Like a Champion


When I walk into the gym, I see a lot of cool workout shirts that people wear. You know, those “Just Do It” shirts or “Hardcore” on the back of a tank top. I always wanted to wear those types of shirts…

When you are obese, clothing is tough. When you are 5’ 6” and 420 pounds, it is virtually impossible. The Targets and Walmarts of the world did not have anything in my size. Most big and tall sections in department stores were too small for me, as well. In fact, very few stores had clothes that would fit me.

There was one big and tall store that guaranteed they would have my size. They did. When I walked in there I was able to buy size 60 pants, although I had to have them alter the length. They also had my size 5XL shirts. The style was not the best, but the clothes fit. And they had workout clothes. I bought them because they were comfortable to wear around the house, but I had no intention of working out.

I hated having to drive 30 minutes to the specialty store. I hated that they were so nice to me in there when I was getting obscenely big clothes. I hated that I never left there spending less that $300.

But I did for so many years. When my wife wanted to go out on the town, I did not have a huge selection of clothes. When my wife wanted me to really dress up, it was virtually impossible. I did not own a suit. Very few suits would even come close to fitting me.

Then I started to lose weight. I remember the first time I was able to go to a department store and buy clothes. Sure, it was a size 52 pants at the big and tall section, but it was an awesome feeling! I remember the first time I was able to go into Walmart and get a shirt. Sure, it was a 3XL, but it fit (after the weight loss started).

Today I do not worry as much about clothes. I work hard so I will not ever have to again.

My wife said I should get some of those cool workout shirts. I earned it.

Instead, when I walk into my Anytime Fitness, I wear a hoodie made by Champion. There is a little C on my chest.

Because that is how I feel after losing over 200 pounds.

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Tony Posnanski is a renowned blogger, chef, and Anytime Fitness member. Tony was once 400 pounds but has lost 200 pounds. He writes about weight loss, fitness, motivation and more on his blog The Anti Jared.