How I realized I was getting overweight

Posted: September 5, 2008 in Obesity Medicine by

Who me, I have a weight problem?

In my late 30’s, before I  became more focused on helping others lose weight, I started putting on weight of my own.  My pant size went from a 28 to a 30 to a 32 to 34 inches!  Now these were getting tight.  I thought to myself: “I guess this is what’s supposed to happen when you age.”  I was in major denial.  My mom was visiting from out of town.  She mentioned, “Wow, you’re getting a belly!”  It hit me like a ton of Crisco.  I was so mad, and my initial thought was to lash out at her.  Then I realized the brutal truth.

I let happen to me what so many of us do.  I finally understood why so many of us gain weight.  It’s so insidious.  Those 5 pounds each year caught up with me.  It was due to the night time snacking on ice cream an cookies.  I immediately stopped this lethal habit and took up running.  Over the next 6 months, I lost 15 pounds and 5 inches.  I continue to run, which allows me to  get away with the occasional food excess.  I am training for my second marathon, and feel better than I have in years.

Now my motto is: Never buy the next pant size!