The “Charlie Experience” v.1: 60
60. (I will explain what 60 means later. You may figure it out sooner) How many times have you tried to lose weight?
How many times do you get sucked in to the infomercials on TV about weight loss and all the different programs from Zumba, to P90X… I mean there must be a billion of them out there.
I have struggled with my weight for years. In high school I was on the soccer team and the gymnastics team. I played club soccer year round in Wisconsin (indoors during the winter months) and through my college years.
As time went on and my radio career took off, I did my best to stay active. Softball leagues, club soccer teams, you name it. I tried to stay as active as possible.
As I get older, some of the body parts have decided to stop cooperating. The knees said “NO” to softball, so I sold all of my equipment to friends and at yard sales.
I started swinging the golf clubs again (played when I was a youngster) around 2003 or so. So activity has been a bit limited, but not out of the question. I guess where I am going with this is that it has been a “food” issue. I have never considered myself over-weight, or even obese.
My explanation has always been, “My legs are not fat, my arms are not fat, I just have this ‘belly’ I can’t get rid of.” I have had many conversations with people about weight and diets and what to do and what is out there. Try this cabbage diet, try this supplement…oh my goodness!
I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that weight loss and HEALTH is not rocket science. It’s not expensive. It’s not a fad. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a lifestyle change. It’s a mindset. It’s a commitment. It’s a promise and dedication to yourself. Folks, that’s NOT easy.
The word “diet” gets tossed around all the time.
Names of diets, styles of diets, you name it. Fact is, I consider it a ‘noun’. Diet is what you eat. It’s what you put into your body. Nothing more.
As a verb, it is what you do each day. You have choices each day. To eat or not to eat. That should NOT be the question. What you eat, how MUCH you eat…that is the CHOICE you make.
The most important choice. Start easy. WHAT should I have for breakfast? Should I eat my favorite Fruity Pebbles (two massive bowls with milk) OR should I choose to eat some oatmeal with blueberries? I LOVE Fruity Pebbles! Are you kidding me? I should have stock in the company. Fact is, that is not a good CHOICE. Is it OK one day of the week to have a small bowl of Fruity Pebbles with low-fat milk?
Sure. JUST NOT EACH DAY!
I said this was not easy. It’s not. Oatmeal? Really? Think of ways you can make it tasty and good for you. Understand that you are making a choice to change your LIFESTYLE. It cannot be temporary. It cannot be a get thin quick ideology.
YOU DID NOT GET FAT OR OVERWEIGHT OR CHUNKY OR PLUMP OVERNIGHT. That means you will NOT get THIN OVERNIGHT!
There is no magic bean or pill or shake or chocolate that will make that happen. It takes discipline, and hard work and commitment to YOURSELF.
Take it one day at a time. DO NOT STEP ON A SCALE!
It’s not about a number to start, it is about how you feel. Does your shirt feel loser? How about your pants? No? Keep at it. Get physical. Shop better. Keep track of yourself.
I have started my process. I am about 30 days into my LIFESTYLE CHANGE.
What I want to do is share my experience with you. The good. The bad. The highs and the lows.
I want to share with you to let you know that you are not alone, as well as express my feelings to help my experience too. What am I eating? What looks good, what did I hear (what did you hear?)?
Share with me, as I do with you and together we can help each other out. My next blog will start with the experience. I hope it helps.
I know it will help me. Come along and join in on the “Charlie Experience”.