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.”