When I started this journey, I was feeling fed up with myself.
I had just been through a rough year. It started with the loss of my mom on Nov. 1, 2015, and was capped off almost one year later by the loss of my job at the end of October 2016 during a corporate reduction in force.
I had been with the company for 16 years. Like many other journalists, I gave it much of my life. Nights, weekends, extra hours. In the end, it didn’t matter.
I spent the next two and a half months funkified. I ate too much of not good for me food. I drank too much alcohol. And I got married to the couch. Never a small man, my weight shot up.
One day — it may have been while tying my shoes, or putting my socks on or trying to button my jeans — I decided enough was enough. I had to lose weight and improve my health. Since Jan. 18, I have lost 24.4 pounds by eating better and trying to walk more. There is more I can do, and that excites me because I know this journey will bring many more success stories for me to tell.
But for now, I’d like to share a few of the differences losing just this 24.4 pounds has done as I’ve dropped from 356.5 to 332.1 pounds in the past six weeks.
- I can tie my shoes without almost passing out.
- I can put on my compression socks before the cat has time to grab the toe end thinking I’m playing a game with him.
- When I look down in the shower, I can see my toes without bending over.
- I now look forward to looking down in the shower and seeing what else I may soon see.
- I can get in and out of my truck much easier.
- When the car repair place put me in a Camry for a loaner, I didn’t panic. Well, just a little. But I fit easily.
- My wallet may be a lot lighter since I still don’t have a new job, but it’s not getting lighter a lot faster thanks to healthier eating choices, the elimination of soda and reduction in alcohol.
- My knees don’t ache and my back feels like a load has been taken off it. And when you think about it, 24 pounds is quite a load to carry around all the time. It would be like carrying 109 blueberry muffins, 16 iPads or 363 kings from a chess set. Think how much better you’d feel being able to set that load off to the side.
- My moobies are feeling less saggy and actually a bit perky.
And that’s just for starters. I can’t wait to see what the next 24 pounds brings my way.
Now to find some success in getting a new job …