Where This Meets That
“If I’d have known I was gonna live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” – Anonymous
For a time, after my failed diet in 2011, I pondered undergoing gastric bypass (GBP) surgery.
I felt hopeless, powerless, and exhausted by my failing struggle. I wondered if GBP might be an easier way.
The more I thought about it, though, I began to realize that I was the problem. Not my stomach. Not my culture. Not my genetics or the way I was raised.
I was the one responsible for my weakness. And the more I thought, the more I realized that I had very literally surrendered my own personal sovereignty. And to what foe? Food.
Sure, some doctor could cut on me and add further “incentives” upon me to take control of my diet, but ultimately he couldn’t change me. I was the only one who could decide to reclaim ownership of myself.
As a Christian, I hated my personal hypocrisy of being a fat one. As an American, I hated my culpability for the stereotype of being a fat one. As a parent of impressionable children, I hated my example of being a fat one. As a husband, for reasons far too numerous to list here, I hated being a fat one. And for myself, whom I had willingly sabotaged and deceived for so long?
Overcoming obesity is a hard feat. One of the hardest in all the world. But as I tell my kids and desperately want them to believe, that’s no excuse when something is the right thing to do.
In the five months between January 4 and June 3 of last year, I lost fifty pounds. Since that time, I’ve made a bit of a “round trip,” losing eighteen more to reach my low point of 242 pounds on October 28 only to return to my June 3 mark of 261 this past weekend.
This presents an interesting “fork in the road” concerning attitude. I could lose heart at having arguably wasted the last eight months, or I could count my blessings that I still have fifty pounds behind me that were once, very literally, weighing me down.
I must take the latter attitude and, if I’m serious about self-rule, immediately re-assert my will to regain lost ground.
In order to get my head back on track, I have revisited many of my posts from last year, when I was having my greatest success. It has definitely been a good refresher, so I’ve decided to re-post some of what I found most effective here in concentrated form, both for my own good and for that of my fellow would-be weight-losers who weren’t on board back then.
Discipline is the Key
“Love is the core of Jesus’ philosophy. But, in order to love you must be free. For to love is to give your self freely and without reservation. Yet, to give your self – to another person, to an endeavor, or to God – you must first possess your self. This possession of self is freedom. It is a prerequisite for love, and is attained only through discipline.” — Matthew Kelly
Successful weight management comes down to two things:
What you lack in the first, you must make up for with the second. But how to direct your desired discipline for optimal results is the fundamental question.
Conventional wisdom says you should cut calories and increase activity, but conventional wisdom is flawed; calories are what fuel increased activity. What we eat is more critical to weight management than how much we eat.
Following are general eating guidelines that have worked wonders for me when I have faithfully adhered to them. I have one hundred percent confidence that they will lead me to my goal; discipline is the key.
My diet is very simple, but it’s not easy at the start. It is TOUGH to break free from the carb culture we’ve all been formatted to. However, after only two weeks of zealously cutting out processed carbs and starches, your bodily aches diminish, your energy levels become more consistent (no sugar crashes), and you gain a very real sense of cobwebs clearing.
Extra Eating Notes
As I said before, the hardest part is getting started. After only a few weeks of seeing my weight drop and feeling my quality of life improve, I had no doubt that this was the way to eat for long-term health. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been vulnerable to being lured back to the “dark side” of doughnuts and bread sticks. In fact, I’ve spent much of the past month there, but it’s time to get back in the light!
I hope reading this helps you as much as it helped me to compile it! Looking forward to my weigh-in on Sunday!