I've been doing a great job over the years gaining weight. No problem. It was almost effortless, but the truth is a lot goes into gaining as much weight as I did. It's hard work. And I thought losing it would be even harder and in some ways it was and in others it wasn't. Before I lost the weight, over the years, I'd watch shows like Biggest Loser or even Celebrity Fit Club and watch what they go through to lose weight. I thought I needed a drill sergeant. In this little experiment, I learned I don't need a boot camp or someone yelling in my face or to carry boulders up hills or even exercise 10 hours a day. That's what I thought it would take to lose what I needed to lose. The truth is I needed just a little push in the right direction. After that first week, where I lost 6lbs, that was it, I was in it for the long haul. And in 8 months and 4 days I'm quite sure I have added years on to my life. I just gotta keep it up.
The other day on March 3rd I weighed myself after my training run of 4 miles (tread mill) and for the first time my scale showed my a number BELOW where I was trying to get. I feeling of accomplishment and glee washed over me like a cool wave. I was Skyping with my lovely girlfriend at the time and we both enjoyed that moment.
I was watching a special on TV about a Biggest Loser winner who lost over 200lbs and gained most of it back. It was hard watching it. I felt bad for the guy. He thought he had to keep up that work out that lost him the weight but thats an insane schedule. He also is around bad influences: his mother (i think) was shaming him for being so heavy and at the same time serving him a plate full of ribs. When this contradiction was brought up to her, she excused it because "its a Sunday". So I guess on Sundays, even if you're obese, you can eat whatever you want, but the rest of the week, get your shit together, fatty.
I know those moments because I've had them in my own parents house. My mother talked to me the other day complaining about her own weight. That whole household needs help in a big bad way. When went home for the holidays, my sister made me a salad when i went to her house for lunch and when i went to my aunt's she made a healthy appetizer before we went out for dinner where I had salmon. Same thing at my other aunt's house. She made some healthy choices for me.
People are asking me how to lose weight which is still so funny to me. But the real way to do it is be smart about it and know your weaknesses and "triggers" (WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO EAT?) Get your families involvement, ask for their help. Let them know how important this is to you. Hopefully they'll respect it. Try not to give yourself a deadline. Just lose it in a healthy way no matter how long it takes. Hang in there, don't get discouraged even if you slip a bit. Lose it for charity, write a blog.
Big thanks to TED TREMPER!!!! And his family!! Ted and his family became Choroideremia Research Foundation members and have donated a combined $1,000. That's about $14.28 /lb. Bringing my new total up to $192.58/lb. (which is about $13,500) if everyone remembers to pay what they pledged.
I'm very excited for the future and to see what happens on those extra years I'll be around.
I want to thank everyone for their help, supportive words, support in terms of donations and although the weigh loss is over, I am always trying to raise money and awareness for this little known disease that is taking away my sight a little bit everyday.
www.curechm.org (if it doesn't work try another time, sometimes when they're updating the site its hard to get on)
on the PayPal there's a place where you can type that your donation is for EJ's WeightLoss.
THANKS AGAIN EVERYBODY!!!!!