I often think about how my weight loss journey is related to the journey of others.
There are ways in which I count myself fortunate, and ways in which I think my journey is harder than others. In this post, I’ll talk about the things that make my journey easier, and more likely to be successful.
I wasn’t always a fat guy
This is a pretty big one. I wasn’t a fat kid, or fat during my early adulthood years. I got to where I am simply by being lazy. One of the best and most positive motivators for me is that I know I CAN do it, because I’ve been there. I’ve been skinny. I’ve been active all the time. I imagine that is MUCH different than a person who was overweight their entire life. If you’ve always been overweight and you have never seen yourself skinny, there has to be a nagging feeling in the back of your mind, asking if you can really do it. I’m thankful that I am not in this situation, as it would just make things harder, and frankly, it’s hard enough.
I’m relatively healthy
Sure, I’ve got some fat guy related health problems. My blood pressure isn’t great. I’ve had foot and back pain for years. None of these things actually prevent me from exercising though. I don’t have the typical fat guy issues. I can pretty much breathe normally. I don’t have diabetes. I am not too fat to take a shower. I’m not too fat to get out of bed. I’m not too fat to do regular every day things. Even before I started my exercise two months ago, I was perfectly able to push my own grocery cart. I didn’t need to use one of the electric carts. I know I’m pretty lucky in that regard. I let it get bad, but I never let it get bad enough that it affected me to that degree.
I’m different than many fat people, in that I don’t have any thyroid problems that I’m aware of. Again, I’m relatively healthy and I’m pretty thankful for that. Without that advantage, my journey would be much more difficult.
I don’t really crave candy or chocolate
Many overweight people seem to really really be addicted to chocolate and candy. I’ve never been one of those people. I have friends and family that crave chocolate almost constantly. I certainly enjoy the occasional chocolate or candy treat, but I’ve never gone out of my way to seek them out. I like lots of candy bars, but in general I won’t grab one when I’m in the checkout lane at the grocery store or at a gas station. When I get in really unhealthy mode, I’ll go for something like Hostess Cupcakes or something like that, but I usually won’t eat them very often, and it’s more of a binge type thing, rather than constant.
I can make the time to exercise regularly
I have a regular job that is 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. Since I had kids, I no longer stay up all night and sleep all day. Sure, my life is plenty busy, especially since I’m much less lazy now than I was a few months ago. I’m especially busy in the spring because of the boys being in baseball.
With all that being said, I can make time to exercise. I have adjusted my sleep schedule to get up earlier in the morning in order to walk. I could, if need be, walk during the evenings as well, I’d just rather avoid it with the hot weather coming up.
I know that there are overweight people out there who just can’t seem to make the time, single parents, people with two jobs, I’m sure the list goes on. They can’t make the time without sacrificing something, often cases the burden of the sacrifice wouldn’t be place on them, it would be placed on the people they love.
I’m not in this situation, and count myself very lucky that I’m in a situation where I’m able to make the time to exercise.
I genuinely like the taste of water
This one is absolutely huge for me. In general, when I’m home, I drink water. I like water with ice in it. I’ll usually drink two or three big glasses when I’m at home. I can cut soda out of my diet pretty easily. I’ve done it several times. Of course, I always to back to it when I fail my weight loss, but hopefully this time is different. When I do drink soda, I don’t drink a ton of it. Sometimes, I’ll buy a 20 oz. bottle of Code Red and drink less than half of it. I don’t intend to completely cut myself off of soda for the rest of my life, so I just drink it in moderation. For the first part of my diet phase I’ve had two sodas in roughly three months.
As I said, I like the taste of water. Many people have a hard time starting a diet because soda or coffee, or whatever they drink is such a part of them that they have difficulty stopping. Luckily, my preferred drink is the most natural one there is.
I don’t smoke
I’ve noticed that a bunch of people who are trying to lose weight are talking about their problems quitting smoking as well. Losing weight is one of the hardest things I’ve ever attempted to do, and I can’t imagine fighting a nicotine addiction as well.
Do you have any habits or preferences that make weight loss easier for you?