I am always honored when I get a message (FB, phone call, email, whatever) from a friend or even a stranger who is asking about my story. Asking for my advice about where to start when it comes to weight loss. I am not an expert nor have I ever claimed to be an expert…BUT. I’ve been there. I’ve worked it off. I learned how to live a healthy lifestyle and I love talking with others about how they can do the same thing……..or even better!!!
What you see below is a sample of what I wrote back to just such a message this morning.
First of all. Thanks for picking on me. Lol. Helping people take their lives back is my passion, that’s why I live in the public honestly.
What got me started??
I got sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I wasn’t a good husband.
I wasn’t a good father.
I couldn’t help my wife with house chores.
I couldn’t play with my kids much anymore.
I was tired. I was grumpy.
I slept all the time.
I felt horrible.
I had neck issues.
I had back issues.
I could probably go on and on, but you get the idea.
Here’s the bottom line though, I had to change something or I wasn’t gonna last very much longer.
You mentioned running. Let me say that you don’t have to be a runner. I hear that a lot actually and my answer is always the same. There are SO many things that can be done from a fitness stand point, but we can get more into that later.
Let me share my three success factors that I’ve tried to live by since I started my journey. Call them basic principles if you want to, I believe they are necessary
- Know what/how much you are eating
- This is crucial to your success
- Shut up and sweat
- DO THE WORK
- Do it every single day
- Make it a lifestyle
It’s all about lifestyle, right? Start by looking at what/how much you eat. I use myfitnesspal to track my food. It’s free and works well. Start there. I wouldn’t even change anything for about a week. Just track everything you eat. You will probably be surprised at what you see, maybe even floored by what you are putting in your body. THEN and only then make adjustments.
Now that you know WHAT/HOW much you are eating, start by making small changes in your life. Not all at once, you will get frustrated and give up. It happens every day with people. Small changes, maybe give up soda and a 15 min walk. Do that for a week. Now that this is a habit, make another change…. And so on
Please. Let me help. Use me. Ask questions.
What is your story now? How can I help?