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6 Months And 50 Pounds Later

A story of health, wellness, and weight loss

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A few months ago, I promised that I would update my readers on my weight loss journey on a regular basis. I recently hit day number 180, so I figured it would be a great time to let everyone know about how my progress is going.

I can say without a shadow of a doubt, that I never imagined that I would be anywhere near the weight that I am back at today. Considering all the factors that make it an uphill struggle, I believe that it is incredible that I have lost 50 lbs. over the past 6 months. For the longest time, my weight range was stuck in the 290’s. Today, I am steady at around 242 lbs. While I am still considered quite overweight, that may not be that way for much longer.

My goals continue to be met week after week. I am under my calorie goals each and every day and I am walking a minimum of 5 miles, every single day. Often times I am even finding the energy to walk much more too. Often times, I am reaching 7 or 8 miles when time allows. Steps per day are ranging between 14,000 and 20,000. The timing of realizing that has been great, considering that I just recently read some articles that discussed the reality of step counts, and the fact that the more and more steps taken per day, the better and better our heart health, and longevity of life likely is.

A lot of the facts revolving around this journey of mine, involve physical health, heart health, and another condition called Metabolic Syndrome. What that really is, is a collective group of health issues, all together at the same time. Those include high cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, blood pressure, and of course, obesity. Clearly all extremely risky symptoms, and all eventually lead into more and more problems. My blood work 12 months ago was pretty bad, and my second blood work 5 months ago was darn right horrific.

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My doctor could have just prescribed me, yet more medications to treat all of this, but both her and I felt that we should see how things change with continuous weight loss. Even if weight loss made things improve very slowly, that still would be the best route to continue.

Well, my bloodwork 2 weeks ago came back with such sharp and strong improvements, that for a minute, we joked that I must have stolen someone’s blood. However in all seriousness, my bloodwork showed all those issues from just a half a year ago, to be gone. Every category that was tested came back almostly perfectly normal. All ranges around mid range. It was a great moment for me, to see that and then realize just how incredible, good diet and exercise improves our overall health.

I’m tracking my health, keeping my portions in check, keeping my eating habits in check, and at day # 180, it was a timely moment to be 50 lbs lighter, than I was last spring. While many have blamed the pandemic for weight gain, I kept away from that conjured up excuse, and took an opposite advantage of the down time of this world’s pandemic. With all the extra time in the world, why not utilize it, to change one’s health from bad to great.

This may sound like a cliche statement, but it is the hard truth, that if I am able to accomplish something like this, at 43 years old, and on medications I am on which side effect often cause weight gain, than any of you reading are just as capable.

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For those suffering from obesity, I can relate to the difficult struggle it is. I know how it feels, and I know how impossible change can seem. And for outsiders looking in, it can not be so easy as to just “stop.”

The addiction of food, and sugar, and the impossibility of losing pounds can be a very real, and painful reality that is severely impossible to obtain. While it can be quite close to impossible, it really isn’t.

It requires a lot of internal work just as much as outside work. For me, it took years to get here, and when I found myself finally in the groove, I decided to not have a cheat day, for at least 6 or 7 months. But even now, my desire to “cheat” is not nearly as strong as my desire to remain consistent with my continued loss of weight. That is one of the best parts of remaining on a healthy road for a long period of time.

I will once again update everyone further, just like I have continued to do through the many months. It has been a good journey for me, and I have used skills learned in sobriety and recovery, to help me with attacking this health and weight loss. We all have our vices; yet we don’t have to remain imprisoned.

The End…..

MICHAEL PATANELLA

is a Trenton, New Jersey Author, Publisher, Columnist, Editor, Advocate, and recovering addict, covering topics of mental health, addiction, sobriety, mindfulness, self-help, faith, spirituality, Smart Recovery, social advocacy, and countless other nonfiction topics. His articles, publications, memoirs, and stories are geared towards being a voice for the voiceless. Hoping to reach others out there still struggling.

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