I was outside in the snow the other day, clearing my driveway and sidewalk, when I had a revelation.
The profound thought?
Shoveling snow really stinks.
OK, maybe that wasn’t exactly a deep revelation, but the snow sure was deep — about a foot high after a huge storm. My driveway is pretty wide and long, and there was so much snow that I couldn’t just push it to the side. Rather, I had to dig the shovel in, lift up a big chunk of snow and toss it or carry it to the side of the driveway.
The only sounds you could here in this winter wonderland were the hums of several neighbors’ snowblowers and the voice inside of my head that was loudly reminding me that I, too, have a snowblower in my garage. It works great! It takes a very labor-intensive job and makes it kind of easy and fun. What guy doesn’t like powerful machinery that launches stuff out of their way and does the hard work for them!?
Yet there I was in my driveway, surrounded by snow a foot deep, with my shovel and aching muscles.
Why not use the snowblower?
Without the key, the snowblower is as useless as a treadmill without the power cord. (We lose dumb things at my house, don’t judge.)
While I was grunting, sweating, internally swearing and heaving around heaps of fluffy white stuff (not sugar bags for weight-loss photos this time), I couldn’t help but reflect on the health transformation I’ve been on the past 10-1/2 months.
For years, I was trying to shovel the snow (lose weight) the hard way or I’d just stay in the house and hope that the sun would melt the snow (my fat) away or just ignore it and try to get around with extra fluff (snow and fat).
I’d lost the key.
My results since last spring are evidence that this process is much easier to do now that I’ve found the key to my weight-loss snowblower, so to speak.
As of Friday’s weigh-in, I’ve lost 135.2 pounds. I’m almost back the weight I was at when I completed and Ironman triathlon six years ago. I’m closing in on a fun 150-pound sugar shot. At 238.5 pounds, I’m not too far from getting out of the 200s once and for all. I’m only 74.5 pounds away from my goal!
It’s much more than weight loss, though. I’m working toward a balance in my life that I’ve never had.
PHYSICALLY: I feel amazing. I can get around so much easier. I’m playing basketball with the other out-of-shape poor-shooting guys in my neighborhood. I can fit into clothes that have been taunting me from my closet for years. I have incredible energy. I have a pep to my step that’s been missing. I continue to thrive with the weight-loss tools my program offers that facilitate optimal health. My portion control and self control are in check like never before. My body feels like somebody pushed the on button.
MENTALLY: I have hope, which was something that evaded me for years. I’m working on personal development (the beginning of a long journey). I’m much more in touch with my spiritual side (also a long journey). I have big dreams and, better yet, a big belief that I CAN ACHIEVE them. I don’t turn to food to comfort me or when I need to celebrate or when I’m bored. And I know that if I don’t make a great choice, I can simply get back on track without berating myself or giving up. I know I will continue to succeed.
FINANCIALLY: As a health coach, it’s my distinct honor and privilege to work closely with people who are enjoying the fruits of predictable transformation. It warms my heart when friends succeed. It gives me purpose to know that I’m helping push them forward with support when they need that. It’s a blessing to get paid well to do good. I’m so grateful that this opportunity — one that I mocked and approached with incredible amounts of skepticism — is helping my family begin to claw out of a financial situation that was as out of control as my weight used to be. This is an incredible win-win situation for all involved.
If you’ve read my blogs through this transformation, you know that I don’t give many specifics about my program. I have several good reasons for that. I want this blog to be a place where people can be inspired, entertained and informed without feeling alienated if they aren’t on my program. I don’t want to come across as trying to be a diet salesman. I’m not that at all.
That said, I just wanted to share from my heart that this program has changed my life. I feel like I’ve been given an incredible gift and would love to share that with others. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, please reach out via the comments or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’d love to chat. I’d love to help. If you’re not interested, please don’t be offended or put off by my invitation.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying my weight-loss snowblower is the only one that works, but it’s working miracles for me. I’m so blessed to have found the key to a healthy body, healthy mind and healthy finances.
If you or someone you love is missing this key, please reach out. Help is available. Health is available. Trust me, it’s much better than using the shovel in a foot of snow.
Now to find that darn snowblower key.
This week’s weigh-in:
- Starting weight (March 6): 373.7 pounds
- New Year’s Day weight (Jan. 1): 262.0
- Last week’s weight (Jan. 13): 241.2
- This week’s weight (Jan. 20): 238.5
- This week’s loss: 2.7 pounds
- Total loss: 135.2 pounds