A common misconception many people have is that to get healthy, fit, and to lose weight, you need to go through discomfort, pain, and that it takes a lot of work in the gym or on a track. But, if someone were to tell you that this is not true, you’d be skeptical, right? I know I was. Yet, here I am about to tell you the same thing.
I was 320 lbs at 5’7″. I was 47 years old. I was diabetic, had fatty liver disease, declining vision, nerve and circulation problems in my feet and legs, and my health was rapidly declining. My cousin, a physician assistant came to me and told me what I wrote earlier: that I could get healthy and lose weight without the discomfort, pain, and physical activity. I didn’t believe it either, but I trusted her, and I knew that she’d lost a lot of weight but didn’t know how. When she told me the plan, I was skeptically optimistic. But, like I said, I trusted her, so I tried it.
And it worked. I had lost 130 lbs in a year, and an additional 20 lbs after starting a fitness plan of my own that allowed me to become physically fit enough to rejoin the military to complete my 20 years of federal service. My life had completely changed due to the advice I was given, and the changes that my wife and I made in our diet.
The one thing that was surprising to me was that I was able to adopt the new lifestyle easily. Sure, it took discipline, and for some, that’s the hard part. But I ate delicious, filling, and most importantly, healthy foods that kept me from being hungry between meals and kept me satisfied. My standard of living didn’t suffer, which is to me, the most important aspect of adopting a healthy lifestyle.
I see people not even want to start eating right or exercise because they think it’s going to alter their quality of life and bring them pain, discomfort, and that they’ll have to do a lot of physical work to get results. This always brings me sadness because I know the truth, and I know that they’re basing their decision on bad, outdated, and tainted information.
The diet and fitness industry want you to spend money. That’s how they survive and thrive. They prey on those who are unhappy with themselves and their health, weight, and lack of fitness. They promise results that anyone would want, but the problem is, that they don’t deliver.
What does deliver is eating right and getting some exercise. The best part is that eating right is easy; you just have to learn to make food for yourself. It’s a basic life skill that we all should have, yet many have never learned. Well, now is that time. The hardest part of eating right is food prep, but it’s a small price to pay for eating delicious, healthy, and filling foods. The best part is that it will keep you from being miserable, and you won’t have to eat baked chicken and rice for weeks on-end.
My standard of living today is miles ahead of where it was four years ago. I eat amazingly delicious foods that keep me satisfied and filled up between meals, and I don’t have to count calories or portions. I just eat sensibly until I’m full, and I don’t eat again until it’s time for my next meal. The crazy part? I’m not starving between meals, and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. Do I miss pizza, pasta, hot dogs, and bread? Sure. But I also get to eat a bunch more foods I have always loved like steak, sausage, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, lobster, shrimp, fish, and more. People tend to focus on the things they can no longer eat whereas I chose to focus on the things I can.
You don’t have to be miserable to be healthy. It just takes some planning, learning, and a little bit of work, but the results are well worth it, and you will find that it’s a much better way of living. You will feel so much better for it. And it’s not all that hard.