Two years ago I was borderline morbidly obese at 5'7" and 219 lbs
, incredibly unhealthy, and felt as such. I experienced migraines, severe abdominal cramping, abnormal reproductive issues, exhaustion, asthma, acid reflux, eczema, and general aches and pains that I wouldn't have realized could just simply go away-- with the weight.
Today I'm 5'7" [still! funny how I'm the same height!], and just 145 lbs. I hadn't really known how to express to people what happened since I lost all this weight with absolutely no scheduled work outs, and let us be honest, people wanted to know. Recently my friend Jason gave me the term that he's used to explain it, "Food Enlightenment".
Food Enlightenment is the idea that instead of just looking into this pool of knowledge about food, and admiring it from afar, one jumps in, and absorbs what is there-- and changes, like a sponge-- the only difference is that sponges get fat but Jason and I got skinny, and more importantly-- got healthy!
Now, I say that I didn't schedule a single workout into the two years that it took to get to where I am today-- and while this is true, something else is true-- the less fat I've had to lug around, the easier it is to move, and the more I find myself doing so. This past weekend I went backpacking in Manistee National Forest with Jason-- something that I would have thought possible at my heaviest-- but would never have done. I would have come up with every excuse in the book-- and in many ways, they would have been completely legitimate reasons such as having asthma, or horrible allergies, but all of them still would have been excuses.
Truthfully, when people ask me how I lost the weight, they are looking for a quick fix-- sprinkle some magic crap on your food, take a miracle pill, use the shake weight-- and what I did, honestly, was easy-- but it was only easy because I opened myself up to not just see the pool of knowledge about food, but to actually absorb it, process it, and make slow productive changes towards a better, and much healthier me.
So here I ask, what are some things you've heard about food-- rumor or fact, that concerns you?