By Mike Campbell
Well, are you fed up? How long will you keep feeding yourself bad food, bad vibes, bad decisions and bad lifestyle habits?
That’s the big question! Until you are on seven meds and a CPAP machine? Until you can’t fit into a theater or airplane seat? Until you can’t go up a flight of stairs? Until you can’t enjoy anything in life without thinking of your weight, your size or how bad you feel?
All the above was me in 2009. I was living a miserable existence and had come to accept it. I had come to accept something that I would not accept for you or anyone else.
But, I have been blessed to have found my journey. I lost 150 pounds in a year, and I am healthier and fitter at 61 than I have ever been in my life!
If any of the above statements struck a nerve with you, then you need to see the journey I’ve traveled. You need to travel the journey with me as I do a series of articles over the coming year. I’ll tell you about my weight loss journey and how I changed my life. I’ll tell you about the good and bad, the highs and lows. I’ll tell you how to start your journey to health, wellness and fitness. I want you to travel the journey with me! I want you to know you can change your weight, fitness and wellness!
This series is not for the person looking to lose five pounds to get into that bathing suit for summer or that tuxedo for the holidays. This series is for you — yes, you — the person who is fed up with your present lifestyle, the person who wants to change but can’t see a way out. I want you to know there are many more stories just like yours and mine. And, I would like yours to be one of the stories where someone changes their life today. I want you to commit, learn and move toward finding a healthier, fitter you. I want you to take care of you!
So, at this point, you’re probably saying, “Who is this guy?” I’m a recovering fat guy. I’ve struggled with my weight all my life and learned to manage it in just the last eight years. I was a chubby child who was a little out of bounds at times. As an adult, I was far out of bounds and saw my weight go up and down over a 29-year career in operations management with the South Carolina Ports Authority. I left the ports in December 2004 to work to save the local Boys & Girls Clubs. I saw my weight go from 300 to 360 pounds over three and a half years and my lifestyle habits go down the tubes. I was in a bad place then.
Yes, I know, your next question is, “Why do I care so much about you changing your life?” I did the research when I was losing my weight and know there is over a third (118 million people) of our country struggling with obesity and another third who are overweight and headed toward obesity. Also, I’ve talked with many large and small groups of people about my journey. After every speaking engagement, I’ve had people come to me who seemed hopeless and unable to start their journey to lose weight and improve their lives. Each time, it hurt my heart and took a little chunk out of me. I see my past self in them, and I know how hopeless their struggle feels.
Well, now I’m on a mission. I want to reach as many people as possible to let them know they can change their lives. I want them to know how deep a hole I was in and how far I’ve come and that they can do it, too! More importantly, I want you to know you can change your life. I know you are sitting there thinking, “Not me.” And I am saying, “Yes, you!” Let’s do it and do it now. I’d love to hear from you! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or check my website (fatguydiary.com).
Next Issue: How did I get so fat?