As long as I can remember, I’ve battled with my weight. It’s become a part of my life. Why? Who knows. What made me this way? No idea. What I do know, or at least I have recently realized, is that the only thing standing between overweight me and slimmer is my own damn mental block, which is why I decided to embark on Operation Lose 100 Pounds in 2015.
Right from the jump, my inner doubting Thomas started with his crap: “you’ve made this New Year’s Resolution before, and nothing changed,” “quit while you’re ahead,” and so on. For the first time thought, I’ve made it a point not to listen to that blowhard, and I cannot believe the results.
After weighing myself today, on the last Thursday of February, I’ve lost 28.6 pounds for 28.6% of my goal. Holy shit, I’m past the 25 pound mark. I still can’t believe it.
What changed? A couple of things:
– I don’t treat craft beer as the only beer I can drink anymore, it’s now a “special occasion” type of drink. I’ve also tried to start drinking whiskey on the rocks when out with my pals, with varying results.
– Gym every day or as close to every day as my body can muster, and when I do go I don’t leave without burning at least 1000 calories on the treadmill. I’ve only skipped the gym FIVE days out of the 26 in February. That’s unheard of for me.
– Stay the hell away from fast food. I was going a lot, a lot more than I should have been, and it was the sole reason I was maintaining my overweight nature. No more, and the results speak for themselves.
– Allowing the occasional indulgence without killing myself for it. I wasn’t exactly responsible with the craft beer rule last weekend (Atlantic City with Steph Friday, Jess’s surprise 30th birthday Saturday) and I still was down five on the scale this morning.
It’s not easy, but I’ve found a groove and I’m sticking with it, and hopefully it’ll lead to me shedding the rest of this weight and being the weight I’m supposed to be according to BMI.
Why am I sharing this? Because I hope one person fighting their own weight battles will read this and see that it’s possible. I was a LOST CAUSE, someone who would never be at a healthy weight, and now I’m well on my way with a lot more work to do. If I can do this, you can too, reader out there. Your biggest enemy is in your own head. Slay that beast and the rest is history.
Thanks for indulging me, until next time.
I got a tip from my trainer that I thought I’d pass on: take good care of your skin when losing a lot of weight. Drink as much water as you can stand and take vitamin E and C supplements. The more elastic your skin is when losing weight, the less stretch marks and loose skin you’ll have when you’re done. It does actually work!