After his engagement ended, Jarred Aslett examined his life.
The 32-year-old from Twin Falls, Idaho, had slowly gained weight since graduating from college and now weighed almost 220 kg.
That made it too difficult to do things he loved like hiking, surfing, and snowboarding.
Sometimes he drank too much alcohol to cope with. After examining his health, he reduced his alcohol consumption and signed up for a gym membership while focusing on his mental wellbeing.
“I also went to therapy for the first time and began dealing with many problems that led to excessive drinking and unhealthy habits,” said Aslett TODAY.
“I could just focus on my health and act on it.”
Drinking too much alcohol helped Jarred Aslett slowly gain weight after graduating from college. Photo credit: Instagram / @jaycrushesit
The first thing he did was skip the extra cocktails.
“Much of my weight gain came from drinking, it was just drinking to get away from reality,” he explained.
“I never stopped completely, I just got it under control.”
At the same time, he joined his brother in the gym.
The first time they trained for an hour and a half.
While Aslett was able to move for 90 minutes, he was still struggling both physically and mentally.
“I used to be an athlete too, so I was familiar with the gym and lifting. But the first time in the gym was very emotional when I noticed how far I let myself go, ”he said.
“I didn’t lift as heavy weights as I used to and it just struck me that I had a long way to go.”
Jarred Aslett often ate frozen foods, pizza, and other quick meals, which contributed to his ingesting too many calories. Photo credit: Instagram / @jaycrushesit
He continued walking five days a week, focusing on different muscle groups each day. He also started walking his dog every day.
“We only ran a mile and that would be good,” said Aslett.
“Now we do (7 km or 8 km) a day, no problem, and I take them on hikes on the weekends.”
Eventually he started riding an exercise bike at home, thanks in part to the shutdown of COVID-19. He started with an 8 km drive and worked his way up to 50 km.
“I did a lot more cardio in the beginning,” said Aslett.
“When I started working out we went into lockdown so I built a home gym in my garage and 90 percent of the weight I lost in that home gym was done with very simple things that I had . “
Aslett went to the gym five days a week, focusing on different muscle groups each day. He also started walking his dog every day. Photo credit: Instagram / @jaycrushesit
At the same time, Aslett also changed his diet, cut down on junk and fast food, and reassessed his portion sizes.
“I wasn’t a eater or anything. I just ate the wrong things. I just ate like convenient meals like frozen pizza or macaroni and cheese or fast food, ”he said.
“I started counting my calories and the whole time I wasn’t on a particular diet – it was just a calorie deficit.”
In 15 months, Aslett lost 100 kg to weigh 120 kg.
He’s hoping to reach his goal weight of around 150 pounds and undergo skin removal surgery before deciding whether to lose more weight.
Working through his feelings had a huge impact on his success.
“Therapy was the most important part of this transformation. Where I grew up a man, you don’t talk about your problems, you just plug them down, which made me drink, ”he said.
“It gets harder before it gets better when you work it through … It was definitely very helpful.”
His physical transformation had helped him return to many of the activities he loved before his weight stopped him from doing them.
“This last winter when I lost about 35 pounds … I went snowboarding again,” Aslett said.
“This winter I’ll be back to normal weight, where I’m very excited that the snow will hit so I can ski all winter this year.”
Aslett’s physical transformation had helped him return to many of the activities he loved before his weight stopped him from doing them. Photo credit: Instagram / @jaycrushesit
Aslett shares tips on what helped him lose weight and adopt healthier habits.
1. Find people who will hold you accountable
When Aslett started working out, he went to the gym with his brother, which motivated him to keep going.
After he started losing weight, he made his Instagram account public.
Sharing pictures and updates kept it consistent.
“I have over 300,000 followers so they really helped with accountability,” he said.
“There are a lot of people watching now and it just makes me excited to be moving forward.”
When Aslett started working out, he went to the gym with his brother, which motivated him to keep going. Photo credit: Instagram / @jaycrushesit
2. Skip the diet
Aslett focused on consuming fewer calories and that helped him lose weight.
He was relieved that he didn’t have to follow a strict eating plan.
“You don’t have to get bogged down in all the details of food culture,” he said.
“Do your own research and listen to credible sources.”
3. Develop discipline
“Discipline is so much more important than motivation,” said Aslett.
“The motivation won’t always be there, but the discipline has to be there if you want to be successful.”
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