8 Steps To Losing 65 Pounds - Episode 208 OPEN SKY FITNESS PODCAST

8 Steps To Losing 65 Pounds: Jim Sydnor – Ep. 208

In this week’s episode, I had a really amazing interview with one of our Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook members, Jim Sydnor, about his weight loss journey and how he turned his life around to live a healthy life.

He had been athletic all his life but then he began ignoring his health in his 40s. Over time, he realized that his health was not what it used to be and needed to make a change for himself. Thus, he and his wife began focusing on turning their health around by walking more, cutting out sugars and processed foods, and keeping track of his measurements and progress. In the first 2 months, he had already dropped about 20 pounds.

At the start of his health journey, he was 6’3″ and weighed 265 pounds. In a span of 3 years of learning healthy habits and being consistent, he has now gained roughly 24 pounds of muscle and lost 70 pounds or more of fat.

Lose Weight In 8 Steps

As you listen, Jim has narrowed down his wellness journey to these 8 Steps that you’ll hear us talk about in the interview:

1) Hitting Rock Bottom – Finding Your “Why” For Change

2) Creating A Basic Plan

3) Being Consistent and Executing Your Plan Every Day

4) Tracking and Measuring Your Results

5) Being Able to Change Your Strategy When The Original Plan Isn’t Working

6) Being Held Accountable – Have Someone or Something Help Hold You Accountable

7) Making Yourself The Priority

8) Finding and Participating in a Community

What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30 Check out last week’s show: OSF 207 with Drew Manning: How To Get Fit With Keto

3:00 About today’s episode with Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook member, Jim Sydnor

3:30 The 6-7 turning points you might experience on a healthy journey

9:00 About the Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook

11:00 When people get mad at your – sometimes it’s not about you but it’s actually about themselves and they’re going through.

15:30 Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset – How to be more curious and not have a negative voice running through your mind.

17:00 Some stories from our Sky Fit Challenge participants and their struggles with starting their own health journey. 

20:00 Introduction to Jim Sydnor and his background story.

25:00 The progress he has made with his new mindset on health and wellness.

26:00 What his friends think of his new healthy lifestyle and mindset.

28:00 Various struggles he has faced and what changes he made to create a new plan for himself.

31:00 How he tried to gain muscle when he was younger with steroids and ended up having a bad reaction to them which inspired him to be healthy and strong naturally.

32:40 His struggles to lose the last 5-10 pounds.

35:00 What keeps him going every day to the gym and motivates him to both eat healthily and exercise.

38:00 Fears around death and being healthy as we age.

42:00 The benefits of switching up your workouts so that your body is forced to adapt and change.

43:40 What his family now eats vs. what they don’t eat anymore.

47:00 His health updates with blood panels as far as cholesterol and blood sugar.

49:00 Why changing your diet could be the easiest fix to your health problems such as indigestion and acid reflux.

52:00 Both Rob and Jim’s own rock bottom wake up calls to change their health around.

54:20 The importance of accepting where you’re at now at the moment in your health and what simple changes you can make.

56:40 What advice Jim can give to Rob and other parents about nutrition and having healthy food in the house for the family.

1:00:00 How to raise healthy children via nutrition and teaching them about good self-image.

1:05:00 What Jim is doing today to help him and his wife stay consistent with their healthy lifestyle.

1:15:00 Closing comments with Rob and Devon.

1:19:00 About our 7 Day Paleo Rest at 7DayPaleoReset.com

1:00:40 Open Sky Fitness Closing







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  • How to make an impact on your life and life a life full of wellness.


Look Out For Our Upcoming

Throw Back Thursday Podcast Episodes!

We’ll be releasing new podcasts episodes on Thursdays that discuss previous episodes we’ve done, but we need your help! Go to the  Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group and tell us what your favorite episodes are. Then, Devon and I will re-listen to that episode, pick out the best parts and share even more insights on the topic.

We won’t just be regurgitating the same information over again. Since we began this podcast, there’s so much more information out their on health, nutrition, fitness, and personal wellness. So, each Thursday we’ll really just be going deeper into your favorite topics!


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