I am a sucker!
For the last 20 years or so, whenever I see a magazine that says on the front
“10 Hot Tips To Lose Weight” or something like that, I buy it! I do this ALL the time. I even did it today!
I have lost 200 pounds this year, yet I am still looking for tips from a magazine?
The funny thing is the tips have not changed. I have magazines from 1994 that have the same tips as the ones I have today. Eat more protein, work out, eat less, etc. etc.! There is nothing really new in there.
At one point in my blog life, I also started to write down tips for all of y’all! Here are the ones I have had so far:

Tip #1- Don’t make excuses
Tip #2- Drink Water
Tip #3- Failure is not a option
Tip #4- Clothes do not make the person
Tip #5– Eat Fruit

Not very exciting. Well, today I want to add a new one.

Tip #6- Losing weight and getting healthy are two different things!

There are two different things that most “wellness plan” offers. They are:

1. Lose weight
2. Get healthy

I have lost weight my whole life. I have cut back on portions, I have taken diet pills. I have “tried” all the diets. Well, kind of tried them.
Then, I would gain back all of the weight. I would actually gain back the weight and then some!
Before losing the weight I have this year,I gained over 180 pounds over the past 8 years, and this was after I lost 80 pounds in a successful weight loss journey!

Why is this time different! Why am I so confident I will not gain back the weight.

Well, it is because of my smart wife!

Since I have been gaining weight, my wife has NEVER asked me to lose weight. Never ever!
She always asked me to get healthy. She wanted to me to be around for a while.
She did not care how I looked. in fact, I know she loved the 420 pound Tony just as much as the 218.6 pound Tony.
This year, for the first time in my life, I did not try to “lose weight”. I went on a mission to get healthy. I changed the way I ate, I worked out, I took vitamins, I even cut out the “diet” drinks.
I changed my life completely. It was not so easy at first, but now I look at it and wonder why I did not live like this earlier!
By changing my life, the weight came off. For the first time in my 33 year life, I know the weight will stay off!
And my wife will not have to worry ever again!

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