A few years ago, I started a weight loss program and started documenting my progress. I was happy to lose 15 pounds the first week. Then, I lost an average of three pounds every week after first starting on the program.
That was in 2007 and I finally did get my weight down to 220 pounds despite all the interruptions and changes going on in my life. I started in October. I knew about Christmas and New Years coming and I even wrote an article about how to get through those tough holidays and maintain your weight.
Maintaining your weight was my point that I was trying to make then. If you can’t lose any weight during a tough period in your life, at least don’t gain any. Just maintain it!
So, from October of 2007 to September of 2008 there were quite a few weeks of maintaining weight, full months in fact. I would lose weight, and then gain it back putting me right where I started. I maintained weight!
In December of 2008, I moved to Florida. I celebrated Christmas in Maryland, and then New Years on the beach of Clearwater. My weight loss program was the furthest thing from my mind at that point. I slowly started creeping back up a pound at a time. A pound seems like it’s no big deal. So, it’s no cause for alarm. But, they add up quickly and before I knew it I was back to 240 pounds by the beginning of Summer 2009.
I was ready to begin my first beautiful Florida summer and that’s when a terrible thing happened. My 240 pounds became my enemy one day when I was walking through a sand driveway. I twisted my ankle and all of my weight crushed down on it.
I am not going to get into the graphics of what shape my ankle was in, but I was rushed to the hospital where they had to set it. Surgery was scheduled within a few short days. I now have a rod and eight screws holding my ankle together. Ironically, the doctor says that ankle is in better shape than my other.
I have gone through rehab for my ankle and it’s been two years now. I’m walking and riding the bike. But, I’m still building confidence in my ankle. The thing is that it is time to do again what I set out to do those few years ago.
If you are overweight or if you want to lose a few pounds that are hanging on, then the time is now. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s time to set our minds. When we set our minds, we acknowledge that we have goals. We embed them into our brains. We literally change our minds.
I decided to get started when I hit my maximum weight ever, 281.6 pounds. It has been a month and I am down to 265.4 pounds as of this morning. Over that month, I have done the little things. I invested in a new digital scale. I started a spreadsheet to keep track of my progress. As added reinforcement to my weight loss, I’m documenting it every step of the way through articles, updates and photographs so that I can keep my mind in the game.
This is how I set my mind. Those little things are confirmations. Then, I proclaim it to the world so that I can’t back out now. I have everything in place to make sure that I have the ultimate opportunity to reach my goal. I want to be back to 240 pounds in two weeks. I want to be back to 220 pounds two weeks from that point. It’s an aggressive goal. But, it’s extreme maximum weight loss! I’m not trying to fit into an old outfit I wore ten years ago. I’m trying to impress the ladies this summer at the beach. It’s extreme maximum weight loss!
If you want to follow me, I will keep you motivated. I will write articles about what I am doing to lose weight and you can incorporate those things into your weight loss. I will keep you updated on my progress and you can check your own progress to see if you are doing better than me or at least just as good. We can do this together!
But, I have to do this. You can watch or you can come along. But, this is something I have to do. The time is now! If I don’t, I will never be able to tell anyone ever how they can achieve their goals. It’s something I learned a long time ago when I was in the Marine Corps. I have to lead by example! How can I ever help someone when I haven’t proven that I can help myself? So, it’s put up or shut up time. The time is now!