How One Former Collegiate Athlete Lost 60 Pounds
Brandon Miller is a pharmacist, husband, father and a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. In other words, he has a lot on his plate. With so many hats to wear, Brandon eventually found himself deprioritizing his health, which led to lethargy, weight gain and feeling generally unhealthy. After realizing that he’d put his health on hold for too long, he knew it was time to clean up his eating habits and lifestyle.
As a former collegiate baseball player, Brandon was always in shape, as routine physical activity came with the territory. But after his playing days were over and his career and family took precedence, life happened, and he quickly found out that staying in shape amidst a busy career was tough work.
“I’m a pharmacist. I work in a long-term care setting. It’s fast-paced, high-intensity work and I don’t ever have much downtime. I do get a lunch break, but the town that my pharmacy is in is fairly small, so there’s not a lot of healthy food options – mostly just fast food. I live fairly close, but I’m not the type of guy who will drive home for lunch when I only have 30 minutes. So, I’m limited on time,” said Brandon.
On top of his career, Brandon is a full-time father of two and husband, which made time even tighter.
“Between being busy at work and being busy at home, there’s not always time to cook dinner and get the kids bathed and in bed. My wife and I work full-time – she works two jobs – so when we get home we don’t want to spend hours in front of the stove making dinner,” he said.
Finding Another Support System
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“The distance between who I was and who I want to be is only separated by what I do.” On December 1, 2018, I stepped on the scale for the first time in a while and saw a number that I had never seen before. I was super embarrassed to say the least. But instead of feeling sorry for myself, I talked to Suzanne and we decided to make a change…a REAL change. And we weren’t going to be cliche and wait until the new year. The process began that day. The 120 days that followed that one have been a GRIND to say the least. It hasn’t been easy. But with all of the support from my wonderful wife who has been on this journey with me, and everyone around me on a daily basis, I finally reached my first major goal. The guy on the left weighed in at 285 pounds. The guy on the right…225 pounds. 60 pounds lost in only 4 months. That sounds insane. But anything is possible when you put your mind to it. The secret? Hard work. Focus. That’s it. No gimmicks. Oh, and this is just the beginning. Next stop, 205. Stay tuned. Shameless Plugs: @factor75 meals @sportsresearch supplements #weightloss #fitness #goals #keto #lowcarb #intermittentfasting #healthy #factor75 #sportsresearch
In addition to balancing his personal and professional priorities, Brandon no longer had the structure and support that collegiate baseball provided him to keep him in playing shape.
“I played baseball all the way through college. I was told when to exercise and what workouts to do. I had weight training every day before class, and I was active after class. So, I was literally active for six-plus hours every day. But once I got out of college and stopped playing baseball, I didn’t really know what to do,” he said.
Even so, his passion for baseball helped him find a different type of support system. As a lifelong Cubs fan, Brandon is a big supporter of Cubs All-Star slugger, Kyle Schwarber. Having seen Kyle struggle with his weight a few years back, then overcome it with proper diet and exercise, Brandon was inspired by Kyle’s story.
“When he came up, I was instantly a fan because of the type of guy he is. He played football like I did in high school. He’s built kind of like I am, just at a much more elite level. I just always enjoyed watching him play. Then to see his struggle and to see him prevail, it definitely gave me motivation,” he said.
So, when Kyle started sharing photos of himself enjoying healthy, home-delivered meals on social media this past winter, Brandon took note of the company providing them. One month into his weight loss journey he decided to take Kyle’s advice and place his first order with Factor.
He never looked back afterward, as the convenience of having nutritional meals readily available was exactly what he needed to stay on track. Brandon has now lost 60 pounds over four months due to his revamped nutritional habits. *
Convenient & Delicious Healthy Meals
While one of his favorite players helped introduce him to Factor, it was the convenience and quality of the product and service that stuck out the most to Brandon. Every meal is approved by dietitians, cooked by gourmet chefs and delivered directly to your address of choice – be it a home or business.
“There’s not a lot of work for me. I just pick my meals each week and have them shipped to work. So, the ones I plan on eating at work I leave there, then take the rest home. It’s super convenient for customers.”
Beyond being convenient, fresh and healthy, the taste of Factor meals also earned rave reviews from Brandon.
“Honestly, the food is just good. It’s hard to argue with food that’s affordable, good and fresh. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on good food just because I’m eating healthy. I haven’t tried anything from Factor that I didn’t like,” he said.
Seeing & Feeling the Difference
These days, Brandon is looking and feeling better, and enjoying his return to form in multiple areas of his life. But the most significant benefit of weight loss he has experienced is the noticeable energy boost.
“Obviously the cosmetic stuff is amazing. You feel like you look better and your clothes fit better,” Brandon said. “The energy level is the biggest thing for me. I’m just not as tired. Before, I’d get home from work and be exhausted and not have enough energy to workout, much less be productive around the house. Now, my energy levels are way up, and I don’t have to pound energy drinks like I used to.”
He also noted the confidence boost that he’s experienced, as well as his improved mood.
“There are a lot of pros, and there aren’t really any cons. I feel better, and I’m more confident. I’m also an easier person to be around. I’m in a better mood, which people around me have noticed,” he said.
Making it a Lifestyle
Brandon’s journey and the lessons he learned along the way have given him perspective and helped him stay on track, even when he gets temporarily derailed.
“I just feel so good that it’s easy to say no. It’s easy to turn down things that I wouldn’t have turned down in the past. Obviously, I’m not perfect – I’ve had cheat days, I’ve slipped up – but, when I get on the scale every morning and see the changes I’ve made, it’s easy to remember how far I’ve come and refocus,” he said.
At the beginning of his weight loss journey, Brandon was hyper-focused on his diet. But, now that he’s so close to his goal weight – only 10 pounds to go – he’s concentrating on his lifestyle choices, fitness routine and being generally more active.
“Once I hit my goal weight [205 pounds], I know that the weight training and cardio will start to transform my body and the number on the scale won’t be my focus. I bought a rowing machine, and it’s a great full-body workout. I also jog outside when the weather is nice,” he said.
* Brandon’s story is provided for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as a guarantee of weight loss. No individual result should be seen as typical, as many factors contribute to weight gain and loss. To achieve best results, Factor75’s meals should be combined with an overall plan of improved nutrition and exercise under a doctor’s care. Brandon’s story is not a substitute for medical advice. You should consult your doctor before beginning any diet, especially regarding any current medical conditions or treatments.
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