A few years ago I picked up a book entitled Start Somewhere: Losing What’s Weighing You Down Fom The Inside Out*. Written by Calvin Nowell, a Christian songwriter and recording artist, it is the story of how he got to be a young guy weighing 450 pounds, with a 60 inch waist, and how he found a way to lose 215 of those pounds. I found the book inspiring, but not inspiring enough to follow his lead.
Last Sunday I decided that time had come. I wasn’t feeling twinges in my heart like Calvin felt, but I seem to get out of breath too easily, it is difficult to bend in the middle or to get up from a kneeling position. I am much shorter than Calvin’s six feet and four inches, but 210 pounds is way to much for my frame. I weighed 150 when I was married almost 44 years ago. Is it unreasonable to think that I might eventually get back to that size?
Calvin does not offer a marvelous nutrition plan or exercise advice. His advice is simply to move more and eat less. That basically comes down to self-denial. And self-denial is the missing ingredient in about every other weight loss book on the market. Simply because denying our appetites, which have become powerful habits, is so difficult.
Here is one little quote from the book:
“If you’re on the edge of your seat waiting to see what amazing new miracle weight-loss fad I followed, you’re going to be disappointed. I lost my weight through old-fashioned diet and exercise. I made small changes in my behaviour that became habits (my emphasis).”
I believe that last sentence is the key, Many weight loss plans will help you take off weight, but the loss is temporary, because you have not formed new habits that will last longer than the time it takes to lose the weight. Old habits have to be broken, new habits formed that will become just as much a part of your character as the old ones. That is where self denial comes in.
Anyway, I have begun by cutting out snacks between meals and dessert at supper. That has been a shock to my system and I was feeling it yesterday. Summer is coming and it won’t be hard to be more physically active. The test of my desire to keep up that level of physical activity will come next winter.
My goal is to lose ten pounds in the first thirty days, another ten in the following sixty days. I know the first few pounds will come off more quickly and it will take a dedication to my goal to keep going until the new habits are deeply ingrained.
Wish me well. Pray for me.
* Start Somewhere: Losing What’s Weighing You Down Fom The Inside Out, © 2009 by Calvin Nowell, published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.