I have made it no secret that in the past 3 years, I have basically just let myself go. In April of 2015, I weighed 215 lbs and was in fairly good shape. I was going to the gym on a regular basis , eating right (most of the time) and I looked/felt great. I started dating Anna, was happier than I had ever been in my life and began to REALLY enjoy myself. In a 6 month time frame, I went from a 32″ waist pant size to a 34″ that ballooned into a 36″, busting at the seams, should have been a 38″, shortly there after. In 2017, we went to see Garth Brooks with some of our friends and as we often do, we took pictures to capture the moment. This is me, February 2017:
I remember, after seeing this picture, getting on a scale and seeing just how far I had fallen. I weight 263 lbs in this picture. At my heaviest, I was at 265 lbs and at the rate I was going, I going to surpass that with ease. I started watching what I was eating, working out here and there and started 2018 weighing in at 253.6. I managed to lose a little less that 10 lbs in about a year. I was not committed to being healthy at all, I was just going through the motions. I made every excuse in the book as to why I could not lose the weight but the main reason was very simple, I was not committed. This is how I looked January 1 2018:
I felt bad, wasn’t sleeping well and the only comfortable clothes I wore were sweats or pajama pants. I was a heart attack waiting to happen, it was just a matter of when. I decided then and there that I was going to drop this weight and get healthy again. I started eating better foods, cutting out all sweets, lowering the amount of carbs I was taking in and exercising a bit more. I would park further away from the entrance of work or the grocery so I would have to get more steps in every day. I started this blog, logging my food and even weighing it to get the right amounts in and not over eat during meal times. I joined a program called “Noom” that helped me to reeducate myself on proper nutrition and type of foods I need to be eating. I resist my urges to grab late night snacks before bed or 2-3 beers in the evening time. I have not been hitting the gym as I should but, I will do better with that. I am telling you all this not to brag, rather to share with you my determination to get this weight off with the hopes that it will inspire you to do the same. This is me, a couple of days before my 53rd birthday (yes I did have a small sliver of cake. My wife made it from scratch and it was my birthday, Get off me!) I am not where I need to be but, I am in a better place than I was:
Take a look at yourself, a hard, honest look. Only you can decide when you will get healthy. All the blogs, self-help and weight loss programs will not to a damn bit of good if you do not commit yourself to being a better you. If you want to be healthy, if you want to just feel better than you do now, COMMIT YOURSELF TO IT RIGHT NOW! If not today, then when? Tomorrow? Like the Garth songs states, “If Tomorrow, Never Comes” then what? Don’t wait for the perfect time to start. If you do, you will never get going. Start today by walking 10 minutes after you eat a meal. Start today by pushing that second plate away at dinner. Start today by replacing that greasy cheeseburger with a grilled chicken sandwich. I don’t care how you do it, just START TODAY! Get yourself a weight goal, or a pant size goal or any other goal of your choosing, write it down, place it where you see it every day and just go for it. If I can do this, you can do this. You just have to commit yourself and set your sights to where you are headed. Each day, you’ll get closer to that destination. It all starts with that first step. If not today, WHEN???
Go out and be the best YOU, you can be today.