When my buddy Derek first told me about this, I didn’t believe him.
Derek and me hanging out at an industry event earlier this year
One inch off your waist in 72 hours? Seems too good to be true, right?
Well, I’ll let him tell you about it. After knowing what he’s went through in the past 2 months, I wouldn’t doubt him …
How I Lost 1 Inch Off My Waist in 3 Days
Guest Article by Derek Wahler, author, 100 Rep Challenge Workouts
What I’m about to tell you is true.
All of it.
The fat loss, the emotional pain, living in hospitals, and having myself, my wife, and my 2-week old daughter all hooked up to an IV machine at one point in the past 2 months.
It’s been brutal. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But there is a silver lining, which will make you more successful in EVERYTHING that you do.
I’ll also try it make this relatively short
On June 5th I flew out to San Diego for a fitness conference – one that I would never make it to.
Instead, I ended up at Sharp Memorial Hospital. At the hotel the night before the conference, I had extreme stomach cramping and vomiting for 6 1⁄2 hours.
After being checked out by 6 different doctors, having multiple CAT scans, and being poked with too many needles to count, they came to this conclusion…..
Luckily they took another CAT scan 5 hours later, because I knew they were wrong. The second CAT scan revealed the truth…
Never heard of it before?
Neither had I.
I turns out I was born with my large bowel and appendix on the wrong side of my body. That was problem #1. Problem #2 was that my colon had expanded, then rotated inside my body, crushing all the organs in its path.
Now THAT started to explain the severe pain
It led to emergency bowel and appendix surgery, a 10-inch scar from the top of my stomach – down around my belly button – and past my waist.
I had tubes that went up my nose and back down my throat. I could barely get out of bed on my own, and had to walk with one hand on the wall – the other on my IV stand.
I lost 15 pounds in 10 days at the hospital, with 3 of those days being an “ice cube only” diet. I was fragile and weak, since my body basically ate all my hard earned muscle.
I was physically shot and instructed not to exercise for 2 months. I had to eat a low-fiber diet (I was encouraged to eat white bread, pasta, macaroni, ice cream and NOT fruits or veggies – because my body couldn’t process them) and had hit rock bottom.
That was until last week, when I got the WORST news a parent could possibly get.
“Derek, you have to take your 2-week old daughter to the emergency room….they’re waiting for you”.
You see, my daughter Elena had a bad rash that caught the pediatrician’s eye during a routine check-up.
Since she’s so young, a potential virus could spread to her brain and spinal fluid, so they wanted to take immediate action.
I almost collapsed right there in my living room.
As I write this article for you, I’m sitting in room 5422 on the 5th Children’s Hospital.
My wife and I have been here for 5 days, sleeping on what amounts to a twin bed. Thankfully all tests have come back negative, but they still have no idea what’s wrong. We could be here another day, or another week, who knows.
So what does this have to do with losing belly fat?
I was finally cleared by my doctor’s to exercise a few weeks ago. I’ll be honest, I’m weak and a former shell of myself. I’m starting back at ground zero.
I can’t use heavy weights, or any weights for that matter, so I did these short bodyweight workouts instead.
This is my comeback…and I’m tracking every single detail along the way:
Whatever happens in your life, no matter how far you fall, you can NEVER give up. Everything was taken away from me in the past 2 months, but here I am, determined to make my comeback.
Don’t let anything keep you down.
- Derek Wahler
Author, 100 Rep Challenge Workouts