Losing weight has possibly been the hardest and most transformational thing I have ever done. For as long as I can remember I was bigger than most guys I hung around. It began to be out of control around 8 years ago. In the last few years I realized my body was holding it differently and I needed to do something about it. I never managed to make a dent though. I had no idea how to start and I truly believed anything different was out of the realm of possibility.
A friend of mine, who works in weight loss, cared for me enough to say he wanted to help.*
This Monday I transitioned off my diet from the last 90 days or so. I have lost 70 pounds and I have never felt better. What used to seem impossible is now my new reality.
Three “anythings” that changed by losing weight
I learned anything is possible.
I had resigned myself to being a large man. I prefer the word large to fat because I felt it more accurately described me. I used my inherited family frame as an excuse.
Dropping this weight taught me so much about persistence and the value of measurable change and proper goal setting. Those two things give every one of us the ability to make anything possible. When we look at something impossible and divide it into bit sized chunks, we can chip away at it. Easily.
I learned that anything can be changed.
This summer I privately admitted to just learning to be fat. I wasn’t large. I was fat. I no longer looked like a former athlete (which I never was) who had just let things get a little lax. I looked like I came off a 3 month waffle house binge. l needed to learn to deal with my weight and find a new way to get around the tough issue.
When I dropped the first 30 pounds in 30 days I started to see things differently. I was lighter than I had been my entire marriage. Pants began to not fit. I was actually beginning to change something I thought was permanent in my life.
Anything can be a new reality
At this point I am still in the honeymoon phase of my weight loss. I still get scared and write down everything and weigh 2x a day. I love who I have become. I caught myself craving asparagus earlier this week.
I actually have a hard time remembering what life was like only THREE MONTHS AGO!!! I have a new reality and it is one I never could have imagined. Many times we think the dangerous and destructive parts of our life are just something we need to live with. I thought for ages about the planned meal I would have the night after my final weigh in. When it came, it was good, but it no longer was a “dream meal”. What my mind and body craved in my former (fat) life is no longer satisfying in my new reality.
This doesn’t apply to just weight. Any part of our lives that hold us back from becoming everything God made us to be doesn’t have to be permanent. I will tell you it took every bit of discipline across every part of my life to make this sort of categorical change. I prayed many prayers as I was out walking at night to get used to a new level of fitness. I learned to lean on God in new ways these last 3 months.
Anything is possible, can be changed and anything can be a new reality.