I believe that weight loss success stories love to “Disney” up their story. People want to know their “A-Ha” moment and the incident that made them change their lives. I wish I could say that I woke up one day and saw a rainbow and a sign in the sky, butt he truth is…it is much easier to say the “why” after I lost it. My reason is kind of boring. I was just tired of being obese. The other “why” items came to me during the weight loss.
Well, I know that I added some Disney to my story. See, I started my journey at the end of February of 2008. When I went to the doctor, it was at the beginning of January. When I found out we could have children, it was November of 2007. When my wife cried and said she did not want to be a widow so young, it was in 2006. I would always say that tomorrow was a good day to lose weight. Tomorrow finally came in February of 2008.
I do not know the “exact” reason I started to lose weight in February. It always seems like a good month for me. Most of my journeys start there.
I was “morbidly obese” for a good portion of my life. I was already used to it.
Well, I kind of know why I decided to do it……
I do not talk about my Dad much on my blog, but he is my hero. He taught me about hard work. He used to get up every day at 4am to drive two hours to work. He was always better than the jobs he had. He is funny, but sometimes a little over the top. He gets jokes and is very good at comebacks. He is just a good person.
So one day in October of 1987, my Dad came up to me and out of no where said …..
“I am going to quit smoking on your birthday.”
My Dad has smoked since the 50’s. I can remember seeing packs of Kent 100’s around the house. I was not one of those kids that begged his parents to quit smoking. In all honesty, it did not bother me that he smoked.
Now, here is the thing. I have no idea why he was going to quit. I never asked. This was before he had any health issues. Also, I had no idea why he told me this in October, since my birthday was in December.
I looked at him and said okay.
I forgot all about it, but in December, my Dad quit smoking. He just quit. He has not smoked since.
So growing up, I would see how people struggled with quitting smoking. There were patches, hypnotists, programs….you name it. I would see people who would say “I wish I could just quit smoking!”
I would always think about my Dad and wonder if it was really that easy to quit. How could it be if so many other people struggle with it?
Maybe it was tough for him but he did not show it. He would not tell me it was anyway. For an 11 year old kid, it was just kind of cool.
And maybe things could be easy for me as well.
Weight loss for me is like smoking for others. It is a struggle. It is hard and there are days when I feel it is possible and others where it is hard as hell.
Well, years later, after struggling with my weight, I decided to lose weight. Honestly, I guess it was so many reasons. Why I choose it in February I do not know. Why I did not choose it earlier, I have no idea.
Technically I am not the best writer, but one thing my family knows how to do is tell a story. I tell mine very well. And because of my dad, I quit smoking as well just like that when I did it 15 years ago.
Weight loss is harder for me.
Today while I was playing with my son, I looked into his eyes. He has a lot of the same qualities and traits I do.
So while I can not tell you why I lost weight, and it is a struggle….
I can tell you why I will fight to keep it off.