This is me with a twinkle in my eyes. Struggling on a hike. I am a short guy. And its fair to say, that the extra weight is more than obvious. There was no dearth of excuses, why I couldn’t be in better shape. The most common was that I was doing everything I could to provide for my family. I have been pretty close to this weight for a long time.
I am inspired in short periods to do something about it, and then float back to laziness. I have always been disappointed with myself. And now is the time to set the tone for the rest of my life.
When my wife told me about her intent to leave the marriage. She cited the lack of chemistry as one reason. I couldn’t blame her. But more than the extra pounds, I think its just this man I had become. Lazy and unwilling to challenge myself.
I was reminded on this blog and by my friends that the worst times in our life brings out the best in us. So I started working out more. 5 days a week. Focusing on youtube videos. A big shout out to these guys. FitnessBlender.
I am carrying forward in the spirit of self-improvement and self-challenge. I also watched what I ate for dinner. My dinners were over-sized, and so I cut down a bit and ate less.
Its a beginning of a journey for me. It is critical I have small victories over myself. Victories over my inhibitions and laziness. To be able to respect myself, I have to undo the years of slacking off.
Right now, I am feeling positive. My waist dropped from 33 to 30-ish. I feel stronger and fitter. My appetite has reduced, and I am watching my habit of excessive eating. I am beginning to invest in a wardrobe change, and starting to walk prouder and taller.
Still, this is just the beginning. If I continue down this path, I feel, I can finally be proud of this one little achievement.