How Easy Do You Think It Is?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’m not a huge fan of basketball. But I am a fan of Michael Jordon. The man is inspirational.

Check this out:
That’s one of my favorite Jordan commercials. And no…none of what I just typed is the secret.
Here’s the secret.
I struggle…EVERY DAY with this weight loss journey I’m on.
Please don’t take this the wrong way. I’m very happy that I inspire you (if, in fact, I do) to want to be healthier. 
But you can’t use me as your barometer.  You can not look at my total numbers and think that you can do it. “If Todd can do it, so can I” will NOT fly if you are serious about this.
If you’re going to do this..and be serious about it succeeding, you’re going to have to look to one person and only one person.
If I’m your measuring stick, you’re going to fail. I’m going to tell you that right now. If you’re comparing yourself to me, you’re doing us both a disservice. I’m not you. And you’re not me.

You see….here’s the thing. Yes…I started this journey seriously back in November. Yes, I have a goal of losing 103 pounds. And yes, I’ve lost 59 pounds to date.
And that sounds amazing. Maybe you’re frustrated because you’re following along the same course I took and you’re not seeing the numbers.
Do you want to know the reality? Get up on and be my pal (look under Filmdude71). And then look at my weigh ins. Sure….I’ve lost 59 pounds total….
BUT…it has NOT been a straight loss of pounds. The pounds come off….some weight comes back on…some more weight comes off….some comes back on.
The OVERALL is downward…but it’s not a straight line by any means.
This is NOT easy for me. Make no mistake about it. I’m a food frickin’ junkie, OK? 
I have to make a conscious decision every day to have that meal replacement shake for breakfast instead of half a box of cereal
I have to make a conscious decision EVERY DAY to get on that bike and ride. Some days I don’t. Most I do. 
I have to KEEP WALKING every day past that Vending Machine with the snacks that I could scarf dwon in minutes flat.
None of this is easy. Some days I don’t live up to the expectations I’ve set for me. I’m human. I know that. I’m going to have days where I don’t do what I need to. But the very next day (or minute or second), I get back in that mind set of ‘NoMoreFatTodd’ and go from there.
And now you know where the Michael Jordon commercial comes in. 
I’m sorry if I made it seem like this is a walk in the park for me. True…the products I’m using, and the plan I’m following and the healthy choices I’m making ARE easier than anything I’ve tried in the past. But that does not mean that it is easy. It just means I struggle less with sticking to this lifestyle change than I ever did before.
I’m going to let you in on the secret….my overall goal was to lose 103 pounds total. I wanted to do it in a year, but I’m not putting an end date on it…because to me it’s more important that I REACH the goal (the when really doesn’t matter, as long as I continue to make progress). I figured as long as I lost 1-2 pounds a week, I’d be on target.
Now lets look at that big impressive “59” and reveal it for what it is.
Seriously…there is only one total that concerns me, and that is 103. I’m not looking to get hung up on the numbers along the way. (Although 51 1/2 was good because it was the halfway point).
But..realistically….I’m going one pound at a time. 
I’ve been at this for nearly 37 weeks. So…59 pounds divided by 37 weeks. That’s about 1 1/2 lbs a week.
Right on target.
 I’m much too far along to go back. That’s not an option. 
You see….I can’t tell that you can do this. I can’t tell you that you’ll succeed. YOU have to tell you that.
Having someone believe in you is important. But you have to look yourself in the mirror and believe it when you tell yourself “I know I AM going to succeed.”
I’ve already gotten rid of my fat clothes. I get rid of clothes as I out grow them (or rather, they outgrow me). The thrift store is my friend.
But I’m not going back. Again, that’s not an option.
I’m going to do whatever it takes.
If it takes eating more brown rice and not as much pasta (if any), I’m doing it. If it takes giving up all soda…I’m doing it.  
If it takes drinking a gallon of water a day, I’m doing it.
There is no going back for me.
That’s my contribution to this. Yes…I take vitamins and supplements. Yes…they may or may not work for you. But they are NOT magic pills.
They are tools.
The key ingredient in making them (or any program) work is you.YOU.
I’m not where I want to be. But I’m on my way. And I’m not going back. EVER.
When you get to the point that failure is no longer an option and you will do whatever it takes to avoid failure, then you will succeed.
I’m sorry. I should have told you that earlier.

(P.S……the above little diatribe pretty much applies to life in general….whether it’s your journey to get healthier..or a shitty job….or relationship….or your dream job or whatever. When failure is no long an option, you’ll do what it takes to make it work. Whatever that something is for you).

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