Searching for “Onederland”, and Finding Fitness …. My storyMy name is Jamie Chisholm. I am 37 years old. When I was asked to share “my story” complete with photos… I was hesitant because it’s emotional, personal, and frankly, I felt ashamed I had let my weight get so out of control. Then I remembered “our numbers” and I thought maybe it was time I owned my own story.
I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I have looked for every magic pill, and magic diet, I have attended “fitness spas” for weeks at a time. My family (God bless them) has spent THOUSANDS trying to help me.
I have no photos of myself from the past 10 years. The struggle with my weight had me depressed, and I was losing hope. I dreamt myself thin, I wished myself thin. On August 11th, 2011, I went to the extreme measure of having the “Lap Band” procedure. While I felt hope I had not had in years …I was also so ashamed that I had to allow a doctor to sew a band around my stomach because I had lacked the self-discipline to control what I put in my mouth.
The first six months with “the band” I had great success. I lost somewhere around 55 lbs. But what had changed? I was the same shape just a bit smaller. My habits were pretty much the same. In January 2012 my weight loss with the band slowed, then stopped all together (GASP!!!) . It stopped for months.
Jamie Chisholm August 10, 2011 before lap-band
Now imagine my terror… I had an extreme procedure, which has side effects I live with every day. Not to mention the THOUSANDS it had cost. What I had failed to remember was just like everything else the “Band” is not magic… If you do not change your habits, your metabolism will slow and weight loss will stop. Most “banders” lose approximately 30-40% of their excess weight.
January 2012 Weight Loss at a Standstill
I called Matt Costa the day before my 37th birthday and started my first boot camp one week later. I also joined KnuckleUp gym. In the past I had worked out sporadically. For someone like me there is something very anonymous about traditional gyms… show up if you want…give 20%...50%... whatever you feel like and leave. You are a “card swipe”, not a name. Not at Boot Camp, and not at Knuckle Up.
All of a sudden I was with people of all ages, shapes, and fitness levels, all supporting each other. Suddenly I was doing things I never thought I could do, and to my complete surprise I wanted to do more. Our coaches know when we fail to show up. Our coaches ask for 100% all the time and then they ask for more. I am not a card swipe, I am Jamie. Seeing my “team mates” give their all every time inspires me to do the same.
And guess what… my weight loss has started again! I have lost and additional 23 lbs. Not only that but my shape has changed. I am stronger both physically and mentally. Now it is not so much the Band controlling what I eat… It is the thought process of “I worked so hard today, do I really want to undo my work out by eating that?”
Last Saturday I took a run down Villa Dunes Drive. When I reached the bypass I thought I will just keep going. I took the beach road to Kitty Hawk Kites. Then I thought “I will just head over Jockeys Ridge to get home”… As I stood on top of the ridge with the sun shining I could hear Matt and Jay in my head saying “Look at where you live!”
I feel like Outer Banks Boot Camps and Knuckle Up is saving my life one step at a time. I am so grateful to have found this “community” that accepted and supported me immediately.
I am currently approximately 25lbs from what we “banders” call “Onederland” (100 lbs. total weight loss) …It was my goal. The funny thing is, is that now I am not so focused on “Onederland”. Probably the best thing I have gained from my experience from Outer Banks Boot camps and Knuckle Up is suddenly it’s not about a number anymore; it’s not about a size. It’s about finding fitness, finding health. My goals are now the next 5k, a half marathon, and next summer in VA Beach, a Tough Mudder. It’s about being stronger and always pushing for more. I am no longer searching for “Onerderland” …. I want that orange Tough Mudder Head Band instead!!!
It is not a magic pill…It is not a magic diet or procedure… I think I have finally found out where the real magic happens…