I find that the most profound stories about people do not just come from their public achievements, but the personal battles they face and overcome. Aside from being a musician, I’m just a regular guy who deals with the same issues as other guys. So I’m here to talk about my weight loss journey, which began in 2016.
I’ll begin this post by leveling with all of you: getting older is just downright tough. Your metabolism slows down, you lose muscle tone, and you can’t keep off the weight quite as easily as you could in your younger years. On top of that, I’ve found that so much of the weight loss information and resources out there is not necessarily geared towards the older male population.
It’s funny. Making the choice to lose weight may seem like a no-brainer. And as guys, we’re taught at a young age to steer clear of sharing too many feelings about things, and to just do it. But in reality, losing weight is complicated, frustrating, but of course, incredibly rewarding. Thinking back on my early twenties, I remembered thinking I’d never have this issue. You’re invincible in your twenties, right? So you deal with that: coming to the realization that, yes, you are in fact a human who gets older and needs to readjust their lifestyle habits in order to be happy and healthy. But as many of us know all too well, these “a-ha!” moments are not always so pleasant as they make them seem in the movies. They’re paired with denial, anger, but eventually, acceptance and action.
Anyone who has ever tried losing weight knows this to be true: there are some truly wacky weight loss programs out there. Programs that make you wonder, “what in the world are they exactly asking me to do?” However, it didn’t take me long to find a program that I had heard positive things about: Weight Watchers.
Circling back to a previous point: one issue I had with Weight Watchers was how heavily it seemed to be marketed to the female population. I had no issue with this fact alone, but the thought occurred to me, “is Weight Watchers for men too?” It’s silly, but I felt vulnerable.
I started Weight Watchers on January 7th, 2016. And what I found was that, yes, while the program was about comprised of about 90% women, there were men there too. But I really don’t want to focus on the gender ratio, because while it was a thought that went through my head, the journey is about so much more than that. One thing everyone in the program shared was the desire to lose that weight and better ourselves. It was wonderful and scary all at the same time.
After weighing in and creating my weight loss plan, it was time to get to work. The start was slow, but I soon realized that I could get to the gym regularly before work in the morning, which was great. I began by walking on the treadmill and lifting lighter weights a few days a week. Between my exercise and eating right, I was already feeling stronger, leaner, and healthier. But again, anyone who has taken on a challenge like this knows that there is always the inevitable “hit the wall” moment. My moment came at week 4. That’s when it really got tough. My motivation dropped, my workouts got harder, and the light at the end of the tunnel flickered on and off. But I kept myself moving and continued to look forward to my weight loss goal.
Since then, I’ve proudly lost 15 pounds. I’d be lying if I said it was easy. But then again, when does anything of true worth come easy? My confidence has risen, and I’m that much prouder to look in the mirror and see the man I’ve come to be. My journey is far from over, but my main message is that if I can do this, anyone can. We all go through personal struggles. It’s not about the issues we face, but the actions we take to move forward and take more control of our lives.
So if you have embarked on a similar journey to my own, I’d love to hear about it. Let’s stick together and help each other along in the process.