I was always a little bit chubby. Growing up in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, I wasn’t particularly active and I was just a bit bigger and a bit rounder than the other kids. It never really bothered me. I played football and participated in weightlifting early in high school, but it wasn’t anything that required a lot of exertion, or to be honest, much speed so my weight was never an issue. Then as time went by, through college and into “real life,” I ate too much, didn’t exercise enough and slowly gained more and more weight. The moment I realized things needed to change, I was looking at a photo of this guy, my kids, one of our favorite hockey players and the Stanley Cup – and I didn’t realize that I was “this guy.” At almost 300 pounds, I didn’t recognize myself in photos and I knew I had to change the way I was living.
At this point, I had difficulties tying up my shoes without getting out of breath and I had no energy to play with my kids. So I started slowly. I did cardio and basic muscular training every day. I began watching what I ate – making sure I had more fresh vegetables, smaller portion sizes and reduced sugar. After six months, I had lost 75lbs. Around that time, I decided to get out and try something new, to shake up my work out routine. Having never run before, I ran 5k in 36 minutes. I thought that would be it, but two weeks after that, I went and did another one. In fact, only three months after that first run, I logged 170km in one month and decided it was time to try a marathon.
For me, having running goals and weight loss goals have helped to keep my motivation strong. I know I want to be the best possible example for my children, but I also stay motivated by motivating others. I started an online community where people come to share their stories. In October 2011, I was selected as one of SUBWAY® Restaurants’ Commit to Fit Ambassadors. This past summer, SUBWAY® Restaurants challenged Canadians to Commit to Fit as well, by taking the pledge online at www.facebook.com/subwaycanada. I’ve shared my story with Canadians and am proud to help encourage others to lead a healthier, active lifestyle. It’s a great online source of motivation, and provides opportunities for you to share with your friends and family, the steps you’ve taken that day to live a more balanced life, from joining a new team or eating a new vegetable.
I can see the changes in my family now too. My son has started short-track speed skating and my 6-year-old daughter has competed in four organized 1km events. We go for runs together and play outside often. I’m thrilled to be working with SUBWAY® Restaurants this year and participating in Sport Day. On September 29, I hope you can get your family and friends together and join one of the thousands of community programs to get out there and be active! In 2011, after losing more than 100 pounds in just one year, Quebec native Carl Savard was named one of SUBWAY® Canada’s Commit to Fit Ambassadors. Since losing the weight, Carl has become an avid marathoner, running both half and full marathons. He is currently a paid endorsers of the SUBWAY® brand, working to be a personal trainer and public speaker.
* Those considering starting a weight-loss program, should first consult an appropriate medical professional