For several years I would write a Blog every so often. Nothing ground-shaking; just my thoughts and ramblings about life as I was experiencing it. I never knew when the “spirit would hit me.” But when it did, I would sit down and the thoughts would brew, the words would percolate up and the fingers smoked as I tried to put it down before I forgot something.
I checked and my last “DEALingwithmyworld” Blog was over a year ago. And it was full of the pride and joy of becoming a grandfather. There has been a lot to write about this last year with their (twin girls!) bubbling into this joyous life. I just have not taken the time or have listened to my inner self; oh, and I have been busy—well, who hasn’t?
So, here I sit with something to write. Again, nothing earth-shattering nor profound. Just my musings for my life right now.
I do not make New Year’s resolutions. Not because I do not want to improve in some area of my life. It is more about the fear of not succeeding. We all are amused at those who pronounce far-reaching resolutions, only to be disheartened by falling short.
With that being said, I did come into this New Year (or more accurately I left the holiday season) uncomfortable, stuffed and not feeling up-to-par. I wasn’t obese, but I knew I was not healthy. My pants were tight and I could barely suck it in enough to fasten them. I seriously had reached the last hole on my belts! My shirt collars would not button. I literally would get winded walking down the drive way walking the dog or taking the stairs to my bedroom.
I want to be energetic to be “Tom-Tom,” I want to be fit to enjoy our family get-togethers, I want to be able to help my sons and their families with home projects, baby-sitting, etc. Basically, I want to be around!
I’ve said it before, “Getting healthy is a state of mind, and the state of mine is pretty darn good,” now. Seriously, I challenged myself and began to get healthy by following a healthy diet, receiving encouragement and support from a health coach and enjoying the successes. (It helps that Susan wanted to as well!)
|Feb. 12, 2017|
Here I am at Christmas. Notice there is no chin, no jaw. Heck if it wasn’t for the facial hair one would think I was all neck!
On the right is me today, four weeks after starting this journey. I am down fifteen pounds (five away from my Goal #1 weight), my pants fit, and I’m using the correct belt holes and the dress shirts button! Best thing is I can walk my driveway and skip up the steps! It is amazing what fifteen extra pounds does to one’s body! I am feeling good, I am feeling good about myself, I have a healthier outlook on life and my kids and grandkids are going to have to put up with me for a very long time!
Many of you have kept me going! You’ve seen my Facebook posts. Thank you for every “Hoorah” and encouragement you have given. It has meant a lot! I could not have done this without my life’s partner, my best friend and my bride by my side.
The one vital element in all of this that I would like to point out: my health coach! This is a friend who has encouraged me, advised me, and is on the journey with me (he’s lost over 30 pounds!). He is the key “free” element in what I am doing. I believe in it so much that I have decided I, too, want to help others who want to get healthy. If you would be interested in learning more, or having me as your Health Coach, send me a message, firstname.lastname@example.org. “Let’s talk.”