The image on the right was taken in September 2007, I had quit smoking that January and was on the verge of tipping the scales at 220 lbs, the most I had ever weighed. I had bought a treadmill right around the time this picture was taken but it sat unused for the next three months.
Fast forward to December, while at a family dinner I witnessed a family member suffer from a diabetic episode. It was an experience that made me realize what I had in-store for myself if I didn’t take control of my health then and there. It was that moment that changed everything for me and finally gave me the wake-up call I so desperately needed.
I starting walking on the treadmill the next day.
Since that time it was as if I had been on a yo-yo with not only my weight but my self esteem too. I was on the ball for a few months then my will-power, my desire and focus would drift. Luckily I have always been able to claw my way back to the light before it was “too late”. I never let myself get back to where I was at in 2007 but I never fully accepted until now that this is a full on life style change. This isn’t a “diet”, exercising and healthy eating is now a part of my every day life, every day for the rest of my life.