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My Weight Loss and My Dad

Updated: Sep 8, 2022

As the anniversary of my father’s passing approaches, January 15, 2018, I am saddened. Not just at having lost my Dad, but partly because my father isn’t here to share my weight loss success with me. My Dad was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division in the 1950’s and raised me and my siblings with the saying, “All the Way,” which is the 82nd Airborne Division motto.

I remember being in my dad’s garage cleaning out some of my stuff some years after a divorce. As we rummaged through clothes that no longer fit me, my dad found a pair of underwear with a 32-inch waist. My dad held them up and said, “you’ll never see these days again,” and we both laughed hysterically.

Last week I bought a new pair of jeans with a 31-inch waist. I wish my dad was still here so we could have that hearty laugh again at my having made it back to my high school weight at age 63.

When I took on intermittent fasting on January 15, 2019, I never dreamed I’d be able to lose over 30 pounds in four months. By January 2020, I am in better physical condition than at any other time in my life. At this point in my program, I am not focused on weight loss, per se, but I am striving to get my percentage of body fat to 15%. Again, I don’t know if I’ll get there, but on January 13, 2020, I will embark on another experiment (see blog post below) and shift my diet and exercise program. It’s what the Navy SEAL’s call, the next evolution.

I want you to know that I’m no fitness expert or guru nor am I judging anyone else’s health and fitness journey. I found a weight loss process that worked for me but required a mental and emotional decision to see it through; I knew if I started intermittent fasting, I would have to go All the Way!

As I look back on the past two years, I realize my weight loss transformation really began years ago as I evolved mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. There were life lessons and self-awareness I had to experience before I could have the mental and emotional fortitude to begin my journey to become physically Fit to Survive!

As you may know, I was diagnosed with adult-onset Type II Diabetes in 2000. While I’ve had my ups and down’s over the years with my weight and A1C, you should know I was able to get my A1C from 9.4 to 6.2 by intermittent fasting! My doc was convinced it was Trulicity & metformin, but I didn't get these results until I started fasting Monday-Friday (OMAD).

So, if you’ve been wanting to lose weight for whatever reason but don’t know where to start, check out my blog, and let’s take this journey together. Check-in with me and let me know how I can help you become Fit to Survive your own life!

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