Saturday, January 29, 2011

Not a Destination - A Journey

Many have been asking me about how I've been losing weight and it is such a vivid question that it is daunting to answer. So, today I led the discussion and I decided to share my dad's story. His story has been the real inspiration behind my own. He writes:

Weight loss is not a destination, but a journey.

I have found that to be true. It's very real and individual in each of our lives. I hope as you read my dad's story, you may understand that one vital statement which can remain very applicable in many of the roles of our lives. Here's his story in his own words:

My Weight-loss Journey

In November of 2006 I weighed 235 pounds. I was 59 years old, 5’ 8.5” tall and thought that I was probably 35 or 40 pounds overweight (see Picture). I was serving on our companies’ wellness council and decided that it might be good to lose some weight. The council had many good ideas on how to do this, so I started. The things I did, and still continue to do, are really very basic to talk about. I exercise more, drink more water, drink much less juice and hardly any soda pop, eat more fruits and vegetables, eat smaller portions of the entrees that we eat for each meal, and eat less candy and desserts.
Now, three years later, I weigh 170 pounds and have lost 65 pounds. I am now 62 years old and still 5’ 8.5” tall. I am amazed that I was so overweight. I have much more energy than I used to have. I sleep better at night and fell better about myself. I have had many ups and downs during that time. A year ago I had started gaining weight again and was back to 190 pounds. I re-assessed my situation and started learning better just how much energy (calories) was in the food that I was eating. That, coupled with a re-commitment to myself, has helped me get to the point where I am at now (see Picture).
Here are some things that I have learned along the way. No diet pills or special weight-loss diets will work over a person’s life. The weight-loss program has to fit a person’s life style and regular diet. That is the only way it will be sustainable. The key is to improve your life style and diet and stick with it. Weight loss is not a destination, but a journey. Even now, I have to watch what I eat at night (that’s when I become ravenous!). If I binge eat one night, I have to not give up, but commit to be stronger in the future.
What has really helped me is the support from my family. I am discovering that my decision has had a ripple effect, both at home and at work. I have had many people tell me how I have inspired them to start losing weight. That, in itself, gives me a greater incentive to stick with what I am doing. Don’t give up on yourself, you can change and improve your life.
~Roger K. Hatch

Now, because so many have asked these are four things that I have been doing:

1. Keeping a food journal

2. Meditation/Devotional

3. Drinking more water

4. Exercise and being active

I also shared these Yahoo! Shine articles and scripture:

8 reasons Carbs help you lose weight

No More Excuses! 10 Tricks that will Motivate you to work out

Doctrine and Covenants 59:15-20

1 comment:

Amber C said...

Wow Julie! Your dad is amazing. Right now my issue is I like soda and sweets. I've cut down on both things, but because of all these holidays I've had plenty of both in my home and I HATE to see things go to waste, even bad-for-me things.
I'm trying to be better and I know exercising isn't something I'm ready to work in my schedule as an official thing. I kind of let it happen through out my day. I'm trying. I want to be healthier for myself and for my children.