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Year End Reflections – How Shedding Over 100 Pounds Has Improved My Life

It is the end of the year, and this entry records my last weigh-in and shot day for the year 2015.  I have to admit, when I started this year, I didn’t expect to be finishing it off over 100 pounds lighter.  Of course, I am very happy for this.  Today’s weigh-in saw me at 105 pounds off my original starting weight.  It’s amazing to me how much of a difference that makes in the quality of my life.  Here is a list of the top five things that I have noticed after releasing all of that extra baggage:

Top 5 Countdown

  1. My physical well being has improved. I think this is a pretty obvious thing to note.  Letting go of more than 100 pounds of weight has relieved my body of the burden of carrying that around.  This was probably the first thing I started noticing right off the bat.  When I started this program, I had problems with simply walking.  My knees and feet took the brunt of all of that force bearing down on it, and they hurt.  When the weight started coming off, my feet, legs and knees cried out with joy and gratitude.  It was hard for me to go up and down stairs, but now I maneuver over those obstacles with nary a second thought.  And I can even run and jump where before I couldn’t even consider doing those things.
  2. My responsibilities around the house are not so hard to accomplish. Because I am no longer burdened with the extra weight, I feel like I can tackle tasks and activities that I would have been too tired to do in the past.  I love to go out now, and even something as mundane as going to the store isn’t quite so much of a chore (there are moments, though).  I feel more energetic.  I find myself moving faster around the house, and this has translated into my ability to do more tasks that have been needing to get done.  I feel more productive and I actually want to do things.  I admit I don’t know if I’m actually doing things that I should  be doing (my wife would be better suited to answer that question).
  3. My personal self image has improved. I don’t think this is unique to my own experience, but I will say that before my transformation to getting healthy began I didn’t have a very good self-image.  I would go so far as to say I hated myself.  I never really felt I was worthy of anyone’s love.  I felt like a worthless blog of a person.  I find it interesting how physical health can be so tightly tied to emotional and mental health.  In theory, it’s possible to have a positive self image even if you’re over weight.  We see it all the time with many people.  And yet, for most of us, I would say the two are quite intimately bound together.  But after shedding the pounds, I find myself happier and with a much more positive image of myself overall.  I know I’m worth loving; and always have been.  I’m also very pleased with what I have done for me.  I feel healthier in my mind as well as my body.
  4. My relationship with my wife has improved. Not sure if this would be obvious or not.  But I know that there are aspects of my relationship with my wife that have benefited tremendously from my journey.  There seems to be an increased sense of intimacy between us, and we seem to be connecting on several levels; connections that we either lost at some point or new connections that we are now making.  I can’t really put my finger on it, specifically.  But I do know that our relationship has been better in several ways.  I am forever grateful to Heavenly Father for giving me the desire to take this journey, if for nothing else than the fact that I feel closer to my wife than I have in a long time.
  5. My relationship with my children has improved. This journey to get healthy has had benefits for my children, as well.  Or maybe it’s still me.  For a long time I had believed that my weight problem was interfering with my ability to interact with my kids on a more active level.  And now I have the ability to prove that belief.  And I’m seeing that I was right.  I can now run and play with my kids in a way that I haven’t been able to do in a long time.  The key word here being run.  Watching the joy on my kids’ faces as I chase after them is awesome.  They don’t expect it, and are delightfully surprised when I engage in play on their level.  And it’s not just play time where this benefit comes in.  I am now able to join them in their exercises (riding bicycles), or taking them on outings, and so forth.  I look forward to the day when I can accompany Braden and Leah as they ride with their mountain bike team next season.

Seriously, if you’re thinking you need to make a change in your life to get healthy, then do it.  I know it’s not always easy, and perhaps you don’t know where to start.  If I can be of any help, please don’t hesitate to write to me.  You can use the contact form on my About page, as well.  I am also available through Facebook.

My path to getting healthy started with Tucson Medical Weight Loss; an organization that has helped me achieve far more success in my goals than any other program I have tried (Atkins, Nutrisystem, etc).  They aren’t the only option, though, and I’d be happy to help you find other answers if the TMWL programs are too expensive (I recognize that this may be the case for a lot of people).  If you’re in Sierra Vista, I also recommend Active Weight Loss Center.

I’d like to close by urging anyone who feels the burden of their extra weight to seek out your solution.  But don’t just sit there and feel bad for yourself.  I have always said that the first step to achieving your goals is to start on the path.  The first step is simply making that first step.  If you don’t do that, you can’t start your journey.

I wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year!

-Brian

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