Skip to main content

Day 8 - Motivation

Ok. The cravings (for the most part) are gone.  Not likely forever, but I'm starting to adapt to the 'new normal.'  It was a tough weekend.  Getting through it unscathed took a combination of trusting the system, finding appropriate substitutions and focusing on why I'm trying to lose the weight.

Losing weight is hard.  I may have mentioned that.  Losing it for the wrong reason is impossible.  If you're not motivated to stay with it, you're going to fail.  Finding the 'right' reason, I think, is key, and it's going to be different for everybody.  For me, it's a combination of a few things.  The first of these is health.  I've been dealing with low testosterone my whole adult life.  It may be one of the reasons I'm packing the weight, and can make it more difficult for me to lose weight (establishing those excuses already).  When my weight is down, though, it self-corrects itself a little.  If I can get my weight down to a manageable level we're hoping that it could fix it.  But like I said, I've been dealing with this for over ten years, why now?

Another cause of low testosterone is a pituitary adenoma (benign brain tumor).  I recently had an MRI that ruled that out.  Being told you possibly have a brain tumor puts things in to a bit of perspective, as does being shoved into an MRI for 30 minutes.  My perspective of my health changed a bit.  I just felt it was time to get healthy.  

Another motivation is family.  My wife and I have been trying for kids for over ten years without success.  As long as we still hold out hope that we will be able to, I'm unable to take testosterone treatment as it completely kills a dude's... ammo.  I know first hand as I took testosterone for almost a year after I was initially diagnosed. 'Roid rage is real.  We've seen a few specialists about fertility, and while nobody has told me that my weight or low testosterone are an issue (lab work they're generally more concerned with have supposedly been sufficient, I'll let you use your imagination) but it can't hurt.  

Finally, I'm stubborn and proud.  It's something I've set my mind to, and I'm looking forward to being able to tell people that "Yup, I did that."  

Any way, 1 week done. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Here I Go Again On My Own

Hey. If you're a fan of deductive reasoning, you've reviewed the URL and title of this blog (maybe a picture) and concluded that I'm fat. And you're not wrong. at 6'3" 350 pounds, I have a BMI of 43.7, which doctor-types will firmly rate as 'obese.' Those words are hard to type, but as they say, the first step is admitting you have a problem. Sigh. I have a problem. I won't unload my whole story on you here, I'll get to that. If I manage to keep up on this blog than you'll get to know me pretty well, although conversely I do plan to keep this as anonymous as possible. Bullies and whatnot. I did meet with an actual weight-loss specialist this last week and one of the things we discussed is that people who attend 'group' sessions are quite a bit more successful with their weight loss. Unfortunately, as a 30-something dude it can be difficult to find an appropriate peer group, and frankly they're expensive. The purpose of thi…

Day 1 - Method

Losing weight is hard. I mean, on paper it's pretty straight forward: you just have to burn more calories than you consume; but in real life you are constantly battling an internal struggle with yourself and your body's desire to maintain the status quo. Your closest friends will simultaneously tell you how good you're looking while offering you a piece of their delicious Oreo-lard cheese cake and make it clear they'll be offended if you don't at least have a 'small piece.' Your schedule: eating healthy takes planning and foresight whereas the dollar menu is just so convenient. In order to combat this you have to have two things: the willpower to repeatedly and consistently tell people no (including yourself and the girl scouts) and a clearly defined plan.

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently met with a weight loss specialist to discuss my weight loss and to create a plan. This discussion did discuss weight loss medications and bariatric surgery …

Day 14 - Past Success

You may be thinking that for someone fat I'm speaking with a great deal of authority about weight loss.  This is true.  That's why this blog is about weight loss, and not weight maintenance.  I do have some experience losing weight.  In July of 2015 my sister asked me if I could be an usher at her wedding and said the five most hated words for fat dudes every where: "Just use your own suit." 

So a little context, here.  Pretty much every guy has a suit.  For funerals, weddings, interviews, etc.  They're expensive, and unless you have to wear one for work your probably don't have more than one.  Except fat guys.  Fat guys don't have suits, they have fabric reminders of the last time that suit fit. And because most of us don't have a lot of opportunity to wear a suit, we have to rent or buy a new one every time we need one, because we've put on a few pounds since the last time we wore one.

Anyway.  I needed a suit for my sisters wedding.  I didn'…