I’ve been fat for a very long time. When I was in my late twenties I gained eighty pounds in one year. I was incredibly active doing heavy manual labor and taking karate. I kept cutting my calories down but gaining a couple pounds a week no matter what. I went to my doctor and all he could say was to limit my intake.
This went on until I found a lump in my neck and was diagnosed with a large thyroid tumor. There is a long story that I may share someday but I had surgery and had it successfully removed. It was benign and I was fine. I take a thyroid substitute daily and have no real issues other than my eyes seem to dry out in the winter a great deal easier. That is a minor complaint and if I take precautions it doesn’t cause any problems.
Over the years I used that excuse to explain my weight. I have a thyroid problem and that is why I can’t lose weight. Plus I used the bullshit that I carry it well. I don’t. Most people are incredibly nice to me and lie. I hear, you look good, you don’t need to lose much. Bullshit.
I’m at an age now where there is no more artifice. I look in the mirror and see a retiree who has far more weight on himself than there should be. There is only one reason I am overweight, and it’s not my poorly performing thyroid gland. I eat too much and I don’t exercise enough. Plus I love carbs. I don’t care if it is pizza or saltine crackers. I love it.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been moving away from carbs, trying to eliminate as many as possible. The few carbs I get are from salads and vegetables. I’m avoiding sugars with a passion. I’m already seeing small results.
I’ve started drinking more water every day. Trying to drink a gallon a day. That seems to be making a real difference both in my appetite and my skin.
Exercise. Now that is where the biggest change has occurred. I bought a Fitbit Flex and use it every day.
I walk ten thousand steps daily. I found that when it is bitter cold I don’t want to do it so I joined a gym not too far from here. It’s not hard to drive the ten minutes and then walk for an hour.
Once the weather breaks in a few months I’ll be on the bike as often as I can. But I will continue with the walking.
No more fooling myself. I’m in it for the long haul.