“You can have anything in the world you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
For the last 10 years, I have been teaching and coaching at the high school level. Over that time, I have gained 10-15 pounds/year. I ballooned to 317lbs, which at 5’8″ means I was very unhealthy. Let’s just say the last time I went to buy dress pants, I had to shop in the “portly” section (true story). I was embarrassed about my weight, and honestly it effected my work performance and pursuit of my life goals. I felt stuck and was afraid to make changes. However, in December of 2011, I began a lifestyle transformation and changed a bunch of things in my life. The positive benefits added up as the momentum built, and I started to wonder why I had settled for so long and allowed myself to get so unhealthy. My purpose with this site is to help others get out of that hopeless situation. I don’t want others to linger there for years at a time like I did. In the coming weeks I will lay out what I am doing nutritionally, fitness wise, and give you the secrets I’ve found that have made the journey possible. At this point, I am five months in and have lost 60 pounds.
After numerous attempts to lose weight, I was stuck in a situation that felt helpless and hopeless. I remember how horrible that felt, and my goal is to make sure that I can show people there is a way out if they want it. The way is difficult, but honestly, it’s not as difficult as living life being overweight and unhealthy. In retrospect, when I was at my heaviest, I wish someone had of confronted me on my habits, and shared their concern. My hope with this blog is that people will find the help and guidance they need to transform their own lives. The focus of the blog will be for teachers as I lost 50 pounds in the middle of the school year, but really the information presented will be good for anybody that seeks to improve their fitness level. So, if you enjoy the content or find it helpful, please pass it on to someone else that would benefit as well.
I am qualified to help you on this journey, because long before I actually started applying the knowledge, I was collecting the knowledge. I have spent literally hundreds of hours reading success literature and health and fitness material. I have collaborated with high end strength and conditioning coaches, and have seen the benefits of my system work on numerous people around me. Trust me, it works.
The first step in any habit change is to clearly define the target. Everything I’ve read on habit change starts here. It’s a must. So, until next time the first step is to make a plan.
Step 1: Define the Target
Without censoring yourself, or feeling unrealistic, make a statement about what you want if you had your ideal health goal. And, don’t worry if it seems ridiculous. When I was 317, I made a goal to be 185. I felt like I had the same odds to achieve that as I did to win the lottery, but it didn’t matter, that was the goal. Don’t worry about how you will accomplish it, that will come later. Right now, the focus is the goal. What do you want? And, BS (be specific). Don’t just say I want to lose weight. How much? Whatever your goal is just make sure we can measure it and track it (critical steps to success we will discuss later).
And lastly, pick a small habit that can take no more than 10 minutes a day for the first week that you can start right away. A great example would be to decide you’re going to walk 10 minutes a day. I know it seems small and inconsequential, but part of achieving is getting started. Like I said, I knew all of the information on how to lose the weight and be healthy 3 years before I started. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Not sure who said it, but that’s truth. So, we’re starting small on purpose, 10 minutes a day, no more. One other idea could be packing your lunch every day during the week. Again, pick a small habit that supports your goal. I know it’s not going to create massive results, but it is part of the process. So, two things to do until next time: 1. Define the target 2. Get started, by acting small.