Success from Failure

I used to be a really trim and fit guy. I weighed just 148 lbs at 5’7″ and I was in great shape. I was an active duty U.S. Marine for eleven years, and until my last year on active duty, I kept my weight under control very well.

Then, I left active duty and let my health go. I ate as much, and often more than I used to when I exercised everyday. I lost control and allowed my appetite to soar out of control. I ate for entertainment. While eating, I would be thinking about what I could eat at the next meal or snack. I gave no thought at all to exercise or fitness, thinking I would never do anything physically active ever again.

I had failed at staying healthy and fit. I was quickly on my way to an early grave with Type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease, circulation issues in my lower extremities, and failing eye sight. Worst of all, I was not going to be around long for my wife and kids. I had to do something to reverse my downward spiral into the grave.

My wife and I found Whole30 and The Paleo Diet. It saved our lives. Coupled with exercise, we are now healthy and fit. I am back to serving our country in the Army National Guard. My wife exercises 6 days a week; I run three times a week and lift weights three times a week. We are very active on our trips and vacations, doing things like parasailing, zip lining, hiking, running, and doing lots of exploring on foot.

We had both failed many times in the past in trying to lose weight. We did many fad diets, none of which were sustainable. Nothing ever worked for us until we did our first Whole30 followed by transitioning into Paleo. It’s been an easy transition, and four years later, we are still healthy and fit, eating delicious food and staying satisfied between meals.

It doesn’t matter how often you’ve failed at trying to lose weight. It doesn’t matter if you used to be thin and fit and are now neither of those things. You control your destiny and your life. You can make the changes necessary to reverse the trend. All it takes is perseverance, some discipline, and the desire to see the change through. Read up on Whole30 and The Paleo Diet. Or find something else that works for you that doesn’t require you to take pills, powders, patches, have medical procedures, or pay for any programs. I’m not trying to make money off anyone; I’m just offering free advice and my experiences as well as pointing people to Whole30 and Paleo which are both free (sure, you can buy books about them and recipes for them, but you an also find all of that online for free).

Don’t let your last failure define you. Keep trying. It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed in the past if you finally succeed. Every failure is just another lesson in what not do to next time.

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