I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror

I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change

As I’ve walked around Northside Hospital pondering weight loss, obesity, American culture, lifestyle, fat people, myself, my family and about 1000 other things – I came up with a lot of blog topics that would make people say “Hell yeah!’ or “Seriously!” or “Man, you are right!”… things that would spark lots of ‘Likes’ and comments on facebook and was compelled to write them.  The problem is, I couldn’t bring myself to write anything like that, it just wasn’t coming from my heart.  It was coming from my head and my head is amidst turmoil.

There are so many things I could complain about.  The cost of eating healthy, McDonalds at a hospital,  portion sizes at various restraunts… but complaining will not help me  It won’t help me one bit.   It won’t help Sarah, it won’t help Derek, Max or anybody else.

In my three days of pondering all of this I’ve come up with something … I have to do what I have to do and do it the best I can.  Stop making bullshit excuses.  Stop looking at my environment, my culture and anything else I am blaming for myself being overweight.  Simply put – I am overweight because I put more food in my mouth than I need.  Some of my weight is caused by putting the wrong food in my mouth – but ultimately – I eat too much of the wrong things and because of that I am fat.

A while back, I did a feature on TV and that was a lot of fun.  It was all inspired by my “Jerry McGuire” moment where I decided to tell the world if everybody did something different to get to work, one day a week – they would get lots of benefits.  I still believe that.  I can conceptually prove all of that too you.  I *INVITE* you to join me in my quest to commute by bike or other means 1 day a week.  I’ve enjoyed it!  It’s good for you.  The problem is, commuting one day a week is not enough.  It’s a great start – but it’s not enough.

All this brings me to a blog post starting with a Michael Jackson song.  I never in a million years thought that would happen, but it’s true – I need to take a look at the guy in the mirror and make some new changes.  The problem with that is – changing your whole life TODAY means in 3 weeks or 3 months, all the changes will have fallen by the wayside and you will be back to the old ways of thinking/acting. Don’t believe me?  I’ve lost over 350-400 pounds in 6 years.  I still weigh the same amount (and haven’t been over 300 pounds).

So here is my latest greatest attempt at getting my life in order.  I’m going to keep with my plan … call it “One A Week”.  What does that mean?  One thing a week.  I am going to focus on ONE THING a week.  The catch is … it has to be a snowball.  I can’t work on this one week, that the next and forget about this!  I might add something to my life, I might subtract something from my life.  I might MODERATE something from my life – but every week – I am going to try to introduce one healthy habit.

Here’s my current list:

  • Commute by bicycle, on average, one day a week (Successfully engaged)
  • Drink more water (Starting 8/9/2010)

If you are one of the seven readers of my blog and would like to partake in my insanity – please feel free to comment on your one-a-week!  Support from friends, relatives and peers will do nothing but help!  Sarah has to walk the walk now.  While I can not walk the same walk, it’s time for me to walk in parallel and lead a healthier lifestyle!  What will you do this week?

One thought on “I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror”

  1. I know you can do it, Scott! So can Sarah! Changing things slowly is the way to go. I used to be over 200 pounds (heavy for a chick) and have successfully kept the weight off for over 12 years. You have to make a lifestyle change, not go on a diet, try to lose weight. It’s completely changing your thinking. My relationship with food still isn’t great; it’s a constant struggle, but I work at it.

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