We have a HUGE health problem in the United States. National health statistics reveal that 40% of American adults are obese and another 32% are overweight. Hospitals are full of patients who have serious health issues directly linked to obesity. It’s reported that prior to every new year, about 45% of adult Americans resolve to lose weight, meaning that one month ago, about 114 million Americans resolved that 2020 was going to be THE YEAR that they lost that excess weight and got back into shape. Was that your resolution, too? Last month, the staff at gyms and fitness centers all across the country worked extra hours to accommodate the long lines of eager and committed applicants. Well, we’re rapidly approaching the end of January and the VAST majority of those folks have already thrown in the towel. It happens every year.
Does that describe you? Feeling defeated? I’ve been there, too. But last Spring I put together a simple weight-loss/fitness plan for myself that worked and I didn’t need an expensive gym membership or complicated diet regimens. After losing 30 lbs. in 16 weeks, going from 214 lbs. down to 184 lbs., I’ve been able to keep the weight off for seven months and have even lost an additional 5 lbs., dipping down to 179 lbs. just recently. The last time I weighed 179 lbs. was 30 years ago!
Don’t wait until next December to start thinking again about losing weight and getting back into shape. I started my simple program in mid-March, 2019 and by July 2nd I had reached my goal.
Below are my three posts from last July that go into detail about how I successfully lost 30 lbs. in only 16 weeks. I hope they inspire and help someone else who wants to lose weight and get healthier.
- My weight-loss experience – Part 1: After wiping the egg off my face, trying again
- My weight-loss experience – Part 2: Walking for exercise: You CAN do it!
- My weight-loss experience – Part 3: Making dieting a fun adventure
Yup, fitness and good health are worthy pursuits, but let’s also keep first things first:
“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:8