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beforeandafterI came across Edgar’s story on twitter and instantly wanted to interview him. He is a young man who underwent the cruelty of bullying throughout his whole childhood because he was overweight After a reality check from the doctor Edgar realized its time to make a change. He lost 175 pounds and feels the best he’s ever felt. Enjoy the interview!

1 – Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you accomplished. 

Hey there! My name is Edgar Hernandez and I have now just achieved a total weight loss of one hundred and seventy-five pounds! All in a time of one year and 7 months! I spend most of time exercising, working,  trying to help others around the area lose weight, get in shape and start a healthy life. 

2 – What inspired you to take action and make this incredible change?
There were plenty of things that inspired me but here are the main inspirations. I was bullied through my middle school and part of my high school years, I was always teased for being obese and always told I would never amount to anything or live a happy life because I was obese. All that just really sunk in and I would always ask my self “why?.. Why me?” Well that didn’t stop the bullying nor did it slow it down. It got much worse during High school. Another inspiration was movies. I know you’re probably thinking “Movies?? What??” Yes! I have always wanted to become an actor, it is my dream! Another and probably the one that changed it all. I was at the doctor’s office and he made an order to have blood taken from me for tests to see how I was doing. Well, the results were horrible and he had to break it down to me. He had told me I was on the edge of becoming a diabetic if I kept going on the unhealthy road. That really hurt the most because my oldest sister who passed away never wanted this for me, she tried to keep me healthy and I let her down. I cried so much. I had disappointed my mother and my father. I hated watching my mom cry, it made me hate myself. My father always told me when I was younger that I shouldn’t eat the way I did, but I ignored him and didn’t listen. It had come back to haunt me and now I was left with no choice but to change. I felt as if life was wanting me to give up. I felt hopeless, alone. I felt as if the kids that bullied me were happy this was happening to me, they would laugh in my face if they knew I would become a diabetic. I didn’t want that. I finally came to realize that I had to take responsibility and get my life together. I wasn’t going to allow those kids to over power me, I wasn’t going to let life bring me down. I started the very first day and stuck with it and will always stay healthy. I over came becoming a diabetic, I proved everyone wrong about me. That is when I felt happy again, finally. 
 
3 – Did you find it difficult to stay on track during the process?
Yes, it was difficult the first two months because my body was going through an insane change and it was almost overwhelming. Just stick with it though! It was DEFINITELY worth it in the end! It’s all just breaking mental barrier!
 
4 – What helped you stick with it and not give up? Because I know it can get tough.
What helped me stick with it was thinking of everyone who would love to see me fail, especially the bullies. Thinking of all the supporters (friends and family) that would be disappointed in me if I gave up also kept me going. It can get very tough, you need to break through your mental and physical limitations! 
 
5 – Were your friends and family encouraging you during the experience? If so, do you find it helped you stay motivated and kept you going?
Absolutely, my family and friends was excited for me to start a journey to better myself and become healthy. My older brother, wrestling coach, one of my good friends Eric who makes music, and teacher were three of biggest supporters out of all my family and friends that helped me stay on track. This helped me a lot because they are the people I love the most. I wanted to make everyone proud of me so I can spread a positive message not just for myself, but for everyone who struggles with bullying, and obesity. My older brother would buy me the healthy groceries and come exercise with me to make sure I did not lack motivation. That meant the world to me that he spent his own money and time to help me. My coach and teacher would keep me motivated by giving me health tips and telling me I’m a good kid that I didn’t deserve the bullying. I lived by those words and they kept me going. My friend Eric who makes music helped me through a lot, he was apart of my journey for a good part. He kept me going by running with me, making music that sent out positive messages. His music just really gave me a message and kept me from stopping. He apart of my family now and he is a great person with a big heart. ( If you want to check out his music here’s his YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/user/youngecmusic
 
6 – What are some of the benefits you got from the whole experience?
Benefits? Oh man! Well here’s a couple. I have tons of energy now and I can wake up early in the morning without feeling tired! My confidence is what grew the most. I was happy going out in public now. I never break out in a sweat when I’m in a large crowd anymore! I used to be scared of going out because I had the fear of being made fun of. Not anymore! My body has grown immune to unhealthy food! That is the best benefit out of all of them. I love eating healthy, it’s delicious and helps your body so much. My body has become faster, stronger, and over all much better! I feel good about everything in life and happy about everything. This experience has also taught me to help others in need, I cannot let anyone seeking help fail. The benefits are amazing in all ways. 

7 – There is so many options for people to lose weight but many are still finding it difficult to achieve. What exactly did you do to lose that weight?
What i did to lose weight? Well first thing I did first was change my entire diet! You can’t see great results with a horrible diet.  You might not even see results at all. Also, I did nothing but cardio exercise to lose all the weight. Cardio was something I always loved, running became a big part of my life. Cardio exercise is the BEST for losing weight. There really is no other way other than eating healthy and exercising. That is honestly the two things I did! I promise it works!

8 – If you were able to go back in time before you made the change what advice would you give yourself? 
If I were able to go back in time before I made the change I would tell myself to think about my life ten years from now. I would tell myself that I would be doubled my size if I didn’t change. I would tell my self that I would have a heart attack and die young if I did not make a change soon. 
 
9 – Do you have any advice for those who don’t know how to get started?
Yes! I advise you start thinking about your future and how you should start getting in shape and become healthy now before you get older! Your body wears down as you age and in order to keep it going is by eating right and exercising. It becomes much more difficult to stay in shape if you start at an older age because your body just wears down and you won’t see the results you want to see fast enough so most people give up. You don’t want that!

10 – You have an inspiring story, thank you for sharing it with us! Do you have any last things you’d like to share?
I’d like to say that if ANYONE out there struggling with obesity or is a victim to bullying that you please do not give up. It is hard, I know how it is. I know the feeling of wanting to give up because of it. Take note, you CAN overcome it. You CAN rise above every challenge you face. If there is anyone who faces these challenges, please feel free to talk to me! You can Follow me on twitter at @EdgarTheRunner. If you need some motivation, you can watch my weight loss video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JiJ29UR4MQ . Thank you very much for reading this, I hope I can inspire as many people as possible!

If you have an inspiring story and want to share it with the world please email me at [email protected]

Namaste
Nate

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