(EDIT: Since writing this blog yesterday, I DID IT!! I finished Phase 3 and am back on regular foods while monitoring my weight and adjust to my new lifestyle, including how to factor in occasional 'indulgence meals' and the proper way to select fats and carbs each day going forward. Thanks for all the support! I'll continue to post at least once a week on my progress. Remember, if I can do it, why can't you? ~Brian)
Yesterday was my 300th day on the Ideal Protein Protocol with You First (link). Today is my 43rd week, & could be my final weigh-in before transitioning to Phase 4. Phase 4 will be maintaining my weight & health with normal foods for the rest of my life. I'll admit, I'm filled with a mix of emotions-- happiness, pride, fear and regret.
Along the way, I learned a lot about myself, but even better was that I learned there are lots of wonderful people out there (like Amy Bell above) who want others to succeed. Thank you to my friends, blog followers, & Magic 98.9 fans who showered me with encouragement and compliments as the pounds dropped off. I received ALL positive comments from people who followed my progress and it made my heart overflow with joy.
A great thing about losing weight is that it can lead to others who get started, especially if you spread word on a radio station and its website. However, one of my favorite fellow travellers is Roland (above) who didn't hear about me on Magic 98.9. He just saw my size shrinking as I did my daily mall walks, came up to me and said, "I want whatever you're doing." He came to one of You First's free seminars (the next one is March 7th link) began his journey, and has lot over 50 pounds so far PLUS his diabetic neuropathy pain is gone.
PRIDE AND REGRET
People have suggested that write a book. I started, but don't know if I'll ever finish it. The first line of it, though, is this:"If you want to know how much you love someone, write that person's eulogy. If you want to show how much you love someone, write the eulogy when your loved one is still alive and then read it to that person."
Why would I start a book meant to uplift and motivate people about weight loss with such a sad line? Because it took me 50 years to become the man I think my parents would be proud to see in their 7th child... but it's too late. My Mom passed away in 2001 and my Dad died only a few years ago. They never got to see me break free from the prison of flesh I'd created one bite at a time over the last two decades.
At the end of their lives, all I could do was write the words which I spoke over my parent's caskets, a part of me despairing that they left this world worrying about how my life was slowly falling apart.
I hope that if you need to make the same decision I made to change my life, you do it before it's too late. If there is one weight I'd have you lose other than pounds... it's the weight of regret.