As I get older, I am realizing a few things. Looking back to the past can be good and bad. Good to re-live the memories of friends and family and bad because, well I am NEVER going to look like my senior class picture…EVER again! I have a class reunion coming up in July. Let’s just say it will be $%*XX years since that picture. I am actually kind of intimidated by the reunion. Besides the fact that I have not been to one since my 5 year reunion, I am afraid of what is to come. I don’t think I look anything like I did in high school. Less hair, more of everything else.
What if people don’t remember me? What will people say when they see me, or what will they say after they see me? (“OMG, did you see Charlie? The years definitely show there!”) Don’t get me wrong, I am not scared to go to the reunion, but I will be a little more “aware” of the surrounding if you will. I left Wisconsin not too long after college, so most of these folks at the reunion I have not seen since high school! That’s a long time! I almost expect everyone to look like their yearbook pictures because that is how I remember them. Some of them are on Facebook or Twitter, and I guess I can have an idea of what they look like now, but it’s not the same in person.
One of my classmates that is still a close friend of mine came to visit last summer as his son was in town playing league baseball. I had not seen him in a few years, but he LOOKS THE SAME! I was astonished! I mean same everything on this guy! Really? I have a picture of us together at my house and let me tell you, if I were to put that side by side with us when we were younger, I have gone to pot! He has not!
That was last July. That was when I said to myself, this is enough. I have to change. I have to take better care of myself. Not for a reunion. Not to get a compliment here or there. For me. For my kids. For my family. I needed to make a change and that was the time I realized it had to be now. I started eating better. I started watching WHAT I ate and how big my portions were. I got outside and started walking. Yes, walking. Nothing else. But I did it almost every night. I was dedicated to making this change. I want to be a healthy and able man, to watch my kids graduate high school, college, get married and have kids of their own. I want to SEE and be a part of all of that. As we get older, the parts need a little more work to keep working right? I was on track. Losing about 30 pounds, clothes fitting better, my attitude was great, my outlook and passion was never higher!
I am proud to say that I am still on that track. I did run into a wall and fall back a bit. But here is the difference from doing this in the years past…I KNEW I was falling back. I KNEW I was slipping up. Instead of giving up, I got some help. Instead of going back to the bad habits, I decided I needed to stop, slow down, think, and ask for help. I went to Red Mountain Weight Loss and got a refresher on what I need to do. There were things I was doing wrong since last July. I was also misinformed last July as to what my BMI was and what weight I should be at. Dr. Bentz, the bariatric physician at Red Mountain Weight Loss went over all of my stats. Weight, age, goals, what I have done in the past, and what I need to do moving forward. It was pretty eye opening. I was not that far off on what I SHOULD be doing. A tweak in eating here, some exercise changes there, and we are in business. So here is fact. I stepped into Red Mountain Weight Loss at 222 pounds. Dr. Bentz told me I should be comfortable and healthy at 190. (Last year when I started, I was told I needed to be at 170 pounds! WHAT? I have not been that weight since I was 15!) As of this blog, I am at 205 and headed lower! Red Mountain Weight Loss has been there for any questions or needs I have. I feel great, energized, and ready to get to 190 NOW! I truly believe that anyone who may need to lose weight (me included) control our own destiny. I have said this to so many people…”If you KNOW it’s bad for you, why do you do it?” If you know pouring sugar in your gas tank is bad, would you still do it? My point exactly. I am in control of what I do, and how I do it.
You can do the same thing. Do me a favor, better yet, do YOU a favor and just visit their website and see what they can offer you. Spend some time with it. Ask yourself some questions and be honest with yourself. Getting help is OK. In fact, it is what we all want, but we are just too afraid or embarrassed to ask! Right?! Go to www.redmountainweightloss.com and start the new YOU! Let them create a customized plan for you. There are no “one size fits all” plans here. You are different from me and I am different than the next person. I am going to keep you updated on my progress. And if you can, share your story with me. I would love to hear about it. We can do this! Good luck to you!