6 months ago, I didn't know where I would find the resolve to address the weight issues that have plagued me for so long. I was not at my highest weight, but I was creeping slowly towards it. I began seeing numbers on the scale that I had not seen in some time, and I knew the inevitable was happening -- I was returning to the ways of the past. I had gained weight and lost it, and gained and lost it, and I was on my way to returning to my highest weight, and probably surpassing it. I knew I couldn't do it again. I just didn't know how to break free from the never ending cycle.
I remember praying nightly for several days that I would somehow be given the strength to commit to taking better care of myself. I put inspirational music into my iPod, and listened to it nonstop for several days. I dug deep. I acknowledged that this would not be done of my own strength, because I had very little.
I committed to daily exercise for 6 months. I quickly learned that you cannot exercise your way out of bad eating habits, and over the next couple of months, began to make several refinements to my eating habits. I joined Weight Watchers, and created a 'Pillars of Weight Loss' list that contained a 'Best of' strategy for weight loss. I would combine all the things that had worked for me in the past, and fire away relentlessly at this cancerous tumor known as 'obesity'.
As I committed myself to healthier eating habits, and listened to every health-related podcast I could get a hold of, I began to believe that permanent change was possible. I watched YouTube videos daily of people who had won the weight loss battle and provided inspiration to me that the impossible was indeed possible.
After 3 months, I switched from daily TaeBo workouts to a combination of walking/running/body weight and free weight workouts. I endured touring, traveling, funerals, upset schedules, injuries, lack of motivation and anything else life can throw at you in the course of 6 months. I endured it, and never broke my vow to myself.
I did not set my sights too high -- 30 lbs. in 6 months was a goal I felt was 'doable'. And 'do it' I did. I'm 28 lbs. down, and am projecting that by the actual 6-Month anniversary on the 26th of October, I will be down a full 30. I'll complete my celebration at that time.
I haven't taken a ton of pictures. I have a few from recent performances, and a couple taken just this morning. I plan to post more on Friday, but I'm in the mood to celebrate my 180 days today.
I can't wait to see what the next 6 months hold. I'm aiming for another 30 lbs. by April 26th, 2013. What a day of rejoicing THAT will be. For now, I'm celebrating this 1st of 3 "30 lb." losses. The best is yet to come -- of that I'm sure. Thanks to those of you who have encouraged me thus far. Looking forward to what's ahead.
"Move confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ~ Henry David Thoreau