I have thought about sharing my struggle with obesity for some time. Its not the sort of thing that makes anyone feel completely comfortable – talking about personal health. But I want others to be inspired and I want you all to know that it is possible for anyone to dramatically improve their health, one effort at a time. The hardest thing about loosing weight and feeling strong and confidant is the emotional ride that goes with the physical process. It is gut wrenchingly difficult to even believe it is possible at some points.
I am sharing my battle with obesity because I know that whomever you are, you can get healthy and feel good with patience and hard work.
It all started when I fell in love. It was strong enough a love to convince me that I should get married. Now, for a guy like me, who does everything to the maximum, marriage was going to be that too. I was going to love and support her with everything I had. But, as those of you with some emotional maturity will know, you have to have balance in a relationship in order for it to be healthy. It seems dumb that I would not know this, but hey, I can’t be an expert at everything all at once! It takes an experienced heart to truly know love. To make a long story short, my heart was broken and shrunk to the size of a pea, and I took to being a studio hermit with a diet of sugary coffee, pizza, desserts, etc. It didn’t take long before I looked like I had ballooned into a depressed blow-fish.
Step 1: I introduced fruit!
Step 2: I started running
Step 3: Protein shakes
Step 4: I tried several group fitness classes
Step 5: I got a personal trainer
I know it is expensive, but its worth saving up for. You only need to see them 10 maybe 15 times and you will learn what works for you. Then just take the lessons they give you and move on. I made my budget clear to my trainer and started with once every two weeks for a couple of months, then once a week for a couple of months. All together I think I went maybe 20 times. It was an investment to be sure, but I learned so much – no small talk with this guy – I squeezed every bit of advice out of the trainer that I could while working out. In the end of my training, I was doing push-up competitions with the other trainers!
Step 6: I STOPPED SUGAR!!!
Step 7: I got to know what a good diet looks like
Step 8: I developed my own personal workout
It took half a decade for me, but it taught me a lot. Most importantly I learned to – NEVER GIVE UP!