One of the biggest aspects of this health journey has been the ability to recognize which foods are bothering me and which are giving me fuel. Before I started this, I felt bad after almost every meal. I had no energy and fell right into the trap of trying to find quick fixes to boost that energy. A soda, some candy, a candy bar were all options for me to stave off that afternoon nap. What do you think happens when you eat or drink things with tons of sugar? We can all stand up and shout the answer…YOU CRASH! Sure, you may have some moments of energy and fire away on your afternoon work emails, but that goes away very fast. Then what happens? You head to the break room to find another quick fix. And on and on the cycle goes.
Here’s where I’m at right now. I don’t get hungry in terms of those intense, stomach growling hunger pains that used to bother me. When you work through the diet I described in Part 3 your body starts to transition from a sugar burning machine into a fat burning machine. And this is where you want to live!
People a lot smarter than me have written tons of material on eating good fats and staying away from the processed foods that are full of sugar. I’ll give you a few suggestions below as these are some of my favorites and ones that are sitting on my book shelf:
There are also numerous podcasts out there as well, some of them hosted by these guys above, that spend a great deal of time discussing diet and burning fat instead of sugar. Bulletproof Radio and The Doctor’s Farmacy are two of my favorites.
When my body started burning fat I could literally feel the difference inside. Those crazy hunger pains were gone, I could go much longer in between meals (we’ll get into that in an upcoming post), and I was no longer craving candy and soda. It was as if my body completely switched to a different operating mode…because it did!!
You see that silly picture up there? That’s just me having some fun on a recent trip to New York. But, if you’ve been following this series (and if you haven’t get to it!! Haha! I’ll link to the other posts at the bottom) you will remember my picture from Part 1 in which I’m wearing a large shirt and sort of resting my arms on my belly. At that moment I weighed almost 200 pounds (195 to be exact). In the above picture from New York I am wearing a medium shirt and weighing in at a crisp 167. Look how flat my stomach is in the picture!
I share that to just keep it real…I am proud of the hard work I put into this change. I want you to experience the same thing. We are too reliant on bad foods in our diet and it is slowly killing us. We are tired, crabby, and not sleeping well. We get out of breath when we walk upstairs, our clothes don’t fit anymore, and we are losing any sense of self confidence we had before.
All of that, all of it, was me. I am not judging or trying to shame, I’m talking about myself here. And since I’m no longer that person I want to celebrate. And, I want to bring others with me! I could go into 1,000 – 5,000 word essays on the food industry, the American diet, and all that stuff and maybe one day I will. But it honestly doesn’t matter what those jokers do, we can choose to eat differently. I used to pull into McDonald’s but now I just bring some water from home or stop by the juice/smoothie place. Or I could just not eat at all.
So, if you get anything out of this hear this…it takes work but you can do it! Stay tuned for more…
Good food, no sugar and now we are rolling! I really wish I had taken pictures with my shirt off to see the progress but you’ll have to trust me…my body was changing. Plus, I’m not sure I’m willing to put a shirtless picture of myself on the internet these days. Haha!
After 1 week on the diet I described in Part 3, I was down 5 pounds. After 1 month I was down about 12 pounds. But as I’ve mentioned before, I wasn’t just concerned with my weight. I wanted to feel better, to have more energy, and to change my eating habits. I accomplished all of the above and then some!
That guy right there? That’s my granddad, Thomas Webb Sr. I never met him as he passed away before I was born. Why am I showing you a picture of my granddad? Was he some health guru? No, he was probably a normal dude in his day with how he ate and lived. I am showing you his picture because for me this whole thing is about legacy.
We hear people talk about changing their family tree in terms of finances, education, and career tracks. I don’t hear as much conversation about changing our family tree in terms of diet and healthy living. My granddad left a name I can be proud of, a legacy of service and of caring for others. I honor that and cherish the fact that I can hold my head high as a Webb. I want to do the same thing to my family in terms of health.
You see, as the weeks wore on with this diet the hardest thing wasn’t finding the right foods to eat. Its quite easy to order a side salad instead of french fries in terms of that being an option. Its quite challenging to actually want to order a side salad instead of french fries. That side salad got ordered because this thing is much bigger than me.
I touched on this a little bit in Part 1 but want to continue to talk about it because its that important. You need a why…a reason that you are doing this or you will get stuck. Its hard to completely change the way you eat, to change the way you see food, to go against a lot of the ‘common knowledge’ that is out there without a strong sense of purpose. The times when I was sick and tired of eating broccoli were the times I leaned on that purpose. The times when I wanted french fries and a piece of cake are the times I would look at my kids and remember why I was doing this.
You have to identify those things if you are going to push through those moments when it gets challenging. I can take you to the grocery store right now and show you things to buy that can replace what you are currently eating. But, you have to want to do that. You do. You need to make a choice, a decision that you want to improve your health. And when you make that decision, you must have something there that keeps you going.
I didn’t want to get healthy and change my lifestyle so I’d look good with my shirt off. Ok, that will definitely be a perk and make the swimming pool more fun but seriously, its a bigger issue than that. In the next post we’ll continue to talk about my diet and journey but I wanted to spend a few moments on the legacy piece. Thanks for reading and we’ll talk again real soon!