Monday, January 28, 2013
Let me tell you, there is no better feeling in the world than a job well done, except when you're hard work helps others achieve there goals as well.
Last year I worked at portion control, increased my exercise only slightly, and still managed to lose over 40 pounds. This year I am making an effort to increase the exercise, while maintaining healthy portion control and choices. I've been fortunate in that I have many wonderful friends here who have kept me going when I was losing hope, and a wonderful support system at home as well. I have accomplished far more WITH everyone than I could have alone. The one thing that makes me happy is to see people doing well too.
Plex initially started this to help me stay on track. He was honest in that while he wasn't healthy, he had no interest in being a "small" man. He set no weight loss goal. He set no time frame. When you are 6'3" tall and have shoulders like a linebacker, you know you are never going to be "skinny". He just figured he'd lose whatever he lost, so long as I was reaching my goals. He did it because of my desire to get my diagnosis of diabetes in a controlled state. He's accomplished alot. He thought he was 315 pounds when we started. When we bought the Wii, he discovered he was much higher than that. The Wii Fit wouldn't let him weigh in, and gave him a message that the board was not designed for people over 330 pounds. We started with portion control. Realizing just how much more he was eating over a normal sized portion, and how much less I was, was a good start. We played with the Wii, but kept it to tennis, bowling, sword fighting. The Wii Fit Plus was not pulled out. I didn't want to use it without him.
Well, we are both using that program now. He's actually down to 315 pounds. He's very happy with how he looks and how he feels. He wants to reduce his "dunlap" even more. For those who don't know what dunlap is, it's when your stomach dunlap over your belt. :-) He started by making me a priority, and has found that he is just as much a priority. He's made progress, which in turn motivated me to do more, do better, make better choices. But it doesn't end there.
People at work noticed my weight loss. They've asked what I am doing, so I point them here. Now they are working on making themselves a priority. The one resounding thing I hear is "I'm not as hungry as I used to get on other diets". My answer is simple: This isn't a diet. This is a lifestyle. This is changing how you view the role of food in your life. Other people I work with are doing their own thing, but following the same basics. They eat balanced, move more.
I check in with the people at work who are trying to move more. I ask them how they are doing. I encourage, and advise when asked, and most of all I don't let them forget that they are a priority to themselves. I give them the support that I get here. It makes a huge difference, and I know I am preaching to the choir on this one!
Sometimes the biggest benefits come from practicing what one preaches. I am preaching healthier living, and I am working on the practicing part. No one ever said we had to do it alone, and we certainly don't need to hide in the dark our attempts. If we fall, we get back up. Getting back up is easier when there are hands to help you up.