Congratulations on being open to an exciting, new chapter in your life.
Before we get started I wanted to encourage you with my experience ...
When I was in my teens, I never worried about my weight - I could eat
"whatever" without a second thought. However, that changed - and
without me even noticing.
In my early twenties, I lived on my own for a few years. I didn't own any
furniture, let alone a bathroom scale. Before I knew it, I was just a few
pounds from being considered obese. [For men, that's an extra 25% of
That started a weight loss and gain cycle that lasted for the next 30 years.
I probably lost- and gained back over 300 pounds. I suppose that's the
reason I never became extremely heavy- I kept trying to lose weight over
and over. For some reason, carrying extra fat always bothered me- a lot
more than some people I suppose.
It wasn't so much as how I looked, as much as how it made me feel.
Some people don't seem to have a problem with being overweight, but for
me, it was a self esteem issue. I felt like other people saw me as lazy or
undisciplined [and it made me feel that way a lot of the time too].
So I'd try to lose weight. Sometimes I would give up in a few days. Other
times I would succeed for three or four months. But without exception,
the weight ALWAYS came back on.
That is, until I got a wake up call at age 49, and I became determined to
do more than lose weight. I made up my mind I was also going to do
something more with my life.
For reasons I can't totally explain, it's become my mission to spread that
word that anyone can have the body and life they always wanted- without
giving the money sucking diet and weight loss industry another dime.