Sunday, August 29, 2010
I made it to my first weight loss goal. 250 pounds seemed like a long way off when I started this journey at 282 in early May 2010. It has not been easy, and it has been a challenge. I had to take a serious look at what I wanted to do with this life after 50. I was letting my COPD and my fat stand in the way of health and happiness. I believe I had literally given up on trying to feel better and feel healthier. When I looked at all of the things I had to change, I just gave up on putting forth that much effort.
I had to step out on faith. So I made a conscious choice to take my life back into my hands, and “get my life back.” It would not be easy. In those early days of attempting to change the way I thought and felt about food, I realized I was addicted. I had to view food not just as a pleasure, but also as a sustainer. I had to adjust the way felt about vegetables and fats. I had to decrease my portions and begin to expand the variety of healthy foods in my diet. I had to end my long standing relationships with butter, real mayonnaise, real blue cheese, and enriched white breads. I had to curtail my cravings for chocolate, real ice cream and cheese. Not only did I have to deal with the food, I had to begin to move.
My doctor told me in April to attempt to get at least 5 solid minutes of aerobic exercise each day – ‘just five minutes’. There were times over these past years that I would get on a treadmill or use the Bowflex, but never would continue for a period of time. When I determined that I would “get my life back”, I had to get up off of the couch when I did not want to, and go get on the treadmill and continue to do it as part of a pattern. I discovered that the Total Gym and the treadmill were good for me, and accept them as part of a routine.
So, this is where I stand today, 32 pounds lighter and feeling much healthier. I now watch everything I eat and enjoy food immensely, but I will never let it control me again. I now enjoy exercising, because I know it sustains me and helps me feel and look better. I met this first challenge with the support of my wife and children, who cheered me on each and every step of the way.
I will now start on my next challenge, to lose an additional 20 pounds by the end of the year. I will have to step of the exercise, and continue to eat right. I am in it to win it, and I can not turn back now. I am on a mission to “get my life back.”
Monday, July 26, 2010
It was only several weeks ago when I blogged that my 1st goal was in sight. I was fast approaching 250 pounds, and it was feeling good. I could not believe that I was this close to reaching my goal. It had not been easy, but since I was so determined to get there, nothing would slow me down.
Well, here it is a couple of weeks later, and I have not lost another pound. What happened? Well I started reading the blogs and the articles related to weight loss and how we may plateau from time to time, but I was doing all of the right things, at least so I thought.
I was eating way below the projected amount of calories, fat, and carbohydrates. I was working harder and harder to reach my fitness goals everyday, and still I just could not lose another pound.
I am not discouraged. I must stay encouraged in order to reach my goals and most importantly, I must ramp up the exercise and stay on target with the food. I must stay encouraged.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
It seems like yesterday that I decided to get my life back. As a matter of fact, it was on May 5, and I had just visited the doctor's office the week before. There was really nothing that the doctor could say. She stressed the importance of excercise and eating right. The doctor said I should at least walk a steady 5 minutes a day and reduce the food portions. The doctor said that I should really try to lose some weight. It could only help my COPD. I left the office feeling depressed and defeated. I did not think I had the energy to even think about trying to eat right "again" and just the thought of getting my body to move in a steady pace for 5 minutes, seemed almost imposssible that day.
It was already May, and spring was upon us. I was not looking forward to the hot weather because I knew it would be difficult to haul all of this weight to and from everyday. Over the previous months, I had a chance to reflect on what I was doing to myself and how I had come to this point. I knew I had to make a serious change, or this life as I knew it would be over. I had to take some control and "get my life back."
About this time, my wife decided that she would return to Spark because she had been delinquent and had not followed her regimen, and I was a bad influence. I would always persuade her to "cheat" with me.
Well, on May 5, 2010, I decided that enough is enough and made up my mind to do something about this, and it was a real comfort that my wife and daughters decided to all join together to beat this food addiction, and take back some control over our health.
Now here it is, two months later, and I am so glad I did. I am almost at my first goal of 250 lbs, way ahead of schedule. When I make it to 250 lbs, it will be the first time I have weighed this little in almost 15 years. What a difference this has made in our lives. The Spark has allowed me to begin to "get my life back."
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