I’ve had this in the works for a while now, and after an email I received I thought it was time to share. Over the past year (well, almost) when I’ve spoken to people about what I was doing, I’ve been asked a few times what my secret has been. And I’ve been surprised when people get snarky when I tell them…nothing.
It’s a little frustrating when people think there is a big secret, a magic pill or fad diet that works. I’m finding sometimes when people are interested in how I lost weight that they simply want to hear what short cut works. They want the easiest and fastest way to lose weight…it’s not easy, at all. It takes a lot of hard work and determination.
Everyone has advice on weight loss, much like pregnancy and everyone has something to chip in. A coupl eof things others have shared with me that I agree with. Counting calories, carbs or fat grams are not as important as the quality and quantity of food that you eat. With that said, measure portions. I was told that once I quit eating junk food I would see it tastes like crap. It’s true…it makes me quesy and nauseous. Alcohol does in fact have calories. I miss beer, but it’s 100% unneeded calories.
I also learned fast that television makes me hungry. All the food related commercials don’t help, at all. The restaurant industry doesn’t care if you’re fat. Their job is to sell what they make and turn a profit, not help you get healthy.
I have learned and have shared that you will never lose weight because someone tells you to. I can’t tell you the number of times since Pam and I have been together that Pam wanted to get healthy, and wanted me to diet with her. Sometimes I tried. Other times, I sabotaged her. At the time I didn’t see it that way…now, I do. I regret doing that.
Once I started to lose weight, I wondered why I didn’t do it years ago. I fought the feeling of regret a lot the first few months I was losing weight. I got over it be realizing I have one life, who knows how long I have. No one can predict how long they’ll live. Instead of regretting what I could or should have done, I decided to enjoy every second I have with Pam, K and PG.
I learned I couldn’t do it alone. I’m blessed with an amazing support system…a kick ass coach, fatastic mentor, awesome friends and a loving and supportive family! No way I would be where I am today with out each and every one of them.
When I weighed in over 300lbs I used to curse seat makers on buses, trains and airlines because I didn’t fit into them. I don’t think I’ll ever lose the feeling I had when I’d get on the blue line, or when I watched people get on and see the one empty seat next to the fat guy. I would see folks cringe or shoot me dirty looks. I hated that. I couldn’t see my feet while standing up and couldn’t touch my toes, or tie my shoes without sitting down. Kneeling became very difficult. I learned that being fat is not natural. I was overweight and lost weight, I feel happier and more confident.
There is no greater feeling than realizing you fit into a pair of pants that did not fit you a couple of months ago. Having to buy new pants or a new belt because your pants and/ or belt are too big is a close second. A very close third…watching someone you know, who hasn’t seen you in a while, walk by you and do a double take because they don’t recognize you is awesome!
Running is a great way to lose weight. Running is easier when you have good shoes…thanks to Mark at Runners High n Tri for showing me that.
The failure rate for dieters is high. Even successful dieters often gain the weight back. Yes I’ve lost over 10lbs but I’m fearful that if I’m not careful I will gain it back. I drempt last night I hadn’t lost the weight, I woke up in a panic, in a cold sweat. It’s a battle, I know I can’t let my guard down or ease off the accelerator. I know I’m on a slippery slope and could lose if I do.
But I won’t. I am stronger than my urge to stuff my face. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance and I’m not going to squander it. Anyway I thought I’d share hoping that if you’re on the fence with getting healthy, maybe you’ll take the first step!