First Publish on: Feb 16, 2014 @ 11:47
I started my weight loss journey back in late July 2013. I had recently been made redundant from my office based job due to the mining collapse, and had no intention of returning back to the mine sites for work. I didn’t hate it, but I just could not see myself doing it for the rest of my life.
Instead, I decided to focus my efforts on me for once, rather than what I felt society wanted me to do. I was 24 at the time, and I felt lost, unhappy, and a little ashamed to say…. I was a also a tad depressed.
At 172cm tall, I was weighing in at over 105kg, putting my BMI at over 34, the obese category. I realized I was heavy, but never did I think I was anywhere near obese. It was a bit of shock for me. Like so many others, I had promised myself to lose weight so many times before, but I never truly committed to it, I never made it a priority.
So, I made the uncomfortable decision to take 3 months off everything. I would support myself off my savings, and for 3 months commit myself entirely to becoming a healthier, happier me.
I wish I could tell you it was easy, and that the weight flew off effortlessly, but I cannot. It was hard, the cravings I experienced almost drove me to madness, and for the first month I wanted to quit almost every single day.
I look back at those days, and ask myself what kept me from quitting?
For me it boiled down to the following things:
1. I was doing this entirely for me.
2. If not now, then when?
3. My life can be better, if I want it to be, I always have a choice.
In short, it was about accepting responsibility for my weight. Accepting that my past choices had led me to where I am now, and through my efforts I can also choose to lead myself down a healthier, happier path.
In life, we always have a choice. Sometimes those choices can be hard to make, but never think that you don’t have the power to choose… No one can ever take that from you.
Fast forward, to February 2014, and I have now lost close to 25kg. I am much happier, heading back to uni to study, and have started this blog to share my experiences in the hope that I inspire or help others change their lives for the better as well.