Saturday, November 10, 2012

10 Things I Don’t Miss About Being Super Obese

This blog post is not pretty. In fact, it’s pretty blunt. As a disclaimer, you may not want to continue reading if you can’t handle the truth. I’m writing this primarily for me – to remember - because “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” But I’m also writing it for anyone out there right now, reading this, who may be struggling with super obesity, so you can know that you CAN do it. You CAN overcome super obesity and live the life you deserve!

So without further ado, here they are: The 10 Things I Don’t Miss About Being Super Obese:
Before "Life Guy Brian", at 420 lbs
  1. Skin tags on my neck and underarms 
  2. Having a successful job interview on the phone turn into a nightmare when interviewed face-to-face 
  3. Not being able to walk more than a quarter mile without having to sit down 
  4. Being afraid to fly because I barely fit, needed a seat belt extension and was concerned I was squishing other passengers
  5. Having to use baby wipes instead of toilet paper 
  6. Having to use special tools and maneuvers in the shower to ensure my cleanliness 
  7. Not being able to pick things up off the floor and feeling compelled to ask people to get things for me because the effort to do even little tasks was taxing 
  8. Spending most of my spending money on cheap, fatty foods and sugary beverages 
  9. Having to shop for clothes in specialty stores; Not being able to shop for bargains or at thrift stores 
  10. Being sought after by “chubby chasers” instead of being pursued by someone who loves me for me
I could go on, but this is all the remembering I can handle right now. It’s tough looking back! But what’s tougher is thinking about all the people out there right now still in it, facing the same struggles I once did. I want to reach out to each and every one of you, give you a big hug and tell you that it can get better. You can lose weight and start living a healthy life.

In the words of the incredible, inspirational Tony Robbins, “It’s your decisions, not the conditions of your life that determine your destiny.” Think of it this way: The list above is nothing but conditions. But it was my decisions – to begin eating clean and getting progressively intensive regular exercise – that ultimately changed my life and led me to lose 165 pounds.

If that sounds simplistic, it’s because it really is that simple.

Contact me in the comment section below if you'd like to talk, or follow me, Life Guy Brian, on Twitter @MyFitLife2Day for daily motivation and inspiration. I look forward to hearing from you!

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