I often get compliments on the shape I’m in.
Inevitably, I then get asked, “what’s your secret?”
Growing up, I was always tall and skinny.
As a result, I paid little attention to what I ate.
Pizza. Cheeseburgers. Pasta.
It didn’t matter.
One day, a friend poked my stomach.
A Pillsbury Doughboy reference was made.
When I went home, I dusted off the scale.
To my dismay, I was 212 pounds.
Embarrassed, I signed up to a gym.
But I was struggling to go consistently.
I hired a trainer and began working out 3x a week.
I was 202 now, but I was looking for more.
The trainer suggested the Zone Diet.
It was hard at first, but the meals soon became routine.
I was down to 184, but I plateaued
So I hired a dietician who optimized my diet.
We added a wider variety of proteins and vegetables.
I was down to 177.
But then the pandemic hit.
With the gyms closed, I took up running.
Within 3 months, I was running 4 miles at a time.
Now I weigh a healthy 171 pounds.
So what’s my secret?
Well, the 41 lbs I lost didn’t happen overnight.
This journey took 10 years.
The secret is daily habits.
First, it was the gym membership.
Next, the trainer.
Then the diet.
Followed by the dietician.
And most recently, running.
All big things come from small beginnings.
The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision.