Originally posted on Linkedin on Apr 8, 2015
People can try to reinvent themselves. I don’t think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you’ve done up to now. – Eminem
Can we change who we are today?
When I started my health and weight loss journey last year, I didn’t realize it would eventually lead to reinventing myself.
Being in my forties and 403 pounds, I was atime bomb with regard to my health. I was pre-diabetic, developed high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and a host of other obesity-related conditions.
Compound this with other complications like not being able to fit in a restaurant booth and needing a special “big man’s” chair at work. I was often stressed out, embarrassed, and felt hopeless.
So I took action to change all of that.
In retrospect it all makes sense. I had to reinvent myself in order to make these changes permanent. The old me had many bad habits, poor self-esteem, and was not confident in my abilities. All of these things were holding me back and my health was in jeopardy.
I asked myself:
What kind of quality of life do I want for my remaining years?
I won’t get into the specifics of what motivated me and what changes I had made in this post. In short, I realized that I needed to slowly undo all of the years bad habits by monitoring and gradually reducing my food intake and maintain regular, sustainable physical activity (primarily walking and weight training).
What I have discovered is that my journey was more than just a reinvention of myself with a finite end, I am constantly evolving… ever improving.
Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it. –Anthony J. D’Angelo
This journey has been one of learning and self-awareness. Much like the Agile methodologies I have learned from Software Development projects, I am regularly taking checkpoints on my progress, assessing what works well, and taking action on things on which I can improve.
To date I have lost around 182 pounds and my outlook on life is positive. I have become more motivated in other areas of my life, taking on new challenges both at home and work, and become a mentor and inspiration to others. I no longer feel hopeless, handle stress much better (walking instead of stress eating), andreally enjoy my new life.
I am healthier, confident, and ready to take on the world!
Get ready for Mike 2.0…
New in this version:
Improved overall health
Faster processor speed
Check out my other articles:
Inspiring Others – Gives You Fuel (featured in LinkedIn’s “What Inspires Me” section)