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Glenn Ferguson

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Glenn Ferguson:

When the opportunity to share the story of my personal transformation presented itself, I couldn't turn it down. I have made some drastic changes in my life over the past few years and hope to help inspire others to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

For the majority of my life I was overweight and had every excuse as to why. Most of my school years, I fell victim to bullying in Junior High and High School. My team mates harassed me for my bad food choices and obesity. While intentions were to help, their actions were definitely more negative than anything.

My spouse Shannon has always loved me, regardless of my weight or poor eating habits. But after years of marriage, Shannon began to notice that I was always tired, lethargic and exhausted. Shortly after I was tested and diagnosed with sleep apnea - a sleeping disorder that caused me to wake up close to 80 times an hour. No wonder I was always tired! I would come home from work and within seconds fall asleep for hours in what Shannon had referred to as my “death chair”.

I had tried almost every diet out there with the intention to lose the weight, but I always went back to my old habits of eating terrible, fatty foods. A typical meal would have been a large pizza and a two liters of soda for my supper; the equivalent of close to two days' worth of calorie intake. I knew I had to make a change, but felt hopeless as I bounced from diet to diet, not seeing the results I had hoped for.

My breaking point, you could call it, came when a Supervisor at work had criticized my weight. This pushed me over the edge and I realized that if I kept going the way that I had been, I would more than likely die a premature death. I began to research my options, and came across one that would change my life and kick start my transformation. September 2009 I underwent weight loss surgery and I have lost a total of 140 lbs to date, and continue to make some great gains in lean mass while decreasing body fat.

For the Past two years I have been training with Henry Vandijk, a National level Bodybuilder, and with his support I have been able to grow in muscle size.

I have required two major surgeries to overcome the obstacles of being morbidly obese, as my skin was stretched out of proportion and I had a collapsed vein removed from my leg

My goal of competing in a Bodybuilding competition will become a reality for me this March 2015 I am competing in the MABBA provincial qualifiers, and I will continue to push and challenge myself.

I want to say thank you to my wife Shannon for her support and understanding while I've been in transition to this new lifestyle. And thank you to my family and friends for their constant support.


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