An Interview with ProPhorm athlete, Montae Kaufman Jr. for the My Journey Series
LAC: When did you decide to start making your health a priority (what or whom inspired this decision) and what were your goals?
Montae: When I was almost 360 lbs and tore my ACL/MCL I got up to 400 lbs while I was hurt. I was also a pack and a half cigarette smoker. One day I felt really bad and started having chest pains and knew it was time to change.
LAC: How did you get started and what did you do to improve your health?
Montae: I got started by doing the workout plan of P90X. I worked out everyday and the only thing I ate for dinner for a month was grilled chicken salads with oil/vinegar.
LAC: How did you stay motivated and what was the biggest challenge?
Montae: I stay motivated due to seeing the results. My parents were also huge motivations. My dad has a health condition where he is on bed rest and a very large guy. He would always push me to keep going and tell me “It’s in your genes and you can change that.” Followed by telling me I don’t want something like that to happen to me.
LAC: What positive changes did you see in your life and what did you learn throughout this process?
Montae: I saw so many positive changes. I became more confident in myself. I saw others around me start to make changes because what they saw me do. People started asking for my help and I found my passion. I was recruited to play JuCo basketball which would’ve never happened! It also got me into college.
LAC: Final Thoughts? Is there anything else you would like share about your story?
Montae: It was a very hard process and had many ups and many downs. The end results were spectacular and the ups outweighed the downs by a lot. If anyone else sees my story and is on their own journey, I just want them to know they need to trust the process and the outcome will be life changing. I can promise that.
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