Thin Man Within
- DJ Slick Rick, Magic 89.9
I’ll start off this story with a quote I’ve read a few years ago and I truly believe it. It’s from Cyril Connolly, “Imprisoned in every fat man, a thin one is wildly signaling to be let out.” That’s where my story begins. I’d have to say that I was a pretty athletic person in high school. I played a lot of sports year round like football, soccer, tennis, golf, baseball, and whatever else I could keep myself busy with. Because back in the states it was so easy to get a game going because you know your friends are always playing.
Fast forward to college here in the Philippines and I was still at my normal weight from high school and then I got my job at Magic 89.9. That’s when my weight began getting heavier and heavier. I can say it’s due to living the DJ lifestyle of just working 3 to 4 hours a day, 6 days a week. I started off in the evening shift and then made my way to doing the morning show and other time slots after that. Then add that having a girlfriend at times which caused me to add “the relationship weight.” I found myself in a lifestyle that made me lazy, made me want to eat, and sleep.
Oh, it sounds like the life every guy wants but when you are in it you don’t realize how much it affects your health and looks. I really didn’t care then. I was happy, that’s all I know. But little did I know that I was abusing my youth and there will be a payback.
It all caught up to me because I started getting this pain in the back of my neck. I had high blood and I was just in my 20’s. I always thought it happened to people in their 40’s or 50’s. I also had hypertension. The doctor gave me some pills to take but that got me scared. So I started to take my health more seriously and found different ways of losing weight.
I wanted to lose weight fast, don’t we all? So I started taking some diet pills and I lost a lot of weight drastically. I was skinny but people would say that I looked unhealthy. They say what you lose quickly you’ll eventually double if you stop the pills. That’s something that was always in the back of my mind. But I didn’t think much of it at the time so I kept taking the pills. Eventually the pills and the place where I got them shut down. I kept eating the way I did even though I stopped taking the pills and before I knew it, the weight was back… with a vengeance. That’s when our show Boys Night Out started.
I was the quintessential bachelor with a new show and working with my friends/brothers, Tony Toni and Sam YG. The show started to get more attention and we started to do more photo shoots to promote the show. I saw one of our photos and I couldn’t ignore how big I was compared to the other two. Then I thought to myself, this isn’t good because radio was all about imaging nowadays and you have to reflect the station and show you are in. I was twice the man I used to be, literally. I was almost up to 195 pounds.
That’s when I did a challenge versus Mojo Jojo via that Del Monte Fit ‘n Right Challenge to see who would lose the most weight in 2 months with proper diet and exercise. I was assigned a nutritionist, a gym, and a trainer. It was difficult at first but I got into the habit of working out. I started to like working out because it felt like there was something missing if I didn’t do it. I could see the difference in the next photo shoots and I was happy.
When my gym membership expired I got scared again because I knew if I didn’t get to the gym I’d gain weight again. I lost weight but I knew I could get down to a lower weight if I put my mind to it. To be honest with you, I kinda got bored going to the gym because it was the same routine that I was doing. That’s when the guys of 360 Fitness Club, Kim, Jopi, and Chappy came on our show to talk about the gym. They said it was a workout that took only 30 minutes out of your day and that’s all you needed. Hearing that, I was interested so I made my way there and started working out.
After my first workout I was totally spent on the circuit training. But it was a good feeling because I knew right away this was something that I could do. Then that’s when Coach Chappy Callanta asked me if I wanted to lose more weight on a special program he was setting up for members of the gym. Without hesitation, I said yes and he said that the program would be difficult because it involved a strict diet and training program. It was called the any goal program and it was 8 weeks to see who would lose the most weight.
I’m always up for a challenge and lo and behold, I was able to lose 11 pounds, 11 inches, and 2.7 inches on my waist. My diet consisted of beans, vegetables, chicken, and some other things along with the exercise routine. After the 8 weeks, I stayed on the diet and still do my exercising at 360. I can proudly say that I’m floating around 159-161 now. I’ve never felt lighter and stronger in my life. It also has helped me in my running and improving my time in every run that I do. I won in the challenge in more ways than one.
I won in my fight for my health and weight. I know that you have to really work at getting fit. There is no wonder drug that will get you skinny fast and keep you skinny. It all starts with you and your desire to break the mold and get out of your old self. I love it when people say to me, “Wow, you’ve lost so much weight!” It never gets old and it just keeps me going and gives me the strength and inspiration.
So my thin self has come out and now it’s time for me to shine with all of the bright lights! If I can do it, you can too. It’s never too late to get going and changing your life. Don’t wait till something happens to you. Make it a habit to eat right and exercise.
I highly recommend going to 360 Fitness Club located at the 13th floor Strata 100 in Ortigas, look for Coach Chappy and the rest of the crew there! They’ll change your life. They changed mine. They keep you in a mindset that you can always better yourself.
See you there!