How many years out of my 53 years have I spent on a diet? And how many diets have I tried? How many pounds have I lost on said diets? Interesting questions and I could probably come up with reasonably accurate answers to them. The question I always want to avoid like the plague must be whispered…
How many of those lost pounds have come back?!
Horrifying question! The last time I visited my family doctor that question was haunting me. I knew that when I stepped on the scale, the records would show a gain rather than a loss since the last visit. On the previous visit, the doctor had told me to lose weight. What would he say this time? This time he assumed I would not exercise so he told me to eat less. Humiliating. Frustrating. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried that one before, but I was willing to try again even though I doubted that anything would happen.
In the midst of trying and failing again, I did something that is not like me at all. Hubby and I were out shopping one evening and drove past an establishment owned by a man who had once served as an elementary Sunday School teacher at our church. He had had to step down from teaching because he was starting a new business and was working crazy hours. I hadn’t seen him since then. As we drove by his place, I saw him in the window and suggested that we should stop by and see him.
I doubt that I can make you understand how uncharacteristic of me that suggestion was. I am not the kind of person who delights in making unexpected calls on people I haven’t seen or spoken to in months…especially when that person owns a food and fitness business! Anyway…we stopped by – just to see how our friend was doing. We ended up taking a tour of his place and learning all about his program. We even bought a sample of his food.
On the way home we talked about what we had learned. It seemed like our friend’s program would be a good way to get to the lifestyle change we both needed so badly, but it was expensive! Surely this was not feasible for us. However, hubby got out the calculator and our checking account records and added up all the debits for groceries and restaurants. The total was astounding and equal to the cost of the program.
Hubby called the next day and set up an appointment for our evaluation and first workout. That was thirteen days ago and…
I don’t know…I think this post is long enough already! Check back later and I’ll tell you how it’s going!