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I know that the title of this post is contradictory to what every other weight loss program is about. And frankly, I’m not doing this for the purpose of teaching you how to lose weight or to even trying to talk you into losing weight. My main purpose is to share with people who are interested in what I am doing to lose weight, my successes and failures and what it means to me as a result. Let’s be reasonable my friends, losing weight is hard. It’s boring and frankly, it’s a pain in the backside. I don’t like it. There are times when I want to pull my hair out. (To be truthful, I want to pull out other people’s hair.) And it seems almost daily that something happens that seems to be a REAL good excuse not to continue or at the very least, take a break. So if any of this sounds familiar and something you are interested in reading, please feel free to join me in my walk on the wild side of cutting a bunch of ugly fat off without it being my head.
First things first: When I started this process, I was a 63 years old, male 6’4″ tall and weighed in at 264.8 pounds. That’s the heaviest I have ever been in my life and I was uncomfortable as hell. I sat around during the day at my job and then I sat around in the evening either writing or reading a book. Of course, at night I lay in bed, but as you might presume, at that weight, I wasn’t very active there either. Please don’t get me wrong, I know there are a lot of people that have bigger problems than the ones I’m sharing. I know that. But, I’m not here to flop things on the table to see who has the bigger one. This is my blog and I think that if you can stop feeling sorry for yourself and hear what I’m saying that maybe you can benefit from it as much as I am.
Anyway, all things considered, I was on the road to several issues that could end in a serious fashion. And frankly, I’m not ready to die…or worse. Not now or anytime soon. Also, I’m not ready to end up sucking through a tube to breathe because I had a heart attack and placed on life support. But, all of that seems too far down the road to worry about. For me, anyway, the thing that bothered me the most was the pain that I’ve been dealing with every day and night because of the stress that extra weight added to my joints. I hurt folks. A lot. During the day I could barely walk or climb stairs and during the night I hardly slept. I needed to make it go away. And to do that, I needed to drop about 50 pounds.
Back in January of this year (2017), I went to see my doctor to get a physical and blood work just to see what limits I had if I was going to attempt this little venture. I knew that I would have to change what I ate. I knew that I was going to have to exercise, I just wanted to know my limitations. We all have them, by the way. I knew before I started that running a marathon wasn’t in the cards. I knew that with a knee injury I sustained a couple years ago that hasn’t fully healed that couldn’t even jog. I hurt too much. Those were my issues and I’m sure you have your own. But like me, you need to know what your limitations are. Well, I found out. As expected, I was pretty much screwed. There wasn’t much I could do, but there were some things that I would just have to focus on.
Because of time constraints, I can’t write about everything all at once. It’s going to take time and I would certainly appreciate your input as I go forth. If you have issues you would like to discuss, please write about them. What I can tell you for now is that over the last six months, I have lost 29 pounds and have gained a lot of strength. I have a lot less pain than when I started and intend to lose another 15 lbs by the end of the year and hope to get myself a lot healthier by the time I am at the weight I want to be. In my next posting, I will explain what I have done so far and what I look out for on a regular basis. Please let me know if there is something I can do to help you with your journey as well. I am not selling any of this information and will share it freely. I might, in time, promote some of my murder mysteries along the way, but don’t hate me for it. Remember, just because someone is selling, it doesn’t mean you have to buy. So please let me know what you think.
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