We recently received an email from a customer who wanted to share with us his weight loss journey and how wearing Bad Monday had helped him with his confidence.
We have shared his story below -
My journey began years ago. I was always a big child, teen. Obesity in America is rampant, especially in children and young adults. Entering my early 20's and beginning my job in banking (still my field of employment after 12 years), the obesity started to run away from me. Working at a bank means I sit at my desk all day long. Boredom and stress eating in conjunction with a sedentary day job fuels the cycle of depression and anxiety, which leads to more eating and more sitting around. I did my best to exercise, to guy groceries, but I would still eat out. My habits of healthy diet and exercise were poor even despite my efforts.
Entering my late 20s, I started to just physically feel bad every day. It was hard to go from a prone to a standing position at 400lbs. I struggled tying my own shoes. I was dying when I'd go up a flight of stairs or had to walk any distance. I had to special order clothing on Amazon because even the Big and Tall stores here in America usually didn't stock 5XLT shirts and 50" pants. All of this is a vicious cycle. The weight fuels the depression, the depression prevents the exercise. The anxiety of both fuels the eating and sleeping. However, I did have support from my family. My wife married me at my highest weight. She believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself. My mom also provided me with support for my weight loss efforts.
I was 28 years old when I woke up one day and decided I am done living this way. I was tired of feeling depressed and hopeless. I was tired of wishing for an early death. I was tired of being imprisoned by my own flesh. I was tired of diets, personal trainers, and self discipline failing. I wanted to live life. I wanted to hike and explore and experience things. I wanted to exercise and feel healthy.
So I sought help from my primary care physician. She referred me to a bunch of specialists, including psychotherapy, nutritionist, and a bariatric surgeon. Together with their help, I was able to install positive lifestyle changes in my behavior and I received a surgery called a Sleeve Gastrectomy through my health insurance plan offered by my employer at the time. This surgery is where 90% of your stomach is removed, and the 10% that is left becomes your permanent stomach forever. All this accomplishes is forcing portion control. Nothing more. You physically cannot fit unhealthy amounts of food into your body. The human anatomy only needs so much nutrition to survive. It's in our society/culture that tells us "this portion is not going to fill me up. I want more." The lifestyle changes are what necessitate the extreme weight loss - the surgery is just the means to an end.
I began to eat the right foods. Get the right amounts of sleep. I stopped drinking and smoking marijuana. I was able to get the proper amounts of nutrients into my body. I was able to establish a healthy exercise routine. Obese persons are among the most malnourished in our society today in terms of blood composition, and that is what I was able to reverse.
Because of those changes, I have now lost 213lbs from my highest weight. I was able to reduce my cholesterol by 88%. I went from a 5XLT to a regular men's Large shirt. I went from a 50" waist to a 32"/Medium waist.
This is when I discovered Bad Monday Apparel. Clothing is a reflection of how we feel inside. I was never able to wear things I wanted to wear because I was segregated to Big and Tall clothing stores. The fact that I can shop with your company and proudly wear the products is very rewarding for me, beyond that of normal satisfaction of just looking good. It's something more for me. It's validation that I made it. That I'm alive. It's the prize at the end of a long, hard, arduous journey that was often times very dark and I wanted to give up. It's proof that I persevered. I pushed and pushed to be where I'm at and be able to wear what I want to wear. The surgery will fail if you don't do the hard work on top of it. Bad Monday represents victory for me. Words fall short in capturing my gratitude.
I get compliments every time I wear BM. My wife loves it, as well. I have placed five orders so far and I love every single thing I own from BM. I happily pay shipping and Foreign Exchange charges on my bank account in order to receive those black bags on my doorstep. Additionally, the community engagement on the VIP group is something special that I am happy to be a part of.
We were so happy to hear that Bad Monday had been a part of someone's positive journey and so impressed with David's story that we had to share it with everyone. Our community is a big part of why we created the brand so stories like this are awesome to see 🤘