A Fat Man's Journey (Working my way back…)

An Attempt to Journey from Fat to Fit in a Lifetime. Eat right, Eat less, Move more

Things I would like to say

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Talking to the younger me

I wish I could have a talk with me. The me I was when I was 40 or 45. The me that had stopped cycling and was gaining weight like I was paid by the pound.

I really wish the current me could speak to the former me.

I can’t imagine what the 40-year-old Me would say if I told him all I have learned about us. Would he be shocked or doubtful when I told him that we are bringing vegetarian chili to a cookout? What would his reaction be when I told him we don’t eat red meat or pizza or Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Would he be able to understand the truth behind my warnings about getting fat, being sedentary… I wonder if the 40-year-old Me would take it to heart if I told him how much harder it is if you keep waiting to turn it all around.

I would tell him how much of a struggle it has been to take off the weight. I would tell him about the fits and starts and stops and stumbles. I would warn him about the high blood pressure and the aching joints, the erratic heartbeat and the sciatica attacks. I wonder if he would understand.

I would beg him to start now, get on the bike, take of f the weight, do it before you turn another year older and another 15 pounds fatter.

I would tell him that the only regret that I have about my Journey is that I waited so long to start it.

Talking to the young man built just like I was who thinks he can’t do it

Yes you can. I did. I am not special. I am just a very normal man who decided it was time to make a change. I am a very normal person who has the same fear and frustrations and confusion about it all as you. I did it. You can do it. I can help. I can encourage you, support you, advise you on how to avoid the temptation, overcome them when you can’t avoid them and to get back on track when you stumble.

You can do it if you decide to do it. Make good decisions one decision at a time. One day at a time. One meal at a time. You CAN do it. Just decide to do it….

To the People who said I couldn’t and to the people who say I won’t

I proved you wrong and I will keep proving you wrong but that is not what I want to say.

I really want to ask why you are so negative. Why do you think the way you do and more to the point, why do you think I will benefit from you voicing your negativity? You lost 20 and put it right back on? Sorry oto hear that, I hope you can take it off again and keep it off. I know it is hard to do. Best of luck. Don’t bring your rain to my parade.

To the people who have always supported me

Thank you. A Thousand times thank you

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Yes, that really is a thousand thanks.

My friends, my family, the readers on this blog, the people I meet who have encouraging words… Through difficult times you supported me, took me on hikes, listened to me talk about the weight loss, read what I wrote, made veggie burgers or fish for me at the red meat conventions you call a cookout, agreed to eat at vegetarian restaurants, made low-calorie desserts, wrote encouraging comments on my blog, applauded my pictures on Facebook… In other word you cared. I cannot thank you enough, though I will try time and again..

Peace

3 thoughts on “Things I would like to say

  1. We’ve received far more than we’ve given. Smiles to you Mark!!

  2. Thank YOU. 🙂 What an amazing and honest journey. And it continues. It was encouraging to read a few days ago how it has become more habit now than struggle to eat right and make better decisions. Thanks.

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