Health & Fitness

Why my weight loss motivation changed from 30 lbs to 100

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Written by Michael Bonner

As if having the motivation for weight loss alone isn’t enough.

I finally stepped on a scale today and was sadly disappointed in myself.  4 years ago, I was training and helping out at the Taekwondo studio. I taught combat fitness classes and kept busy driving for Lyft and delivering packages for Amazon. My weight has always been an issue but never in my life did I ever think I’d weigh 346 lbs.

My New Year’s Resolution and weight loss motivation was to lose 30 lbs in 3-6 months but that was before I weighed myself. OMG, I knew I had probably gained some weight but over 50 lbs? Hard to feel motivated when all I can feel right now is fat.

Not to worry. My New Year’s RESOLUTION and weight loss motivation has quickly become a New Year’s REVELATION and instead of a one-time goal, I’m completely determined to make health and fitness a regular part of my lifestyle now.


I grew up playing basketball and was always on the run. My mom never taught me about healthy eating but it never seemed to matter because my metabolism and energy levels were way too high.

After high school, I joined the military for 4 years and then fought forest fires for another 4. Fitness was easy for me then because I had no choice. I wanted to play sports. I needed to do my job. Back then, I had reasons to workout.

Fast forward 15 years and I feel like I finally have the weight loss motivation to get back in shape again, and this time for good. 1. I weigh 346 lbs which can’t be healthy. 2. I’m getting older and want as much energy as possible to be there for my kids and, eventually, my grandkids. 3. I’m tired of my butt crack peeking through my clothes every time I stand up or bend over to pick something up.

What I won’t be doing is subscribing to some extreme diet or workout plan. Drink more water, cut back on the sugars and carbs, moderate exercise and no more eating after 7pm. I’m searching for a long term solution. Something that works for me now and will keep on working long after I retire.

Another weight loss motivation: getting rid of the dad bod

Before photos:

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My weight loss motivation: January 16th, 2019. I weighed 346 lbs.

P.S. – Throughout the entire year (2019), I’ll update my progress on social media with photos, stats and videos. Please feel free to leave comments, provide me with feedback and share my results with friends.

My hope is that the more people know about my efforts, the easier it will be to stay motivated and continue making progress until I’ve lost an entire 100 lbs.

No matter what you have to say, good or bad, the extra weight loss motivation would be greatly appreciated.

About the author

Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner is a dedicated father to 3 amazing kids. Born and raised in San Diego, California, he currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Determined to win a "Dad of the Year" award from just about anywhere, Michael spends most of his time working, learning and trying to be a positive example for his children...again, he's trying.

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