Raymond Gerts

Biography

I've wanted to write a book on weight lose for several years but never found enough time. My personal story with my weight has been my inspiration to write this book. I have been between chubby and thin since I was a child. It wasn't until I reached 50 years of age that I made a conscious decision to stop yo-yoing and keep the extra weight off.

I've lost also 60 pounds from my highest point and it does take time and you can lose your way along your journey but it's a journey worth taking. I always believed in working out all the way back to 8th grade when I bought my first set of weights. I was active in school sports all through high school. I had some bad injuries in sports and there was years when I wasn't workout and I did gain some weight back, but after school when I started working I was a helper on a Coke truck. I had to unload the truck everyday by hand and bring the cases into the stores. Later I had my own truck but the work didn't get any easier. Most days I didn't have a helper. I worked alone and the days were long.

I lost any extra weight I might have had over the next few years. I left that job for more money working heavy construction. As an iron worker tying re-bar on a highway concrete crew I got plenty of exercise so it was easy keeping my body in shape. The reason I mention these jobs is because of the hard work over those 10 years of working blue collar, I had stopped working out. I was staying in good shape and never thought I needed to workout. I had to quit working construction after I had an accident at work and spent the next several weeks in the hospital. After I recovered I was doing physical therapy but I was on crutches for several months. After that I knew I wouldn't be able to go back to construction.

I bought my own business and was doing well but I wasn't very active and I started to gain weight. Over the next few years I had gained about 50 pounds. By that time I knew I had to lose weight but whenever I would lose a few pounds, I'd gain it back. For several years I yo-yoed up and down, until I finally got serious about my weight. So I'm writing this book to give you some valuable information, most of which I learned the hard way, so you might be able to lose the extra weight you've been struggling with.

I quit trying several times but always went back to some sort of diet. I slacked off on the exercise for several years because of my bad knees, but after several years of therapy and one knee surgery, I started back on a regular work-out schedule. When I got my diet and exercise working together, I was finally able to lose the body fat and keep it off.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm not really found of book fiction. I'd rather read non-fiction on subjects that I'm researching at the time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I first started writing about 10 years ago. I wanted to write about my travels. My wife and I have visited over 35 countries over the past 25 years and I thought I'd have some interesting things to write about. I started by writing a blog on Wordpress but after about one year, I wasn't pleased with my writing and I basically ran out of things to say.
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Books

Getting to a Healthy Weight – It May Be Easier Than You Think
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,780. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
IN THIS BOOK YOU'LL LEARN: Why you gain weight Why you shouldn’t gain weight Why you should eat the right foods Why you have to exercise Why some foods will harm you How to get to a healthy weight Good diet information Weight loss facts I did a lot of research to write this book. I made dozens of mistakes over the years trying to lose weight and with my help; I hope you can avoid some of them.

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