My Name Is Chris Tarpos
My name is Chris Tarpos.
I am a broadcast technician, an actor, and a fitness junkie.
Statistics say that only 3% of the population will transform their bodies in one’s lifetime. That’s crazy to think, isn’t it? That’s such a short percentage of our earth’s population. I am proud to inform all of you that that I am part of that 3%.
I conquered obesity. Here is my story.
I’ve lost over 150 pounds naturally since starting my fitness journey in October 2014. Never once did I quit. Never once did I plateau. For me, the secret to losing weight is exercise and eating healthy. It is that simple. I don’t believe in the word “diet.” I find that this word is loosely used in today’s society. Diets don’t work, but you already know that, My daily food intake consists of chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and water.
I go to the gym 5 days a week, 2 hours a day. I start with an hour of weight lifting and then finish with an hour of cardio (usually spinning class). I found that doing cardio when I was at my heaviest really helped in losing all the weight that I did. Just lifting weights wasn’t cutting it for me. Everyone’s body reacts differently when losing weight, but mine reacted best when I did cardio. Some people hate cardio and some people love it. Fortunately for me, I loved it. Plugging in my iPod and listening to my favoruite tunes really helped motivate me to finish that hour.
People often ask me how I did it. The truth is, I cannot quite put it into words. I just had a lot of will power and dedication. I knew I had to lose weight, and so I just stuck with it. To tell you the truth, I did not enjoy going to the gym at the beginning, but I have now become obsessed with it.
The one thing that left a burden on me during my weight loss was all of the loose skin that I endured over a three-year period. When I lost all of my weight, my skin never shrank back to its regular size. I never had the chance to get abs or show proper muscle definition. My stomach and lower back looked really ugly without a shirt on. I started wearing man’s Spanx in May 2013 and wore them up until May 2017 to hide the fact of how much skin I had.
I decided that I needed to get skin removal surgery. I didn’t lose all that weight and work my ass off for nothing. It was an investment and a life changing decision that I needed to make. My happiness and health is what matters most to me. In May 2017, I had part 1 to my skin removal surgery. I removed all the skin on my upper stomach, my lower stomach, and my whole lower back. In January 2018, I had part 2 to my skin removal surgery. At that time, I had my chest reconstructed and I had the skin around my thighs removed. It was a long and painful recovery for both parts. My body looks completely different, but I am happy and I can thank myself (and my surgeon).
Since 2014, I have accomplished some really cool things in life. I’ve been featured on Mark Wahlberg’s Facebook page and website for my weight loss, I’ve gotten to be in fitness magazines sold around the world, I’ve made friendships with some of the most influential body builders on the planet, BuzzFeed named me one of the top influential weight loss Instagram personalities to look for in 2017, I was recently on an episode of the Emmy award winning series, The Handmaid’s Tale, and I am now part of the Healthy Is Hot squad!
Something that I wanted to do that not a lot of people have done is film my journey. I decided to buy a vlogging camera and document my weight loss over the past four years. My documentary, Chris Got Fit – A Weight Loss Documentary, will be coming to YouTube at the end of 2019. You can view the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AXFbx9OpeI.
You can also follow my fitness and lifestyle Instagram account - @ChrisGotFit (https://www.instagram.com/chrisgotfit).
My one piece of advice to anyone who is looking to lose weight is to do it naturally. Don’t cheat by drinking shakes, taking diet pills, or getting surgery to harm your body. These are only quick and temporary fixes that won’t do you any good and will leave you disappointed or discouraged.
To any of you who are reading this – If you’re worried that you can’t do this, just know that you can. Believe in yourself. Trust yourself. Don’t give up. If I can do this at the weight that I was, then you can too. If you’re willing to do the work, you can do anything. Get a goal, get a plan, and get up off your ass. Always remember to breathe in and breathe out. If you are willing to do the work, you can do anything.
If I could help at least 1 person from this, then I have truly accomplished something. I hope this inspires others to reach their fitness and nutrition goals.
My name is Chris Tarpos, and I believe in health and fitness.