Two Weeks to a New Year and New Lives
Two weeks from now, January 3rd, people will be making changes.
About two years ago, I decided to make a few changes. I didn’t decide to stop eating my favorite foods, but I just decided to start eating less. I decided to start counting calories. I also decided to join a gym near my house. I didn’t plan on becoming a gym junkie, I was just going to stop by whenever I could, usually at night, maybe 30-45 minutes a day 4-5 days a week.
You probably already know all of this. The rest is history.
Two years ago wasn’t the first time I made the decision to change. It wasn’t the first time I made a resolution to lose weight. I had made resolutions plenty of times before, both as a “New Year’s resolution” and random times throughout the year, and had failed. You’ve probably failed, too, a time or ten before.
You might even fail this time. But you won’t know until you try.
I just want to plead with you to try. If you’re already on a journey to lose weight and change your life, this message isn’t for you. But this is for those struggling with their current journey and are considering quitting. This message is for those looking around online, looking for another diet or magic exercise machine that will melt that fat away. I just want you to try.
Two weeks from today, start your Monday morning by eating less. Stop looking for a quick way to lose weight, or a diet, or a scheme of some sort, and eat less. Find a gym gym. If you can’t afford a gym or don’t have access to one, find a way to move around at home or for free. And if you can’t find a whole lot of time to burn calories every day, don’t worry — losing weight is 90% about what you put in your mouth.
Eat too much, eat too many calories, and you’ll gain weight. If you eat less, eat less calories than you need, you’ll lose weight. Any exercise is a bonus.
I know it’s hard to believe, but losing weight is easy. The hard part is finding the support, the motivation, and doing what you need to do (eat less) every single day, not just the first two or three days and quitting. That’s where family, friends, and an online support community can help you.
Even if you’ve failed losing weight 100 times before, I beg you to give it one more shot. I saved my life two years ago by losing nearly 150 pounds — it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever achieved in this lifetime. I easily put it on par with getting married and having my little girl, because without losing that weight I would’ve probably never seen her graduate college or get married. I would’ve forced my mother, wife, and daughter to bury me because I was too selfish to change my life. It wasn’t a question of if, but when.
A mother should never pick out her son’s coffin. I know it’s scary to think about, and morbid, but I hope it scares you. It was my reality up until 2009.
2011 is the time to make a change.