globe. The World Health Organization reports that 114 cases have been officially reported, including 8 deaths. (Reuters) As of this morning in the United States, over 100 verified cases have proliferated through ten states with the first fatality being reported in Houston, TX. (AP)

Evidence of the disease’s seriousness can be seen everywhere. The World Health Organization currently classifies swine flu as a health 5 alert, just one phase short of the highest-scale alert. In relation to its origins in Mexico, Janet Napolito of US Homeland Security has suggested isolating the country’s border with Mexico, an idea since rejected by the current administration. President Obama commented, “This is obviously a serious situation and we are closely monitoring the diseases’ spread.” The President “is prepared to do whatever is necessary to control the impact of this virus” and has already lobbied congress for 1.5 billion dollars in emergency aide to produce additional vaccines.

These numbers and statistics suggest that the general public, including you, need to take precaution against exposure to such disease. During the rest of this article, I’m going to educate you a little more on exactly what this is and how you can minimize the likelihood of getting infected.

What is Swine Flu?

Swine Flu is a mutated strain of the influenza virus. The reason it is called the swine flu is because it usually affects pigs. There are many different strains of the disease. Doctors have not yet confirmed how swine flu spreads from person to person, however, it is thought that this can happen through the same methods as the more generic flu, through coughing and sneezing.

Symptoms are very similar to the seasonal influenza virus (flu) and include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and a sore throat. Vomiting and diarrhea has also been reported by victims.

What to do if you feel ill?

The Center for Disease Control is saying that if feel symptoms even remotely resembling the flu, you should stay home from work. And if you live in a house with sick family members, stay indoors until you’re clear of carrying the pathogen. Simply put, if you feel ill, stay away from other people as much as you can.

If you’ve got flu-like symptoms and have recently visited a high-risk country such as Mexico, it is highly recommended that you go see your doctor.

In regards to medication if you are affected, the antiviral drugs oseltamavir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) appear to be effective against the human swine influenza strain. Relenza and Tamiflu are not cures but lessen the effect of symptoms.

Quick Tips

  • Contrary to popular belief, the surgical masks you see people wearing over little to no protection against the disease. It is better to focus on keeping your hands clean and dispose of tissues as they are used. See more info on surgical masks here.
  • Even if you got your flu shot this season, it does not protect you from the swine flu. Nobody saw these coming and the vaccines you took wasn’t made with this in mind. Don’t be reckless and take precautions like everyone else.
  • You cannot contract this disease from eating pork, as it is not a food-borne illness. Keep eating that bacon!
  • According to WebMD Keep informed of what’s going on in your community. Your state and local health departments may have important information if swine flu develops in your area. For instance, parents might want to consider what they would do if their child’s school temporarily closed because of flu. That happened in New York City, where St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens closed for a couple of days after eight students were found to have swine flu.  Don’t panic, but a little planning wouldn’t hurt.