Some people are naturally athletic and skillful in sports. Others have a high metabolism and never have to worry about their weight. Unfortunately for some of us we aren't great at any sport and our metabolism is somewhere on par with a tree sloth's. If you fall into the latter category as I do let me tell you there is hope. I have always been large and had to deal with my weight. The funny thing is I have always felt big but I have at least one picture where I know that I thought I was fat but really wasn't at all. I suppose that says something about self-image. My wife tried to get me to do several diets with her over the years and I just wasn't interested as I felt helpless and hopeless to do anything about my situation. Can you relate to that?
For the last ten years I have been 278-289 pounds. I started HRT eight months ago and that REALLY didn't help my weight at all. I can say that it has helped my moodiness and anger and I feel better about being me. So my weight is climbing and I noticed my clothes weren't fitting anymore. The absolute worst thing for me was that it was getting extremely difficult to put on my socks and tie my shoes. I looked like an elderly person trying to bend over and get the job done. I felt terrible. When I finally got up the nerve to step on a scale I was 306 pounds. I got depressed and wanted to cry. I watched that extreme makeover weight loss edition and there was this guy named Mike who was 495 pounds and way younger than me. Well long story short he changed his life and lost the fat. What clinched it for me was that he did a triathalon when he weighed 317 pounds. I said to myself if this guy can run a triathalon at 317 pounds I can lose this weight that I have put on as well.
The latest thing my wife has been doing is a app on the phone called couch to five K. It has a freeware version on the android market so I downloaded it and started using it. The first few days I thought I would die. My heart was racing and I was out of breath in no time at all. I repeated day one several times before advancing to the next day and so on. I am now running 25 minutes straight and have lost 34 pounds since July 4th. I have always hated exercise and thought running wasn't for me. Let me tell you I was wrong. I cut back on how much I was eating and cut out drinking any calories such as soda, juice ect. I am not eating any special foods just things that I like. I feel so much better and my outlook on life itself has changed. I realized that I can be in good health at 44 years old and I know now that my lifestyle has been changed because of a little inspiration from someone else, but mainly because of my decision to do something about my own situation. That is something we can apply to many areas of life. If you dont like the way you are, look, feel, don't whine about it and blame others for your situation. Get off your can and do something about it.
The other day I took my newf, Bella to the dog park and my son was all the way on the far side of the field and it was time to go. I decided to sprint as fast as I could run over to where he was and get him. It felt so good to be able to just bust-ass run and not be out of breath. I can run! Today I run every single day in the morning before work. It gives me time to think and process whatever is going on in my head. I used to think runners were crazy as it couldn't possibly be fun. I was totally wrong. kevin