230 lbs vs 165 lbs and The Bigger Picture

January 26, 2009 · Print This Article

230 lbs vs 165 lbs

You could say it has been a bit crazy for this Hawaii personal trainer these past few weeks.

A couple weeks ago, a lady rear ended my car pretty hard.

Unfortunately, my car is not drivable so I’ve been walking and skateboarding everywhere I need to go. Yeah, it’s not as comfortable as driving a Mercedes but I am thankful every single day that I am still able to use my legs at all.

It was years ago, but I can still clearly remember how it felt to be 230 lbs and walk from my old apartment by Kapiolani Hospital to Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu on the corner of Kalakaua Ave. and Kapiolani Blvd.

It was the last job I had before I started my career as a personal trainer.

It wasn’t a far walk at all, but back then I was much heavier.

I swear–it felt like torture.

The distance is comparable to the hike to work I’m doing now, but I can tell you from personal experience that it feels WAY easier at my current 165lbs.

If you want to feel the difference in carrying a little bit of extra weight with you can make, stop by my gym/office in Honolulu and walk around in my 10-20 lb weighted vest for 10 minutes.

You will not believe it!

Anyway, fast forward to the weekend…

The Bigger Picture

That Saturday, I took a trip to Hilo to visit my 97 year old Grandma.

While I was in Hilo, my Grandma fell backward onto her butt and fractured her hip & femur.

I literally looked into her eyes a few milliseconds before she hit the ground.

It felt like slow motion.

I can’t even describe what a terrible thing it was to see the pain in my poor Grandma’s face and to actually hear the sound of her fragile 97 year old bones splitting apart.

I spent about 8 hours by her side in Hilo Hospital that day.

So why am I telling you this?

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you probably know that I specialize in fat loss and body transformations.

I’m pretty good at it.

I’ve built a diverse portfolio of Hawaii personal training clients Before & After photos that any personal trainer in the world would be proud to show. I have a bunch more B & A’s that are not even displayed on my website.

Being able to show proof that my personal training program really works has brought me a lot of business despite tough economic times.

Helping someone change their body and gain self confidence is a highly satisfying feeling.

And yet, it seems almost trivial compared to the bigger picture.

The bigger picture was something I didn’t truly understand when I first started training people.

Fitness & personal training is about so much more than just aesthetics and losing body fat.

Yeah, fat loss is important; feeling good about yourself is important.

Being 100% when it counts is important.

How has your age and life experiences changed what is important to you?

Can you remember any “a-ha” moments you’ve had in your life where something happened and it reminded you of something you already knew?

When you’re in your teens, body composition and fitness might not be a huge priority. However, if you’re the fat kid, you definitely wish you were not (I know this one from personal experience too).

When you’re in your 20’s, you probably want to look better, be confident, and leave a good first impression with the people you talk to; it could be a potential employer or a potential mate.

Were you concerned with your health?

Maybe, maybe not…

What about your 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s?

What’s important to you then?

It might be the same, it might be different.

Has health become important to you yet?

What about when you reach those “golden years”?

What matters then?

I think seeing your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren matters.

Having a healthy heart & lungs matters.

Being able to get out of your chair matters.

Being able to lift your arms over your head matters.

Don’t laugh because it’s not happening to you yet. During my stay at the Rehab Hospital of the Pacific, I actually witnessed seniors 20-30 years younger than my Grandma that were not even able to lift their arms over their head!

Strength matters.

Flexibility matters.

Balance matters.

Functioning matters.

Having strong bones matters.

These are all things that you can train and improve!

Not falling down matters.

If you fall down and break your hip, you’re not “able” to do anything.

You’re disabled!

Being able and not disabled matters!

I cannot express just how important it is for people to work out regularly.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “if you don’t use, you lose it”.

It’s exactly right.

Your muscles are as strong as your body requires them to be.

When you challenge your muscles to do something more challenging then what they’re used to, they respond by getting stronger.

The sooner you start; the better off you’ll be in the long run.

I hope you can see the bigger picture.

Stay Strong,


P.S. If you want to train with me and reach your fullest potential, then I suggest you get on my waiting list for personal training in Honolulu, Hawaii.

If it is information you need, then I suggest you get your hands on a copy of Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle, or The Truth About Abs. The links are below.




4 Responses to “230 lbs vs 165 lbs and The Bigger Picture”

  1. Brian on February 12th, 2009 7:39 am

    Aloha brother. I’m glad you were there with grandma when she fell, rather than her being alone. I cannot describe the pain I am feeling with her loss.

    I hope you are well. It sounds like you’re doing fine. Keep on striving.

    Your brother,

  2. I’m back in Hawaii! | Chris Ranes - Personal Trainer - Honolulu, Hawaii on March 3rd, 2009 7:27 am

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  3. ChrisR on March 3rd, 2009 7:41 am

    Hey big brother. I’m happy to hear from you. I was so sad after Grandma passed away–I literally would sit in front of my computer and just stare at the screen. Give me a call. I haven’t talked to you in ages.

  4. BDFoster on March 24th, 2009 11:06 am

    Chris, I don’t have your number.

    Email me, or get my number from mom.
    Email is first name(dot)middle initial(dot)lastname@ gmail.com

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