Weight Loss is a huge topic in the fitness, health and wellness industry. People have different motives or shall I say reasons to seek weight loss. Some do it because they want to look good at their wedding, to look good in a pair of jeans, fit a suit, look sexy in swim suit, to please a spouse, family or friends. I myself never had a weight problem and never put much energy and thought into. But neither did I have a six pack abs showing, but I was contend with my body. I did not start to have a problem with weight gain until after my prostate cancer surgery, back injury and spinal cord surgery. Those events made me slow down my normal exercise program. But some how along the way I wasn’t paying much attention to what and how I was eating. I did notice that I needed larger pants size and in month broke to belts trying to fasten them! It was time for a physical and when I step on the scale it said 220 pounds! I said this can’t be right I argue, telling myself I have on to much clothing. The nurse laughed and said it’s not really going to make all that difference. I had gained 30 pounds in the past 5 years! My doctor said I had to lose at least 10% of the weight. I told myself I would like to get my weight back down to my pre cancer weight. which hover in the 180’s. Is it possible? Yes. All I have to do is do what I have taught for years back into practice. For me that means doing a 30 minute cardio workout in the AM. That can be walking to work, cycling at the gym, walking on the treadmill, swimming, chair fitness, step aerobics, mini trampoline or dancing. Then chose one of those for 30 minutes in the PM after work. Also to do strength training 2 to 3 times a week, lite weights with high reps. I am not a big fan of strength training because I am cardio drive, I like to move. Sitting or Standing lifting weights isn’t fun for me, but I discipline myself and remind myself of the benefits it will do for my health.
The last part is eating healthy again. As I stated earlier I had sort of stop paying attention to what I was eating. I live in the center city and within a block of me there is a Subway, Wendy’s, Taco Bell and McDonald’s. Plus pizza, fried chicken and hoagie shops. It was so easy to make up the excuse that I was too tired to cook. So my smoothies gave way to Cherry Coke and Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich and Home Fries! You do not want to know what my lunch was, but I will tell you, it was Popeye Chicken! And dinner was whatever. Let me paint the complete picture, every now then I would bake chicken at home and have vegetables and salad but that was usually on Sundays only. My doctor suggested that I try the Mediterranean Diet. I like what it has to offer, lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, nuts and the glass of red wine. I was sold on this and today begin my new journey.
I have given myself 6 months to safely drop the weight down, I will give myself patient and not setting myself up for failure. I think some people give up on their weight loss goals because they set unrealistic time frame. They may have been seduced by ad promising them drop 30 pounds in 30 days. They were too hooked on instant gratification. We have to learn to let patience and perseverance have it way.
My reason for lose weight is for my over all health. To reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. To be healthy in Spirit, Soul and Body.