Hello everyone! Recently, I wrote a post titled When You’re Tired Of Being Broke, You’ll Start Saving. If you’ve been a subscriber for any time at all then you know I rarely beat around the bush. I am straight to the point and sometimes that comes off as mean to some. It’s not that I am mean, it’s that I believe that the truth shall set you free.
I don’t think that leaving a trail of rose pedals to the bedroom, and dancing around the ugly truth, will help you solve anything. If you know what your situation really looks like, and can get a glimpse into what is causing your situation to be what it is, then you can then take the steps necessary to resolve it. That’s what Enemy of Debt is all about.
Today, I wanted to give myself a taste of my own medicine. I wanted you to know that I am as hard on myself as I am all of you. I have been a slacker in the area of health and fitness. I have battled this for years now, and no matter how many times I have tried I have failed. I always start off great, lose about 10 pounds, and then slide right back into my old habits. I let time abuse me, and my lack of managing it always gets the best of me.
I know exactly what I need to do, I just have not done it and stuck to it long enough to see some real results. I have claimed to be sick and tired of being overweight so many times. I have gone on diet after diet. I have even had some success in previous attempts, but I obviously missed something because I allowed myself to get right back to where I am now. Around the year 2000, I went on a serious health kick after being tired of weighing 335 pounds after quitting smoking 1.5 years prior. I lost 150 pounds in 9 months by eating ONLY unbreaded meats and steamed veggies for EVERY meal! I was eating very low carbs, and never after 5 p.m. I went to the gym at my apartment complex 5 nights a week and exercised on the bike for 30 minutes 5 days a week, and did some crunches and bench pressing periodically. It was a lot of hard work, so why did I let myself reach 285 pounds again?
Because I obviously wasn’t that sick and tired of being overweight, or at least I forgot how much I hated being fat and out of shape. I am an athlete, and really enjoy the great outdoors. I love hiking, playing basketball, golfing, skiing, and running around with my kids, but I’d be lying if I said I am full of energy while we are playing. The truth is that I am tired and sometimes I catch myself watching the clock to see how much longer I have to play.
I have read countless books on health and weight loss. I KNOW WHAT TO DO! I know what my body needs. I know how my body responds to the crap that I eat. I know how much better I feel when I am on a balanced diet of lean meats, veggies, and fruits. I FEEL GREAT! So why am I having this struggle? Because as I have pointed out before on this blog, sometimes knowing what to do isn’t enough. Just like with money, our behaviors keep us from doing what we know we should be doing in the first place. Most people know they are messing up when they put $200 on the credit card on impulse, but they do it anyway.
I have quit smoking! I have become debt free! I have changed myself drastically in most areas of my life over the years but the one thing that still gives me trouble is this pesky weight issue! I have to win in this area of my life if I want to have a life to live. Why is that not registering as important to me? Why have I failed to take this bull by the horns? As I told many of you about your savings accounts in that one post, it’s because I am not tired of being fat yet. Or am I?
I think I am, and so I am making an effort to get this under control once and for all. April is the month I am focusing on. I don’t care about a year from now. I don’t care about May. I only care about April, and intend on taking that one day at a time as well. Just like when you are out and you bust your budget or pass on savings because you “need” that big screen TV, I am going to practice a little discipline and tell myself NO! I am going to practice self control. I am going to stick this out because I have to. If I don’t my kids may not have a Daddy to play with.
I currently do not have any blockages, or any major damage, but I do have stage one hypertension, and high cholesterol. I am on medication that I have been able to stop taking before because I did lose weight. It was nice, and I want to get off of it again! Now’s the time! I weigh 285 and am 6 foot 1 inches tall. I must hold my feet to the fire and work on changing the behaviors that have got me where I am today. If I want different results, then I have to take different actions. I can’t keep doing the same things and expecting anything different than what I have been getting. It’s just like money!!
More important to me than anything else though, is I do not want my kids to develop these same habits and behaviors as they grow up. Being overweight sucks, and it is very difficult to get under control once it gets out of control. My kids are following in my footsteps, and I have to keep reminding myself of that, otherwise I am no better than the person that has no savings, lots of debt, and continues to ignore the gravity of their situation. I am no different! I should be taking what I have accomplished with money and spreading that to EVERY area of my life. Until I do, I have not truly learned what I thought I have learned.
I’m here to announce to you today. I am SICK AND TIRED of being fat!
If you are sick and tired of being overweight, you might want to check out David Damron’s new e-book entitled SIMPLE Health and Fitness. David has been an inspiration to me, and ironically asked me to contribute to this e-book. While health and fitness have been a problem for me, I have been on both sides of the isle. The truth is writing this piece made me realize why I need to stop playing around with my health the way that I have. I am reading it now and so far it is inspirational and very informative.