Weight: -40lbs | BMI: 28.9 (-5.9) | Waist: 38″ (-6″)
It’s officially official. I am BACK in ONEderland*…for good. And with that milestone comes another…
I AM NO LONGER OBESE.
Per my BMI, I am now in the “overweight” category, which means I still have some work to do, but I am indeed HEALTHIER. I’ve got another 30 lbs to lose to get to a “normal” BMI. And I’m gonna do it.
I have yet to really talk about how I am losing weight and increasing my health. I wanted to wait until I had put significant time and effort into reaching my personal goals, and maintaining them. And now, I feel I’m in a good place to share more details of my journey with others. So here we go:
I eat breakfast everyday. First thing.
Eat every 2-3 hours
This means I eat about 5-6 times a day.
Low-fat, balanced meals
I read nutrition labels on EVERYTHING, and make informed decisions on what I choose to eat. I make sure that my meals throughout the day have a good balance of protein, fruit/veggies, starch, fiber, and healthy fat.
Create a healthy environment
I make sure to protect my health by surrounding myself with good decisions. For example, I don’t bring unhealthy foods into my home, and I do my best to stay clear of known temptations that may trigger old habits.
I maintain a strong support system of health coaches, health enthusiasts, family, friends, and spiritual leaders. They are a significant part of my healthy environment, and encourage my change of lifestyle.
CHOOSE OPTIMAL HEALTH
Believe it or not, obesity and obesity related illnesses are preventable…if only we choose to prevent them. Health has to be a priority, should one wish to achieve it. I am improving my health simply because I choose health over the alternative.
It wasn’t until I made health a priority in my life, that things started to change. In the beginning, it was tough making deliberate choices to increase my health, and turn my back on those comforting habits of old. But I knew that if I didn’t make those tough choices, and stick to them, then I would never know what it is to be “healthy”. After 6 months of making healthy choices, it’s much easier for me now, and I know that optimal health IS attainable for me. The only thing stopping me…is me.
So…that’s the plan. Those are the basics, and that’s what’s been working thus far.
Now, there is a little more to my journey than this. I’ve used some additional tools to help me implement the plan I listed above. Plus, there were several internal and spiritual battles that I had to conquer, and I didn’t even realize I was fighting them all the years of being overweight/obese. I’ve had many revelations, enlightenments, and awakenings along the way that continue to fuel my journey to healthy. But I’ll save that for another post or two.
The bottom-line is…I made the choice to be healthy, and I’m following it up with daily, hourly, minutely**, and momently** decisions to support that choice.
*ONEderland refers to that place where one weighs “one-hundred something” pounds.
**I absolutely made up these words.