You see that guy up there? That used to be me. About 3 years, 44 Big Macs, 20 Whoppers, 60 Pizzas, an infinite amount of Trans fat, a wife, and 6 month old newborn baby ago. That guy looks somewhat healthy; but is far from it.
Let me tell you my story….
“For all of my adult life I’ve had to make an effort to keep my weight in check. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people that can just eat whatever I want and not gain weight. Much like a lot of people, I’m an emotional eater. Food had slowly become my drug whereby which I satiated myself with. Without even realizing it, I stood by and watched myself balloon to a whopping 284 pounds.”
I’ve been going to the gym, off and on, for the past 8 or 9 years (probably more off than on to be honest). I’ve tried almost every mainstream diet program out there (Southbeach, Atkins, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, etc.). Now let me let you in on a little secret (cue drum roll)…. THEY ALL WORK!! They all use a very complex, incomprehensible formula as the foundation of their program: burn more calories than you consume and weight loss will occur (less some medical condition). What I had to realize was that the problem wasn’t the diets, metabolism, genetics, or the fast food industry for being so accessible, the problem was me.
I don’t like working out; and I love food (there, I said it)!! Sure I like how I feel after I work out and the results that follow; but I don’t actually enjoy doing the work. I want the results without actually having to give up or do anything: If only that were possible.
While my diet was one area of my life that I knew I needed to change, because the results of my bad choices produced an outward showing, there was another area of my life that also needed immediate attention, that unlike weight gain may not necessarily produce results that are visible to the eye: that is, going to the doctor. Men in general don’t go to the doctor like we should, and African-American men are among the worst of this statistic. Needless to say I’m not getting any younger, and my health is just not what it was a decade ago.
So, over the next year (and hopefully indefinitely) I’ve decided to challenge myself: absolutely no fast food for 365 days (this includes restaurant chains and sub shops), to go to the doctor for regularly scheduled checkups and exams, and to consistently go to the gym at least 3 days a week. I am determined to do all that I can to see my children grow up, and I realize that has to start with the man in the mirror: ME
So I invite you to follow me, support me, challenge me, and most of all I invite you to JOIN ME, on this journey of becoming a healthier me.