Take the Stairs
I didn’t take the elevator down to 344.2 pounds.
Step by step, I took the stairs. I slowly reached 344.2 pounds on the scale. I didn’t wake up one day 15 years ago and say to myself, “Okay Shawn, let’s be as sedentary as possible. Also, while we’re at it, let’s eat 5,000 calories a day. Sound good?”
I didn’t enter obesity that way and I didn’t leave it that way, either.
Many New Years’ resolution-ers swear off their old lifestyle on January 1st of every year thinking they’ll go from this decades-long sedentary lover of junk food to this triathlon competin’ whole foods vegan overnight. It doesn’t work that way.
You just have to take steps. You don’t need to delete who you were one day and become this new person the next. You can still play video games. You can still eat junk food. You can still watch plenty of television. None of that makes you an overweight, unhealthy person. Consuming too many calories does.
Take one step toward losing weight today. Our lives are unique and we all have individual changes we can make. Make a commitment to workout for 15 minutes a day. Eat 200 less calories today. Park a little further away at the grocery store. Plant a garden while burning calories in the process.
Take the stairs. You went down them to reach your current weight — take them back up.