My Workout: Medical assistant already has lost 143
Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 1:00 PM
Who: Andrew Aasen, 28, Portland; 5 feet 9 inches, 302 pounds
Workout: At the beginning of March, Aasen, a certified medical assistant in a doctor’s office, weighed 445 pounds and was ready to begin changing his life. It took courage just to show up at the gym, but the trainers at Team Quest, Gresham, said if he would get there, they would do the rest. They were true to their word. Now at 302 pounds, Aasen’s goal is to weigh 245 by Jan 1. He knows it won’t be easy.
Aasen takes seven hours of exercise classes weekly. He’s in a F.I.T (fighter in training) class three days a week. The mixed martial arts provide an intense cardio workout. Twice a week he takes an intermediate grappling class (like wrestling). He takes a kickboxing class once a week and just added a jujitsu class on Saturdays. He takes Thursdays off. At least three mornings a week he takes a 20-minute walk before work.
Feedback: “It’s saving my life.” Aasen, the youngest of five children, has always been big and has tried “all the crazy diets.” Now he feels things are really happening for him. He’s surrounded by supportive friends, family, trainers and doctors. He’s not diabetic anymore and is off pain and blood pressure medications. He would like to help other obese people and plans to start school in the spring to become a physician assistant.
Nutrition: Aasen is on the Medifast diet. Everything is “powdered and packaged” and each food item is between 60 and 110 calories. There are soups, protein bars, various flavors of shakes, even soy pretzels. He eats every three hours, five or six small meals a day, including a protein shake 30 minutes before and after working out. His one regular meal a day consists of beef, chicken or salmon with salad and/or roasted vegetables. He’s learning to look at food as fuel for energy rather than as a treat or reward.
If you’d like to share your workout with readers — or know someone whose workout you’d like to read about — send name, age, daytime phone number and workout details to Nancy Dow, My Workout, The Oregonian, 1320 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, or by e-mail to [email protected] We encourage one or two recent, high-quality digital photos sent as JPEG attachments.
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