Don’t Wait for Tomorrow – Start Today

I started my first diet on February 4th, 1990. Over 23 years ago. I would lose and gain, over and over. Losing weight has never been easy for me. Every success story I came across made it out to be so easy. A simple shake, a couple of subs, certain foods to eat, move a little. But today I am here to tell you, for most people, it is NOT easy. But it IS worth it.

Something Always Got In The Way

I was too busy. I was not motivated. It was not the right program. Tomorrow was the best day for me. Everything would start tomorrow. The problem with tomorrow is that it quickly turns into today. Then yesterday. Then never. Though not easy, the last 5 years of my life have been the most rewarding. I was out of work for a month while helping out my wife during her pregnancy of our son. I switched jobs. I now have a four year old. And I lost 200 pounds. There were times I wanted to work out, but schedules got switched. There were days where I wanted to eat a lot. There were days where I would work out for 15 minutes and wanted to be done.

But Then I Found Strength (and not the physical kind)

But I worked through it. I found this weird strength that I did not have for so many years. I woke up early. The more I stayed away from certain foods, the easier it was to avoid them. When I wanted to leave the gym, I worked out harder. My heart spoke to me more than ever. Results happened every day. Maybe not on the scale. Maybe not my waist size. But certainly the feeling. The feeling that I can do this. That tomorrow really is tomorrow, because I am doing this today. The feeling that I can keep the weight off.

This is Not Easy

I do not care how many people tell me weight loss is easy, I will not believe it. Fighting any addiction is not easy. So many people want to tell you it is. They window shop. They understand what I am going through, and tell me how I can fix all of my issues. So where does that leave most? Feeling like a failure? Well, you are not a failure. But I was. I am okay with that. You have to fail to succeed. Well, there is no reason to feel sorry for yourself.

You Can Do It

Because if I can lose weight. If I can gain muscle. If I can write, then you can too! It is not easy, but it can be done. Once you find the right lifestyle, and the strength, then it works. It just takes work. There are no quick fixes in my life. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Live for today. I work so hard everyday at it so that I will not be 420 pounds again. And I write so I NEVER forget.

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Tony Posnanski is a renowned blogger, chef, and Anytime Fitness member. Tony was once 400 pounds but has lost 200 pounds. He writes about weight loss, fitness, motivation and more on his blog The Anti Jared.