I've been on a long lifestyle change regime. It probably started about 15 years ago. At that time I was still smoking but also taking supplements like vitamins and anti-oxidants. It dawned on me one day that the cigarettes and anti-oxidants were in direct conflict with each other. They both need to be bought with money so I opted to quit smoking and keep taking the vitamins and anti-oxidants. Kudos to me, right?
Well of course it was a sensible health driven decision. However quitting smoking for many has one bad side effect-you eat more! That was true for me and I bulked up over an already bulky physique. So not long after I decided to go walking as often as possible in the early AM. Good idea-every little bit counts. I also was getting into photography around this time so I brought the camera with me. Kill 2 birds with one stone, right? Get some needed healthy exercise and use the time to take some photos as well.
This was my norm for a couple of years. I noticed some gradual slight weight loss but many friends didn't so much. I thought about this and realized that it was best to use the time for more brisk walking, uninterrupted by looking for and taking photos. While this decreased my photo taking it certainly enhanced the benefit of the walking to me and my enhanced focus on taking better care of my body.
So let's update to present times. I've lost a little over 100 lbs and around 9" off of my waistline. I was just at a wedding (wife's family) and many that hadn't seen me in a few years were all surprised and very encouraging about my obvious weight loss. So you might be asking yourself why am I writing this? Is this just another narcissistic, self congratulatory social media post? Maybe but I hope to encourage anyone reading this that has a challenge that you can make progress and probably be successful if you are patient and practical. Many will offer that the weight didn't go on over night so it won't come off over night either. Yes, everyone prefers speed loss over slow and steady but slow and steady is the healthier sustainable choice in terms of limiting stress to your body but still achieving good results.
The net result is I'll still continue to walk for an hour and 1/2, 4 or 5 times a week at 4 something o'clock each morning. I'll also continue to eat sensibly-which to me means less carbs but not no carbs. Definitely less processed sugar-and less food simply because my appetite has decreased. Let me know how your lifestyle goals are going and I'll send you some love and encouragement!