Okay, so I’ll admit – that title is a “reel them in” type headline. For years, I’ve looked for the solution. Pills, shakes, fads, etc, and would you believe that NONE of them worked?
People put stickers on the arm, people spend thousands on specially formulated shakes, people spend even more on devices that make it all easy. And the sad reality is that some truly believe that if they just pop a pill, put a sticker on their arm, or drink a special shake, that the weight will come off without any effort, and it will stay off forever.
I know, because I have been there, and bought the XXXL t-shirt.
When I got out of college and took my first job as a teacher and coach, I survived off eating Doritos and Totinos pizzas. I ballooned up to some awful weight, and then discovered ephedrine. It was in ALL the diet pills. And you know what? It worked, and it worked well. At that time, I weighed around 265, and dropped down to 190, which was my high school weight.
But the more I read about ephedrine, the more I realized it was a simply awful pill. So I stopped taking it. And with that, all the weight slowly crept back on. No, it wasn’t overnight, it took about the same amount of time it took for it to come off. But it came back, and then some.
And for the past 17 years, I’ve tried to replicate that success with varying degrees – all without victory. Arbonne, Advocare, drinking shakes, exercise only, the list goes on and on. But nothing worked. I even tried joining a very expensive weight loss support group, but found the support highly lacking, and they really just cared about getting my money.
Part of that was my attitude toward food. I simply LOVE to eat. Pizza? Yes. Cheeseburgers? Yes. Chicken tenders? Yes. French Fries? Yes please! Mexican food of all types? OH YES! I could down baskets of chips, then eat everything on my plate.
But you know what else I had? Stomach and digestive issues. I’d fill myself up, and feel awful, bloated, sick to my stomach. Me and Mr. Toilet were best friends. And I began to creep up and up in my weight.
It wasn’t just that either? My confidence was completely shot. My self esteem was at an all time low. My mental clarity was non-existent. And when I checked the scales and I had climbed up to 315 big ones – I wept at what I had become, and knew something had to be done.
So here’s what I did. I started off with prayer. WHAT? Prayer can’t help you lose weight can it? But here’s the catch – I didn’t pray for me to lose 100 pounds. I prayed for my mindset to change. I prayed for willpower to say no. And I did this for a few weeks before I even started.
On August 7, I began my transformation. After many weeks of prayer and prep, I decided to do the Keto based diet. In essence, it is highly restrictive in the amount of carbs you can have, and dependent on healthy fats and protein to fill you up. I had seen some lasting success in others who had done it, and from what I read, seemed like it was something I could do.
That Wednesday, I actually had a speaking engagement in Winterhaven, FL. I was successful during the day, and left Tampa around 4pm to make it to the church in Winterhaven. Typically when I speak somewhere, i’ll grab something to eat in the car on the way home. So this was my first test.
I remember thinking – “Oh well, Lane. You gave it your best shot, but it’s just not practical to stop eating fast food burgers and fries, because you’re just in the car too much and traveling too much.” I drove for about 25 minutes fighting that conversation. And then it hit me – this is what I had been praying for! I change of heart. Willpower.
I went home, and at 9pm or so, sat down to a Keto approved meal. And the rest is history.
I’ve not cheated once since then.
At first, I was doing Keto and strict calorie counting. As I have moved on, I have swapped calorie counting for full satiation. I’m not going nuts on the calories, but I walk away feeling full.
If we do fast food – burger without a bun, no fries. Steak places are easy, with broccoli, salad, and a big steak. Chicken for days, so long as it’s not breaded. Cheese and more cheese please. I’ve eaten more salads, more cruciferous veggies, and more pieces of meat than I ever thought possible.
I also began doing intermittent fasting – a method of restrictive eating based on time. My last meal is dinner, and I’ll not eat breakfast, with usually at least a 15 or 16 hour break of not eating until lunch.
All of these things have worked. Since August of 2019, I am down from 315 pounds to a still not so great but much better 274 pounds. 41 pounds of weight loss.
But I don’t give the credit to keto or intermittent fasting. I give the credit to God giving me the willpower that I prayed for and believed I would receive.
For those of you who know me well, or at least knew me well before I did this – I did NOT eat well at all. Especially on my veggies. But here’s a plate of food that I ate the other night, and I devoured it:
If you’re struggling with your weight – please, STOP looking for the easy fix. And also PLEASE understand that this is your life you’re dealing with. You have one body, and that’s it. My goal weight now is 225. Who knows? Maybe I can even beat that.
But even if I don’t — I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER ALREADY! No more bloat, no more stomach issues, and no more 30 minute trips to restroom.
I hope you find what you’re looking for. Listen – will this end in demise or success? I know what I want, but I also know it will only be as successful as the effort I put into it. I hope you find your motivation, and I hope I maintain mine.