In my previous post I discussed the negative consequences of using diet pills. That made me think of my own weight loss program and how it became a lifestyle for me. Like I’ve said many times before, this is what worked for me. However, I would like to use the next several posts detailing how I went about losing 140lbs and kept it off. Everyone is different but hopefully you can take some of the information and apply it for yourself.
Growing up I was always a big dude. I was usually the biggest kid in my classroom. In the fifth grade I was already 5’11 and 200 lbs. However, I was very athletic and played football and basketball during this time.
As I went through middle and high school, I began lifting weights twice a day and excelled in football and track. At this point I weighed 305 lbs and it was solid muscle. I went to college on a football scholarship and unfortunately suffered two knee injuries that ended my football days.
This was the time that I started to become heavily involved in the street life. Everything was about making money, wearing the latest designs, smoking weed, drinking Crown Royal, and flossing in the club. Of course health or anything else was not on my mind. Due to the fact that I was always running in the streets and not lifting weights, I dropped down to about 245 lbs.
This reckless path continued until I got locked up. Not too long after my release I became homeless and was living out of my car. I was eventually blessed with a job at Volvo CE and promised myself that I was going to make up for lost time. I wanted the largest steak that I could find, the thickest burger, and the sweetest desserts. I wanted all of the Crown Royal that one man could consume. So I worked 60-65 hours a week and would eat and drink all weekend long.
So of course the pounds started to pile on but I honestly didn’t pay it any attention. Even when I started shopping at the Big & Tall stores I still didn’t pay any mind to the reality that I was blowing up. This reality did not hit me until one day I struggled to lift my leg up to tie my sneakers. This was something that I had never experienced especially since I was a former athlete.
I then tried to check my blood pressure one day at Wal Mart and my arm would not fit into the cuff. So I finally decided to step on the scale and check my weight. I was blown away to see that I weighed 343 lbs! It was one gut check after another. I finally came to the reality that my behind had become too big to ignore.
This was my moment of truth. I had come to a crossroad where a decision had to be made. The hardest thing for people to do is look in the mirror and be honest with themselves. Reality sucks but denial is death. Regardless of if you are overweight, have high blood pressure, diabetes, or are just in poor shape you must have a reality check. Nothing changes until something changes. And something does not change until you become honest with yourself that something needs to change.
So that was the first step in my journey. I had to face the reality that I needed to start a health journey in the first place. That would be my advice to anyone that’s on the fence about losing weight. Close out what the world and those around you have to say. Look yourself in the mirror and do an honest assessment of your situation. Until you do that I can promise your reality will never change.
My next post will focus on my purpose for losing weight. Establishing your purpose for why you want to lose weight helps to establish your goals and strategy.