Your best days don’t have to be behind you, they can be ahead of you.
At the time of recording, we’re in the week between Christmas and New Year’s, which is a time of the year where we prepare for the start of an upcoming year and reflect on the blessings of the past year.
I want to share with you my story and I hope it causes you to look at the new year as a new opportunity. In 2018, I lost 120 lbs. That’s not the story, that’s just a chapter. My story begins when I started to say “Yes” to my health.
How I Took Control of My Health
- A plan to eat six small meals a day and drink half our bodyweight in water.
- A health coach who held us accountable.
- We had a community supporting us by pulling in the same direction we are.
- The education for long term health because diets only get you to a certain point, it requires learning what health looks like for you.
In April 2018, I was 320 lbs. and I was happy. I ate what I wanted to eat and took a whole plethora of pills to medicate myself to perceived health. Then I watched friends of ours lose weight and keep it off, which is when we went on this health journey. When I started my health journey, I was just on a diet that I had started with my wife.
It was never the same.
I’m not here to sell you a program or convince you to do what I did. I’m here to tell you that it is possible for you to take control of your health and contend in this area of your life, even if you’ve failed multiple times.
I was the Atkins Diet king. I could go on that program once a year and drop 40 lbs. I would always quit and end up back to worse than I was before.
I made a commitment to my wife, Tina, that whatever she put in front of me I would eat. I am a picky eater but I made a choice to treat food differently than I ever had before. My brain was getting acclimated, but we didn’t have all the tools we needed to be successful. In April 2018, I leaned into this program and lost 120 lbs. in less than 10 months.
My goal was 250 lbs. and within four months, I was there. In six months, I hit my BMI weight. And, I have been in that range ever since because during the health journey process I made habits that still serve me well today.
I really want to encourage you to say, “This is the year I take control of my health.” I want you to be the year you do something, the year that put tools in place, get a community around you, get a health coach, educate yourself in healthy habits, and get that traction in your life.
As we enter 2021, don’t set another resolution — set a goal, put a plan to that goal, and put action to that plan for the long haul.