My Weight Loss Journey
By Gary A. Johnson
Many of you have had a front row seat watching me battle a number of obstacles in an effort to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle. I walk from National Harbor across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Washington, DC to Old Town Alexandria and back. I cycle around the Nation’s Capital, I purchase and eat organic and other healthy foods and yet I “yo-yo” back and forth on the scale. Why is this? Well there are a number of reasons:
- I tend to be an emotional eater who eats when stressed. Guilty!
- Then there’s the issue of insufficient rest. Guilty! (Experts say getting a full 8 hours of rest is critical to losing weight).
- How about eating late at night. Guilty! (Many experts say you should not eat after dinner).
- And then there’s the issue of portion control. Guilty! (I tend to put too much food on my plate. Now I eat off of a smaller plate).
You see, I’m what’s known as a “Foodie.” The Merriman-Webster dictionary defines a foodie as someone who has an avid interest in food and the latest food fads. The Urban Dictionary defines a foodie as a politically correct term for a fat person. Another urban dictionary definition for a “foodie” is “a douchebag who loves food.”
I found myself at a crossroad. A foot injury slowed me down. I was not able to exercise for 90 days and my weight soared to well over 300 lbs. Just like that, I went from being on the right path to weight loss to being obese. I realized that if I wanted to see results I had to heal from the foot injury and do something different.
The first thing I did was address the four areas above where I plead “Guilty.” I’m in check with my emotions, I’m getting more rest, I not eating throughout the evening and I am eating less food. However, the most significant change that I made occurred about 3-weeks ago. I joined the likes of former NFL Quarterback Troy Aikman and NBA great Shaquille O’Neal and took a FREE online health assessment which provided an individually designed nutritional program using the highest quality, clinically researched ingredients.
As a result I got a personalized nutrition program designed for me and the way that I live. I use some of the ID Life products and I’m learning to make changes to my lifestyle. I have more energy and I’m motivated to maintain these new habits. I still have to do the work, but thanks to ID Life, I’m working a lot smarter.
The photo to the left is what I looked like in my home gym after I could not exercise due to injury (December 12, 2015). I soared to well over 300 lbs. In January 2016, I decided to take the IDLife 28 Day Challenge. The photo to the right is what I looked like 6 weeks later. The challenge for me now is to continue with the program, deal with the setbacks and stay the course.
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