Like many of you, I need to lose weight. In fact, I need to lose a lot of it. For years my body has carried a dozens of pounds more than my ideal weight (granted, the experts who calculate a person’s ideal weight seem to think it’s good to be very thin—perhaps too thin). I’ve been too heavy since I was a child. My weight has fluctuated over time depending on how much activity I do, and every five years or so I swing from lighter to heavier and back again. I’m on my way down again and am about 15 pounds lighter than I was at this time last year.
I started working out aggressively in December because I’m tired of being fat. It’s been a battle. So far this month I’ve run or walked 30 kilometers, swam 600 meters, done some light weight lifting and sit-ups, cut back on eating bad foods, and faithfully taken vitamins and supplements. How much weight have I lost this month for all this work? Just 1.2 pounds. I have to admit that it’s disheartening to work so hard for what seems to be so little to show for my efforts. I take some comfort knowing that I’ve traded some fat for muscle, but I still have many pounds to shed. It’s cold comfort. I need to work harder to lose the pounds regardless of how much muscle I acquire. Fortunately, the belly that’s analogous to wearing a 20 pound sack of flour on the torso has been shrinking lately, making it easier to tackle the deep, entrenched fat. The “big guy” cackles I’ve heard for years are fewer and farther between than they used to be, so I know I’m heading in the right direction.
I won’t stop until I reach my ideal weight. History is driving me to reach that hard-to-reach milestone. Both my father and paternal grandfather died of heart attacks by age 61. That’s far too young. Although their unhealthy lifestyles undoubtedly contributed to their early demise, I know that I too am susceptible to the same fate if I don’t do something now to improve my health. I want to do it before I develop any health conditions such as diabetes that would force me to change my lifestyle. I would rather do it voluntary and if possible, avoid the same fate as my ancestors.