A Resolution to Change

For this week’s blog post, guest blogger Christopher McGrath provides some timely inspiration about getting healthy in the New Year.

Chris before his journey

It’s that time of year again when many people reflect upon the previous year, wondering what could have been, and contemplate the year ahead, dreaming of what could possibly be.  While I’ve never been a huge fan of resolutions (mainly because I’m no good at keeping them), two years ago, I promised myself I would try to make a change that would last a lifetime.

Two years ago, I was a 435-pound man.  And for the last time, I resolved to get healthy.

And while I had tried almost every diet, gimmick and trick out there, I was not thoroughly convinced that surgically wrapping an elastic band around my stomach was going to be the solution to my problems.  Why?  Well, it wasn’t modern medicine’s fault that I was a morbidly obese.  Over the twenty previous years prior, I made a series of bad choices in terms of my eating habits and my inability to manage my emotions.  So while I didn’t resolve to go on a diet, or read yet another self-help book in search of the secret to happiness and weight-loss success, I did resolve to do one thing very differently. 

I made a resolution to hold myself accountable to my own choices.
I chose to live my life differently.  Quite simply, I chose to live.

Because 20 months ago, I used to pray at night that I wouldn’t die in my sleep – feeling the weight of 200+ extra pounds, depression, sadness, disappointment, and anxiety pressing down on both my body and my spirit.  And I made a deal with myself on April 19, 2008 – that if I woke up the next morning, I would not only choose to make a change, but I would actually do it.

And I haven’t looked back since.

I hired the best trainer in the world (I think!).
I actually applied everything I had learned from 20+ years of dieting, to fuel my body in healthy and wonderful way.
I learned to enjoy sweating…running, indoor cycling, and kickboxing.  I’ll try anything now, and in the process, likely grow to love it.
And most importantly…
I dropped over 200 pounds of body weight...the old fashioned way!
I’ve lost 7.7 feet (yes, feet!) of fat from my body’s girth measurements.
I’ve learned to take control of my life, and forgive myself for the consequences of negative choices.

I learned that the problem with all of my previous resolutions was that they weren’t about making a change in how I think, or how I see myself in the wonderful world around me.  They were about changing something that existed externally to who I am as a person, in hopes that changing that one condition alone would create an imbalance in my already chaotic life that could prompt much-needed change.  But now, the resolution – the best one I ever made – was about not feeling victimized by my bad choices, but instead understanding that the most powerful thing I have as a person is the power to choose.  I can choose to live my life in whatever way I wish.  And once I made the choice to eat more healthfully (I still eat burgers!), exercise daily, and forgive myself and others for everything I had been hanging onto for so very very long, I drew more strength and motivation from that choice than I had ever found before.

And for me, that was the secret to my resolution.

May 2010 bring you the same power and inspiration – from your own power to choose.

Chris today

 To read more about my journey, visit: http://www.secondcomingofchris.blogspot.com

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