The Journey Begins Again
Updated: Nov 14, 2019
Hello everyone, my name is Mike.
I am a success story. I am a story of failure. I’m what can happen if you set a goal and stick to it. I’m also what can happen if you sit back and watch yourself spiral out of control.
Unfortunately, I’m in the middle of a tailspin.
I’ve always been very overweight, but in September of 2016, I stepped on a scale and was shocked at what I saw. I weighed nearly 400 pounds. I’m not sure what clicked in that moment, but I knew I had to make a change. I changed my diet to a strict low-carb meal plan, I got to the gym regularly, and I held myself accountable.
My hard work paid off as in September 2017, I weighed 230 pounds and was in the best shape of my life. I knew I still had a lot of work to do.
But from that moment on, I struggled to keep up with it because of other happenings in my life. I fluctuated a bit early on in 2018 and then after the summer, I slowly watched the weight pile back on. Each 10 pounds accompanied was accompanied by an excuse and a promise that I didn’t keep. As I got heavier, I got more and more depressed.
Now, I’m in a bad place. I’m back up to 340 pounds and have no idea how to get myself back into that headspace that I was in 2 years ago. Furthermore, I’m battling the worst mental health issues of my entire life.
A couple of days ago I saw a picture of myself from when I was close to my lightest (about 245 lbs), having just conquered a mile and a half hike over sand dunes. I had no idea who that person was that had his life together and I cried because of what I’ve become.
I’m hoping that with this blog post, I can begin to spark the change that I need. I’m not going to lie, right now, the whole thing seems daunting trying to balance taking care of myself along with all of the other things I have going in my life.
I want to be better. I want to get myself right.
I just turned 37 years old. When my birthday rolls around next year, I hope to be well on my way to being who I want to be.
I’m going to keep weekly updates for anyone who wants to follow along, and I hope you do, because you’ll help keep me on track. I appreciate everyone in my life who believed in me, and I hope I can make you all proud of me again.
Date: October 28, 2019
Start Weight: 340 lbs
Current Weight: 340 lbs
Goal Weight: 250 lbs by October 1, 2020.
Mood: Hopeful (Something I've not been for awhile, A good sign I think)