I had a patient make a simple, but profound statement yesterday during a discussion of our weight loss program. She said, "Dr. Gazaway, it's about baby steps; slow, but steady and persistent."
I definitely feel like this process is SLOW! However, I am feeling better, and slowly losing the weight. I don't mind logging my food; in fact, TheDailyPlate is somewhat addicting. And I'm not hungry. I feel satisfied and have chosen foods and snacks that help me not feel deprived. The cardio and strength training seem to get easier, but making the time is tough. I try to remind myself that this is an investment I cannot afford to miss. It helps having a spouse who is interested in being healthy, and encourages me to keep on.
I don't know if I'll ever be able to completely forget about a number on the scale. The truth is I'm realizing more and more everyday that fitting in my clothes, having a good energy level, and just feeling better are the real reward of this hard work. That's not to mention that making healthy food choices,along with moderate exercise and strength training are going to help me live a full and healthy life. I feel better about myself, and I think that makes me a better husband, father, doctor, friend, and person.
The good news is that even babies grow up and get around faster (and cost parents a whole lot more!). I'm in my "toddler" stage with regards to learning to live healthy and make good choices. Hopefully, I will continue growing in this process, making it my lifestyle. Why don't you come on and join me in this adventure!