My 153 pound weight reduction odyssey – Shaw Native

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a picture of a fat guy is probably worth several thousand.

That was me. A fat guy. And the pictures were taken a few years ago at my brother’s wedding when I was standing with my three very thin nephews.

As I looked at the pictures, the Sesame Street song “One of These Things Is Not Like the Other” kept running through my head. And I was that thing.

That was the day I began what has been a three year odyssey to get thinner and therefore healthier.

For those of us who have struggled with our weight for years, losing it is easier said than done. There are so many starting points when you start the journey. I realized that my journey had to start in my head. I had to change how I looked and thought about food. Again, easier said than done.

For me, the revelation came when I began to assess the amount of food I was eating. Let me just say I love food. I love everything to do with food. How it tastes, how it smells, how it rolls gently over my tongue. Sorry that was gross.

I started reducing what I ate. I found that I didn’t need more than one serving of anything to feel full. I just wanted it. So I started not wanting it. I also refrained from eating anything after dinner. This was tough because I used to love a bowl of cereal right before bed.

But cutting back on food alone wouldn’t get me where I wanted to be. So I contacted a friend who was a trainer and asked her for help. She put together a beginner’s workout that gradually intensified until I could feel the difference.

In the first year I went from 340 pounds to 285 pounds. But I wasn’t finished yet.

In the second year I changed my diet again. I gave up bread, which was like losing a best friend, and other carbohydrate-related products. I also reduced the amount of red meat I ate and focused more on chicken, fish, and vegetables.

Success breeds success and as I continued to see the weight drop it inspired me to continue on a steady course. By the end of the sophomore year, I had dropped from 285 to 210. And there I sat, frustratingly, for months.

Then a friend sent me a link for an ab workout video provided by a cheeky little Aussie in the form of a 20 minute visit to hell. I tried, not always successfully, to do the workout every night whether I was ready or not. At the same time I started running. Not far at first, but gradually a little more distance. Gosh, I hate running. But I knew it would help.

For those of you sitting on the edge of your seats to see how much I’ve lost overall, and yes I realize no one is sitting on the edge of their seats, drum roll please; I weigh 187 these days. I’m not good at math, but that brings my total weight loss to 153 pounds.

Is there an insider tip for losing weight? Yes, but I won’t say it. Just kidding.

I would just quote Yoda: “No! Dont try. Do. Or not. There is no try”

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