Growing up, I have always been the heavy-set kid in the room. Obviously, this caused great insecurities toward my life, my body and how the world viewed me. Because I was fat, I had to play the part of Mr. Funny Guy because let’s be real, no one likes fat people. We are easy targets for jokes, and no one wants to stare at fat rolls all day long. You can imagine my self-worth constantly low.
My mother has type 2 diabetes and my father has high blood pressure. I knew I wouldn’t be so lucky in the health department. I don’t have diabetes, however, I have been on the edge of getting it for years now.
Summer of 2011, I was watching an episode of ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ A dancer got sick as a result of her getting diabetes. She was 18 yrs olds, I was 22. It finally hit that someone my age could get type 2 diabetes. From that episode, I swore off soda. Let me tell you, I am addicted to carbonated drinks, I love it. I tried to quit soda before, but after getting the stomach flu, I was hooked on it again.
A substitute I used for soda was Iced Tea / Lemonade or ‘Arnold Palmers.’ I stopped drinking those when I realized that all I was ingesting in my system was sugar. In October, I started drinking just water.
In the early fall 2011, I watched season 2 of ‘The Big C.’ If you are a fan of the show or have seen an episode here or there then you know the show deals a lot with death. A main character deals with his weight issues and at the end of the season SPOILER he dies or almost dies due to a heart attack… well “technically” he “dies” due to cocaine usage. The fact the overweight character was close to death triggered something in me to fight to live.
I came up with a plan, to lose 200 pounds in 2 years. Weighing at 381 and I wanted to weigh around 180 pounds before I turn 25. I thought 2 years will be plenty time to lose weight slow so I will keep it off.
I promised myself I wouldn’t weigh myself for the first 3 months because I didn’t want the scales to be a discouragement. On January 1st 2012 I weighed myself at 320. Shocked, for a second I thought the scale was broken and it couldn’t go higher than that number. I lost 60 pounds. I haven’t weighed that little since I was in middle school.
Today, I weigh around 265 pounds roughly 6 months into my transformation. I will blog about my new healthy habits; including food diaries and workout schedule. I hope if you are reading this blog that you will leave encouraging comments or be encouraged to make a change in your life. It doesn’t matter if you need to lose 10 pounds, 100 pounds or like me, 200 pounds. We can do this. We are connected, even if you are a friend, family, brother or neighbor. We are a community and we need to strengthen one another to live a better lifestyle for ourselves. It is our time. Let’s do it!