Today, I am going to once again get started on my journey.
Actually, I have been thinking about it for a while now, wanting to be back on the road.
It’s been a few years now since I have seriously progressed on this journey, but I am ready to get it going again.
I am talking about a journey down the road to better health. Primarily, I am talking about weight loss.
I have struggled all of my life with excessive weight, and in my adult life with obesity. I have made progress in the past decade, though. I first moved to the Philippines in May 2000. While still living in the States, in the late 90’s, I reached my maximum weight of 430 pounds. By the time we moved to the Philippines I was at about 395. Since then, I have lost a fairly significant amount of weight, but still have more to lose.
Since I graduated from high school, in 1980, my lowest weight was 269 pounds, which was in 1981 or possibly 1982. From 269, I went as high as 430, as I said earlier.
Starting in around 2004 or so, I started doing more physical activity in an attempt to become healthier. In 2008, I got down to 275, and I was really feeling good. At that time, though, from a mosquito bite, I got dengue fever, a tropical disease that is quite debilitating. I basically went 6 months with no energy, and was physically unable to work out or swim as I had been doing. Because of that, I gained weight. About 9 or 10 months ago, I was at 318, but I believe I went up to about 330 or so subsequent to that, although I did not weigh to confirm that feeling.
About a month or so ago, I was up one night and could not sleep. I turned on the TV, and just by chance, I came across a show from A&E, I believe it was shown on TLC here in the Philippines, as I recall. Perhaps it was on the Bio Channel, I don’t remember for sure. The show is called “Heavy” and it covers the progress of extremely obese people on their journey toward weight loss and a healthier life. After watching the show on local TV, I was inspired, and I was able to get a hold of a set of all of the shows in the series. I watched the shows, and with each episode I felt even more inspired to get back on the road to personal weight loss and improved health.
So, as I said, in the past months, I know that my weight increased to 318, but I feel that I probably went as high as 330. After watching the last episode of Heavy, I decided to get back on the road, and my first step was to get my current weight. I was surprised when I stepped on the scale last night, and I was actually at 292.2, quite a bit lighter than I had thought!
So, I am exercising more now. I had been walking already in recent months, but I am walking two to three times the distance now. I am also moderating my diet as much as I can. One thing that I am trying to do is to work in some exercise with my meal too. For example, today, I decided to have Tuna Sashimi for lunch. We didn’t have any fresh tuna, so I walked a mile to the market, bought the tuna, and walked a mile home. I ate about 6 ounces of raw tuna, which is only about 175 calories. So, I got some nice exercise, ate a healthy lunch, and felt good about both!
So, starting this morning, I am back to my journey toward better health, and I’m excited about it. I feel confident that in a rather short time I can lose the 23 pounds that will be necessary to put me at my lightest weight since I graduated High School! That will be a milestone for me, and mean that I am getting healthier too! I want to enjoy a long life, and that is less likely at the level of health where I am today, even though I am much healthier than I was back in the 90’s.
Wish me luck! And will power!