Losing 155 Pounds Didn’t Solve All My Problems, But It Sure Helped

Losing Weight Didn't Solve All My Problems

For a lot of overweight people (like I was most of my life), losing weight seems like a panacea. If only we lost weight, all our problems would magically disappear. Our bills would be paid, we’d find our true loves, and we’d land our dream jobs. The depression would fade, the anxiety would dissipate, and we would have endless energy and all the organic, locally-grown food we could eat.

Sounds pretty damn good, right? So you start out on whatever weight loss plan you think will work best, and it turns out you lose a butt-ton of weight like I did. Let’s say you drop half your body weight.

Suddenly, you’re half the person you once were, and the world is your oyster. Everything is perfect, right? You’re skinny, and there is no wrong in the world. Evil and despair has been vanquished.

Except…stuff still sucks. You’re still not dating the one. You’re still past-due on your mortgage. The Oreos in your pantry did not get transmogrified into quinoa like they were supposed to.

You’re skinny, and stuff still sucks. What gives?

What gives is that weight loss isn’t some magical panacea. Life is still life whether you’re skinny or fat. Being smaller and fitting into skinny jeans and roller coaster seats is awesome. But you’re still you, and your life is still your life. Lots of people get depressed after weight loss because their lives didn’t change like they expected them to.

Weight loss will not make your life better. Weight loss is a tool you can use to make your life better. It takes effort and energy and planning on your part. Believe me, I know. I lost 155 pounds, and weight loss didn’t solve all my problems.

But let me tell you guys, it sure did help.

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Unless You’re Grumpy Cat, Stop Being So Negative, Okay?

Grumpy Cat Weight Loss Meme When you’re overweight, very few things are easy. It’s hard to walk across the house or yard, hard to sleep at night, hard to maintain social relationships, hard to look in the mirror. It’s hard to just be overweight.

That’s not to say that everything about being overweight is tough. One thing that’s incredibly easy is being negative.

Just ask Grumpy Cat. She’s made an career out of being negative.

Joking aside, it is crazy how easy it is to make jokes at your own expense, talk yourself down, and more often than not, sink into depression. The negativity is easy to find and even easier to embrace.

I know this is true because I fell into this trap. One of my primary defense mechanisms has always been self-deprecation. I mean, if I mock myself before someone else can, then I’m the one in control.

Right? Right?

Unless You’re Grumpy Cat, That Ain’t The Case.

All negativity and self-deprecation do is make you even more unhappy. For me, the negativity just made me angry, sullen, and hard to be around. One of my friends once said that my weight was always like a black cloud over my head that followed me around.

And let me tell you, folks: I wasn’t Grumpy Cat. Life wasn’t one hilarious internet cat meme after another. Being that guy sucked.

For me, and for everyone around me.

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I couldn’t lose a pound of weight until I stopped being that guy. I couldn’t do anything but gain weight because I saw myself so poorly. Now, I’m not saying that I thought I was worthless or anything like that, but I was pretty down on myself.

But I being negative was so easy. And working out and losing weight took so much effort. So I went with the negative.

Most people do.

But this is me telling you folks to stop it. Just stop. Stop making fun of yourselves. Stop seeing being overweight as being a bad thing. Stop seeing your life and your situation as a barrier to your happiness. Start thinking about things differently.

It’s All Mental

The first thing you have to do to lose the negativity is understand it’s not that looking on the brighter side of things isn’t that far from the negative. As Obi-Wan would say, it just takes “a certain point of view.”

You’re not fat; you’re overweight. You’re not lazy; you’re unmotivated. You’re not incapable; you’re untrained.

See what I did there? I changed words with negative connotations to similar words with positive connotations. That’s all it takes to change your entire outlook. And it’s all semantics.

It’s simple. But it’s not easy.

And it’s certainly not fast.

Changing the way you think about yourself, your health, and your approach to fitness is a tall order, but it is the only way you can get sustainable results. It’s the only thing that can take that black cloud from over your head and turn it into a ray of sunshine.

Unless you’re Grumpy Cat. Which you’re not.

Run! Mario-style!

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If that fat little plumber can do it, then so can you. Have you seen how far and how fast that little guy will run after a mushroom? When was the last time you chased down a veggie like that?

#makesyouthink

How to Exercise When You’re Sick

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Day four of the sickpocalypse. My new treadmill is taunting me, and so is the sun. I want to run, but just walking to the kitchen for a bottle of water and a piece of fruit wears me out and makes me dizzy.

I have to remember that it’s okay not to exercise. Just like rest days during your training routines, sick days are not optional days off. Your body has to heal. Don’t push it too hard. Or if you’re like me, don’t push it at all.

The road, weights, treadmill, whatever will still be there when you’re well. The road can wait; your health can’t. Take care of yourselves!

Run While You Can

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You know, that’s kind of how I feel today. Something always comes up. Either it’s too cold, you’re too busy, you didn’t eat a good dinner last night, you didn’t sleep well, whatever. Something comes up as an excuse for you not to run, so you don’t.

Not that you can’t. You don’t.

Let me tell you where don’t gets you: two years ago, I couldn’t run. I physically could not do it. I couldn’t go 15 seconds without thinking my heart was going to pop out of my chest, that my legs were going to fail, and that I was going to have an asthma attack. I couldn’t even jog for half of what C25K‘s first interval of the first day of the first week.

I couldn’t.

Well, today…I can. And I will.

If everything goes according to plan, my new treadmill will be delivered this afternoon. I’ll spend a couple hours after work putting it together, and then I’ll throw on some music or something off Netflix, and I’ll run.

Not because I have to.

But because I want to. Because I can. Because there is going to be some point in the future where I want to run, but I can’t. Because I’m sick or injured or just too old to keep it up. I will want to. But I will not physically be able to run.

But that’s not today. Today, I’m going to run while I can.

Are you?