December 2003 I was standing on a scale, wearing nothing but a paper gown, about to go into surgery. Again. I looked down and saw something that freaked me out. 322lbs. WHAT? Man, that’s one heavy paper gown….
I was going into surgery for a hernia repair. Repairing the incision site from the LAST hernia repair a couple years before. I was, literally, “busting at the seams”. I had reached maximum capacity for this body and it was starting to show.
January 2003 my mother passed away. 55. Massive heart attack. She was morbidly obese, diabetic, and it killed her.
June 2001 my father passed away. 55. Cancer. Was it the Agent Orange? Was it smoking? Either way, gone too soon.
My parents never met their second grandchild. They barely got to know the first. How utterly unfair is that?
I HAD TO MAKE A CHANGE. How much freakin’ clearer does it need to be for me to finally get the message? I’m an over educated idiot.
Yup, that’s all it takes. The decision to do it. Period. No excuses.
There is never a good time. There is only now.
You have to decide and commit to making the change you need or else you will fail. Failure cannot be an option. Share your decision with everyone. Get your family to support you. Get your friends to support you. Get professionals to support you. Get whatever help you need because… this is the plan and failure is NOT an option.
I’ve been as low as 218. I will get to 200-205, which will put me at a very healthy functional weight and body fat percentage. It’s still a work in progress. After Ironman in June, I’ve gained almost 10 pounds back. It happens. Time to refocus though.
today’s not a good time. I’m really busy. Too bad. Today. Now. Not later.
DEC 2003: 322lbs ~56% Body Fat
June 2011: ~220lbs ~19% Body Fat
Net Change? Net Loss of 139lbs of FAT and Gain of 37lbs Muscle.
Dec 2011: ~230lbs ~23% Body Fat
I’ve had my ups and downs… it is not magic. It is hard work! The body wants to keep the weight and will fight tooth and nail to get it back.
Since then I have drifted between 230-255lbs. Higher after surgeries, lower after longer better periods.
But if you see yourself in this story, be real, be persistent, and be consistent – that is the key to long term success.