Being obese (yeah I said it) is what I am, but not who I am. This has been an on going battle for 20 plus years for me. But Why? I can tell you why. I love food. I love to eat. It’s not rocket science it is plain and simple. I have learned to live with obesity. There comes a time when you have an “Ah Ha” moment that changes everything. I have always dreamed of being a father. What kind of dad would I be? Thoughts that I would never imagine coming true. Two and a half years ago being at the birth of my son and marrying my beautiful wife (Michelle) should be reason enough to want to stick around and to be healthy for my family. There is always some excuse to put off becoming healthy. Then it happened my “Ah Ha” moment. In June 2020 the world was in the midst of a pandemic. Unfortunately, I had covid-19. It brought me (all 400lbs) to my knees. Having to be hospitalized not knowing the outcome and fighting to survive. What am I fighting for? Who am I fighting for? Does Luke grow up without a father? Does my wife deserve to be a widow? Being obese and living with diabetes I realized that I did this to myself. At that moment I knew I needed to make a change in my life. To be there for my family. To live for my family. To watch my son grow to become a man and to grow old with my wife. The only problem was that I did not know how. I didn’t know where to start.
12 weeks ago Michelle told me about this Moxifit program to help us become healthier. To be supportive I became all in. I figured we would try it and see how it goes. Then we started seeing results within the first week. Our desire grew stronger and stronger, week by week to continue to lose weight. Now we are 100lbs lighter as a couple and the greatest success of our journey is that we are doing this together. We are supporting each other through our good days and bad. That is the whole purpose of us telling our story and creating this platform to give each other support in our journey to a heathier version of ourselves. Its never to late to start.
Matt and I married two years ago. When we got married I was 3 months postpartum from having our son. I was almost 40, overweight (for the last 16 years) and just wasn’t as thin as I wish I could have been (wishful thinking). I knew I wanted to start losing weight after our son’s birth, but the excuses kept getting in the way. Through a non-related program I was given access to a therapist for about 6 months. I gained insight into my thought process about myself. Working from home for the last year and a half has been a challenge for me as it allows more time for me to get lost in my thoughts (I’m an overthinker as it is). I thought a lot about where I was in life and if there was anything I could change. Approaching 40 I knew it was probably time to get a thorough checkup and that may be a good place to start (My Health). While there I asked the doctor if they had any weight loss programs they could suggest. She let me know they had an inhouse weight loss clinic. Without knowing anything about the program I made the appointment for Matt and I. If I was going to do this so was he. I thought it would help having both of us on the plan. We ended up signing up for Moxifit on the spot. The only thing we thought we’d lose, if it didn’t work, would be our money. I needed a reset at that moment. I was tired of being tired. I was the only one holding me back and I am the only one that can change that. I am just beginning my life with Matt and I want to be around for as long as I can to enjoy our life together with our family.
Through these last 12 weeks I’ve come to understand it’s all a mental game and I realize now that the work I put in with the therapist helps me everyday to know that I am worth the fight and the opportunities that come with a healthier lifestyle. My only regret so far has been “why did I wait so long?”. My message to you if you are on the fence is…Don’t Weight for It!