TrueStories #1: Just a Few Simple Changes…

Whether you have been with True Nutrition for a day, a month, a year, or even a decade, you probably know me. My name is Carl Manes, and I have been helping to better serve the customers of True Nutrition¬†since 2005 after graduating college with a Liberal Studies degree from the California State Polytechnic University of Pomona. It has become my goal to help improve the health and nutrition of our valued customers through my continued knowledge and experience within the industry. I will be the first to admit that I wasn’t always so healthy, however, but I found the weight loss motivation I needed in high school to help me pursue a healthier lifestyle.

Growing up, I had free range of the kitchen, and although my parents typically cooked healthy meals and provided us with healthy lunches at school, they were also easily swayed when it came to snack time. I can remember eating a whole row of cookies a day before switching over to chips and soda, let alone spending my lunch money on much of the same garbage in high school. After school, it was right on over to the fast food joints to fill up on greasy foods. Every night, I sat alone in the dark with my bag of popcorn and bowl of ice cream keeping me company during prime time. Although I hold myself accountable for my weight gain throughout childhood and in to adolescence, I often wish my parents would have stepped in when they began to see the negative consequences of my overeating.

It didn’t end with food, either. My daily activity ranged from playing video games to table top gaming. Unless, of course, you count the frequent trips to the kitchen. I was terrified of physical education, as the thought of a running a mile might as well have meant a full marathon. Negative self-esteem set in quickly, as well, and I found myself frequently shying away from social engagements due to my poor self-image. At my heaviest, I was 265lbs, but things were about to change…

It was senior year of high school, and I hadn’t had a girlfriend or even been to a school dance. I didn’t want to continue living in my own shadow, afraid to approach new people because I was unhappy with myself. The promise of a fresh new start with college looming overhead served as an additional impetus, as well. I immediately dropped all of my poor eating habits in exchange for healthier alternatives. Fast food was out, save for special occasions. No more popcorn or ice cream at night, and I asked my mom to try not to fill the house with any tempting treats. Instead of buying my lunch at school, I began packing it for myself for the first time ever, exchanging pizza and nachos for light turkey sandwiches, fruits, and veggies.

At 265lbs, exercise didn’t come easy at first. I began making the 5 mile walk home from school each day instead of taking the bus. As soon as my endurance picked up, that quickly became a jog, and the pounds began dropping just as fast. I joined the tennis team, having enjoyed playing with my dad as a kid, and found that exercise could actually be fun! Well, minus running lines… It wasn’t long before I had picked up speed, and could begin my longer endurance exercises to put the old Carl behind me.

Within a few short months, the few simple changes to my diet and exercise routines had paid off.

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I felt better than ever, and had dropped from a XXL to a L in shirt size. I wasn’t afraid to take my top off at the beach, and even got a nice tan as I jogged down Coast Highway on a 5 mile stretch next to the ocean. Our tennis team wasn’t the best, but we played hard, and even won a game every now and then. And yes, I did have better luck with the ladies, although I would hope it was more of a result of my increased confidence and lighter mood than simply my weight.

My endurance training continued all throughout college, where I first picked up weight lifting, and you can still find me catching some rays as I run by the beach or around the house… Although, now, I have to push around the jogger with my two darling children. I still catch myself slipping occasionally when it’s dinner time and we’ve been out at the park all day, but between the constant exercise and healthy meals, I try my best to provide a good example for my kids on a daily basis. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am a Horror movie fanatic, so you can always catch me running for my life at local zombie survival courses!

In addition to my wholefood meals throughout the day, consisting mostly of chicken, fish, and veggies, I do use a variety of products provided by my place of employment. The Joint Support Capsules are a must even at my age, since I plan to keep running and lifting well into my years. During long endurance exercises, I like to use the KarboLoad as a main source of energy, along with some added Electrolytes to remain hydrated. Since I am constantly taking in protein as part of my wholefoods diet, I usually only sneak in a single serving of Whey Protein Isolate following a run, in addition to a serving of the Complete Milk Dairy Isolate at night for sustained release. On gym days, nothing gives me more energy and endurance that the nDure! At 6’4″ and 185lbs, I now come in at a BMI of 22.5.

Now that you know a little bit more about me, I want to hear about you! Please feel free to drop us an e-mail at any time if you are looking for advice or if you have success stories and motivationals that you would like to share. And remember, the True Nutrition Team is here to help support you in your healthy lifestyle, so please, let us be a part of your continued success!

My name is Carl Manes, and I am True to myself.