Brian Marx, 41, Physical Education Teacher, Milwaukee, WI
How much weight have you lost? 30 pounds
Tell us what the “old you” used to be like. I wouldn’t say I have changed much from the old me. I just knew I needed to lose some weight to be better for myself and to set a better example for my students. I started running about two years ago and I had completed a marathon at Walt Disney World, but I knew I needed to be healthier.
What prompted your weight loss? I was always wanting to lose weight but never found anything that worked. Running wasn’t doing it for me no matter how long I trained or how hard I worked out.
How did you lose the weight? I used a fitness app to count the calories I took in and followed the Holiday Hottie and Hottie Body Fitzness Challenge.
How long did it take? I started the day after Thanksgiving (Nov 28) and I lost pound #30 on Feb 7. A total of 71 days.
What was the hardest part? I miss eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Pizza is one of the biggest things to give up.
Most fun part of your weight loss? I love seeing the results. Not only in appearance, but in my running times.
Most rewarding experience? Hearing people notice how much weight I have lost as well as setting a Personal Record for the 10K during Star Wars weekend at Disneyland.
Who/what inspires you when you feel like quitting? I joined an “I Run 4 Siblings” group and I run for a four year-old girl names Alexis. She has a sister with a disability and I just want to do things to let her know I am thinking about her. I also love knowing Fitz will give me a special PITA (pain in the ass) training session if I slack off.
How has this weight loss changed your life? I feel better about myself and my body feels better when I run and work out.
Your must-have fitness equipment. My running shoes and a treadmill. I hate the extreme cold and heat so most of my training is on a treadmill.
Favorite training song: It changes with my mood so I have 3 top songs.
- Run This Town by Jay-Z
- Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
- It’s Who You Are by AJ Michalka
Obviously I have a wide range of music I enjoy.
Favorite healthy food: Fitz’s Protein Power Potato
Favorite not-so-healthy food: Pizza, but since I don’t even include that any more … my weakness is any kind of cookies.
Funniest /weirdest/most awkward experience during your weight loss journey: Weirdest thing is a few times I based where I went to eat on whether the restaurant had it’s food nutrition online, so I could enter it into my app to see what I could eat. I also have eaten really small meals all day, so I could have a really good desert or some ice cream at a hockey game later that night.
Future goals: I am going to run a few half-marathons this summer and train like crazy to run the Dopey Challenge in January at Walt Disney World. Then a month later I am going to run the Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West with some of my Disney friends!
Brian, You are the ULTIMATE hottie and a hell of a lot of fun to work with. You’ve shown such amazing discipline, losing 23 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day and do a fantastic job showing how fun fitness can be. Plus, you’re an incredible role model for your students. I’m grateful you’ve allowed me/us to contribute to your success. Congratulations! Fitz and the entire team at Fitzness.com