From walking to the trash bin in the front yard to doing a few simple pushups, the things I had done a few years earlier with ease had become laborious tasks.
Suffice it to say, I became substantially sedentary during my first years pursuing my Bachelor’s degree, and eating frozen convenience foods and double cheeseburgers didn’t make gaining excess weight a difficult task.
Here’s how I lost 90 pounds, and have kept it off for years now…
At 6 feet tall and not getting any younger, I knew that carrying more than an eighth of a ton around meant I was slowly but steadily heading for major health problems in the coming years — especially with family members on both my mom’s and dad’s sides who have grappled with obesity.
With a new treadmill in the house thanks to my mom’s own efforts to lose weight, I began walking toward better health, both literally and figuratively.
Truth be told, I found it hard to start my walking regimen. Having difficulties walking just 100 feet to toss the trash out by the street gutter, it was not really any easier walking the equivalent of 100 feet on a treadmill.
So, I had to start slow, walking for 5 or 10 minutes at a time at a slow pace. After a month, I had worked up to walking 3 to 4 miles per hour for up to an hour at a time. But walking every day was just the first step toward getting healthier, both literally and figuratively.
I also had to cut back (but didn’t cut out) my intake of sugary and fatty foods, and I increased how much water I drank and the number of fruits and veggies I was eating. (I always aimed for a combined 5 a day.) All of these habits took time to adopt, and small steps were the key to monumental success.
Within 5 years, my persistence had paid off. I had dropped from 265 pounds to 175, and after finally working down to a weight where I felt physically comfortable again, made a vow to myself to never return to the point where my weight would interrupt my life.
While it may seem as if life would be easy after losing weight, keeping it off is the second half of the battle and has become one of my driving goals in life now.
I have pretty much maintained the regimen I followed when I was headlong into my pursuit to lose weight that I have since shed.
Here are the main things I do every day to keep my weight at a healthy level:
But a positive, can-do attitude, and an aim for changing lifestyle habits (as opposed to adopting the rigors of the latest fad diet) will help you achieve your weight goals and enjoy long-term health benefits.
Take it from me. I did it, and you can too!
I’m a roller coaster junkie, a weather enthusiast, a frequent traveler, and a numismatist. My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I’m a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). I’ve also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, food, and living green… on a budget.
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