I am a sucker! For the last 20 years or so, whenever I see a magazine that says on the front "10 Hot Tips To Lose Weight" or something like that, I buy it! I do this ALL the time. I even did it today! I have lost 200 pounds this year, yet I am still looking for tips from a magazine? The funny thing is the tips have not changed. I have magazines from 1994 that have the same tips as the ones I have today. Eat more protein, work out, eat less, etc. etc.! There is nothing really new in there. At one point in my blog life, I also started to write down tips for all of y'all! Here are the ones I have had so far:
Tip #1- Don't make excuses Tip #2- Drink Water Tip #3- Failure is not a option Tip #4- Clothes do not make the person Tip #5 - Eat Fruit
Not very exciting. Well, today I want to add a new one.
Tip #6- Losing weight and getting healthy are two different things!
There are two different things that most "wellness plan" offers. They are:
1. Lose weight 2. Get healthy
I have lost weight my whole life. I have cut back on portions, I have taken diet pills. I have "tried" all the diets. Well, kind of tried them. Then, I would gain back all of the weight. I would actually gain back the weight and then some! Before losing the weight I have this year,I gained over 180 pounds over the past 8 years, and this was after I lost 80 pounds in a successful weight loss journey!
Why is this time different! Why am I so confident I will not gain back the weight.
Well, it is because of my smart wife!
Since I have been gaining weight, my wife has NEVER asked me to lose weight. Never ever! She always asked me to get healthy. She wanted to me to be around for a while. She did not care how I looked. in fact, I know she loved the 420 pound Tony just as much as the 218.6 pound Tony. This year, for the first time in my life, I did not try to "lose weight". I went on a mission to get healthy. I changed the way I ate, I worked out, I took vitamins, I even cut out the "diet" drinks. I changed my life completely. It was not so easy at first, but now I look at it and wonder why I did not live like this earlier! By changing my life, the weight came off. For the first time in my 33 year life, I know the weight will stay off! And my wife will not have to worry ever again!