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The subject of my blog today is INSPIRATION. In my 50 years, I've been inspired by many people. Here is my latest inspiration. Cindy Healy, in this video, describes in this amusing and very moving way how she helped us reach for the stars (and rescue Matt Damon).
My road to health also has a geeky, sci fi connection. I began my weight loss journey with You First on the Ideal Protein Protocol (link) on May 4th, 2017, known as Star Wars Day--May the Fourth be with you.
Since then, like a young padawan, I've contemplated inspiration a lot. As I slowly emerged from this prison of fat I'd made for myself, I had to find the motivation to keep doing it-- repeating the steps day after day, week upon week.
SUCCESS IS ITS OWN INSPIRATION
The first thing I discovered with You First (the clinic) and the Ideal Protein Protocol (the weight loss plan) is that DROPPING POUNDS is a great motivator. Results may vary--mine knocked my compression socks off as I began. I lost almost 11 pounds in my first week and then averaged about 6 pounds a week in my first few months.
As I got closer and closer to my goal, the average dropped a bit-- but I had less fat to lose by then until as I 'came in for a landing,' I wondered where I'd find more fat to lose off my bod. Meanwhile, I poked new holes in my belt and put velcro on the end to keep the the end from flopping out of my belt loops.
But that's only part of the motivation that kept me going. I also looked back at where I'd been. Facebook constantly reminded me with it's "memories" feature, showing me images from years ago--all of which showed how bad my weight had been. So, I would make a new before/after photo. These REALLY got me charged up. I was motivated by them to keep on keeping on.
LOOK OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF FOR INSPIRATION
Some will tell you to find a person who has done what you want to do and follow his or her example to reach your goals. That's sound advice, I think, especially with weight loss. There are plenty of examples in the history of Ideal Protein, many right out of the You First Clinic, of people following the plan, dropping pounds, and improving their health overall.
I like to say that with every pound you lose, you make room for more health and HOPE to get back in.
I also looked beyond myself to find the reasons why I wanted to lose weight.
At 313 pounds, I'd gotten to the point where I felt like I was dying more than I was living. When you get to that point, you must remember to cherish what you love and make them reasons to hold on and keep trying.
I've been blessed to be a part of a large family. I have many sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews and even several grand nieces. I realized that there is still a lot of life ahead of me, and joy to be experienced both on my own and in the part of my life I share with my family.
I regret that I didn't find Ideal Protein and lose this weight before my parents had passed away. I think they would have been so proud of what I've done, and I know that they were saddened by the physical wreck I had become. At 50 years, I again feel like I'm in my 30's with the health and determination to bike hundreds of miles and to climb mountains. If only Mom and Dad were here to see it... but it's too late.
The day after this year's Clean Air Challenge was Mother's Day. It was clear and sunny. I sat in the restaurant of the lodge, muscles still sore from completing a 100-mile charity bike ride the day before.
I couldn't help but feel that deep ache in my heart because for so many years, the first thing I would do after an accomplishment was call my Mom and beam with pride as I described what I'd done. Instead, I could only look out upon Denali and remember her. I thought I could see her image among the shadows in the face of the mountain. I imagined her and Dad sitting across the table having breakfast with that amazing view beside us. It was not to be.
If there is a weight I could help you lose beyond the pounds, it's the weight of regret.
IF I CAN DO IT, WHY CAN'T YOU?
Simply put, I am NOT SPECIAL.
Think about it. If I was special and had some extraordinary gift to lose weight and be fit, don't you think I would have used it decades ago?
I spent about 20 years putting on and then being overweight. In that time, I tolerated my deteriorating body and even adapted my lifestyle to my weakening and restrictive condition. Age, metabolism, heredity, medical problems-- I used these as excuses to accept my weight. I even believed in myths like the ability to exercise off the weight (which just made me hungrier). Then, I reached a tipping point where I had accept that in order to change my life, I had to change something in my life.
The first thing I had to change was my assumption that I knew what I was doing. I had to humble myself. I had to say to myself that I KNEW NOTHING. When it came to losing my weight, all of my past knowledge was useless. The proof of that: 313 pounds and a host of medical problems.
Once I had that moment of self realization, I was open to new ideas. That's when I searched for help. That's when I found You First and began my journey with Ideal Protein.
I hope that you found something worthwhile in my blog today. Click on any of the pictures to for the link to learn more about You First and Ideal Protein. I'm now a health coach there part time so that I can help guide people on their own path to better health. I'd love to see you there and at our next free seminar. Thank you for reading my blog. ~Brian
Disclosure: I, Brian Ross, was a client of You First for 10 weeks. After seeing significant weight loss results on the Ideal Protein plan, I proudly began endorsing them & receive compensation for on-air mentions & web content.
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