In July of 2008, I finally got to a very bad place. The Tipping Point. I had managed to become so big that I was clinically obese. At 285 pounds, I was the poster child for a life of excess food and drink and very little exercise. My whole life had been a yo-yo dieting nightmare with every rebound bringing more and more weight. I was bigger (or more accurately defined...fatter) in 2008 than I had ever been my whole life. It was really a magnificent accomplishment.
My whole life, I had been able to make the yo-yo go in reverse through exercise. I never really watched my diet, I just forced my weight down with lots of sweat and work. This time, however, I was so big I couldn't exercise. My knees took a pounding, my back had two degenerative areas that hurt when I bounced up and down, and I simply couldn't breath well enough. Couple that with acid reflux and edema (swelling) in my legs and the result was a person damaged so badly that it was impossible to lose the weight "normally." My physical health was also impacting one other thing. Alongside my work stress, I ended up taking two ambulance rides from work to the hospital for what was thought (mistakenly) to be heart issues.
Have you ever tried to lose more than 20 lbs? 20 lbs is a lot of weight. It's still not enough, however, to have you classified as obese or severely overweight. Now, imagine you had to lose 80. Or 100. I will tell you first hand that when you have to do that, you are in a really bad place. I will also tell you that it is NOT something you start in May so that you are 'ready for bikini season.' It takes a certain kind of drive to look at that journey, make a life change, and then go after it. You are about to embark on something that will take a long time. The best you can do is hope to lose about five pounds per week. My goal was to lose 80 pounds. My journey would take about four months.
In order to be successful...you need a certain mindset. There will be plenty of enablers out there who want to coax you back to the dark side and encourage all those bad habits.
You have to get a little mean when you reach this point. You have to be completely selfish when it comes to how you feel about this weight loss. You have to think about you and YOUR health and nothing else. You have to look at the people who want their old fat and jolly pal back and let them know, in no uncertain terms, that the person they used to know is about to die. The 'eating machine' isn't coming back. Throw a funeral, do whatever...bury the old you.
I am not going to baby you here. It's hard. End of story. If it weren't, there wouldn't be so many companies trying to invent the next drug to make it easy. If you can make a buck on a pill, there is a company out there that will try to invent one.
You need to have the right attitude. You need to tell yourself that you can do this. You need to be strong with yourself and you need to be hard on yourself. It requires discipline. I will tell you my secret, of how I started every morning of my Optifast diet. I got on the scale and then wrote my weight on a calendar. I then looked in the mirror and said one thing to myself before I started my day. "Fat is NOT acceptable." It saved my life.
You may have questions about a lot of things. You might want to know how I found Optifast. You might want to know how I continue to keep the weight off. You might want to know how you get involved in the fantastic Beachbody products or you might simply just need to know that change for you is possible...and I assure you, it is. If you have questions on anything at all related to your health and fitness...just reach out. I'm here.