If you’ve read my about page (if not click HERE) then you know at one point I weighed about 265 pounds. Standing about 5’6” when I was 16 years old you can probably figure out that I was really overweight. In fact, by definition, I was obese.
My body mass index (BMI) was through the roof (38) which is much higher than normal (18.5-24.9). I know BMI has its limitations, but it’s not like I was Arnold Schwarzenegger (who had a BMI of around 31-32) with massive amounts of lean muscle mass.
To put it bluntly, I was just really fat. If nothing changed then I knew some bad things would happen, and it was something I really did not want to think about.
BUT, something did happened.
It wasn’t something miraculous or extraordinary, but something rather simple. One Saturday morning in April, shortly before my 16th birthday , I just really looked at myself in the mirror. What I saw was someone who was unrecognizable. I saw someone who had no self control, no discipline, no drive or passion, and, instead, on a crash course for disaster.
In that moment, I made a COMMITMENT that I would change and lose weight. I didn’t have an exact weight in mind, but all I knew is that I needed to change, so I did action. I literally started that day and began eating better. I didn’t wait for the next day I just did it that day — no motivation needed.
My journey commenced.
After a few days I thought about some goals, and figured a good starting point was to lose at least fifty pounds. So, I officially went on a “diet”. The first step I took was to reduce my consumption of fast-food and all obvious sources of sugar, like sodas, juices, candy, cakes, pastries, etc. (Learn more about sugar here). I’ll have to admit that from time to time I would eat some of those foods, but I would try my hardest to eat it in moderation. Over time, however, my urge and craving to eat junk, sugary, greasy food slowly subsided.
During this time, I also became interested about working-out, specifically with weights, that would lead to my passion of strength training. Before I knew it, the weight started to drop off and I lost around 25lbs in about 2 months.
As my journey continued, I started to lose more weight through the increased discipline of my diet and exercise routine . I completely eliminated all fast-food, made exercise a regular habit, and made sure my attitude was good in order to support my goal (losing 50 pounds).
This led to a TRUTH, I know realize, that allowed me to stay on track.
It was my willingness to change, and be committed to that change, that allowed me to FOLLOW-THROUGH on what I wanted to do — lose weight. This expanded my perspective on losing weight and elevated my attitude to stick with it, allowing me to stay on track despite bumps (and walls) in the road.
If there is any secret of weight-loss it’s that right there: changing your perspective on your situation.
This leads you to take personal accountability for where you are right now, and, more importantly, EMPOWERS you to develop a better mindset as you go through this process to move closer to where you want to go (i.e. lose weight). This, at least, is what that “COMMITMENT” to change and lose weight did to me.
If you’re in a similar situation, you’ll likely have to do the same. But, regardless, understand that it can happen and believe that it will and obsess about it until you get it done.
Don’t let excuses and a poor attitude be part of your vocabulary.
What will happen is that you will become a new you and develop an enhanced lifestyle that centers around being healthy. You’ll do all the things that help you not only lose the weight, but also keep the weight-off indefinitely.
This is important to understand because it seems everyone talks about weight-loss as going a diet, losing the weight, and then that weight is gone forever. This notion is completely false.
Diets go away, but GOOD MINDSETS AND LIFESTYLES can last forever.
If you really want to keep off the weight you have to make lifestyle changes, and they come about through changing your perspective of where you are right now.
Once this happens, like it did to me, you will start to implement and integrate eating better, exercising more, getting better sleep, cutting out negativity, and the like into your daily routine. That will become your new normal.
This will allow you to have long-term success (i.e. you won’t gain the weight back and have all the problems you had before). Remember, no matter how hard you work out, a poor diet will and always catch up to you. Through these changes, however, you’ll be able to keep off the weight and never be heavy again because “WHO YOU ARE” doesn’t allow for that.
These changes is what led me to have my journey come full circle, when at 19 (3 years after my commitment), I weighed a full 100lbs less. I was a lean 150lbs and completely transformed into a new person. I couldn’t stop smiling because I was so happy. All the work, effort, and commitment had finally paid off. I wasn’t fat anymore. I was healthier than I had ever been, and I was excited to take next steps to challenge my body further, by adding muscle and improving my overall fitness.
That is my weight loss journey, and to be honest, that old heavy person is a distant memory that I have trouble remembering. Sure, once in awhile I’ll have thoughts or feelings that creep in that remind me of the old me, but I’m not that person anymore and never want to return. My goal is to get stronger, be conditioned, and look a bit better at the same time.
I love fitness…I love health…and that’s why I put my business degree away, and became a personal trainer after college. This is what excites me, and what I want to do. Why I’m sharing this is because you might uncover something that you’re passionate about, health related or not, as you transform yourself.
And, that’s what it’s about. Transformation into a better you as you strive for weight-loss, or improved fitness or health. Who we are becoming is what I have found to be most important in this process (and, for me, always on-going).
Trust me, it’s worth doing.
If you want to learn more details and tips for weight-loss, click HERE for Part 2 of my weight loss series.
As always, thanks for reading.
Until next time, be strong and be you.