I Lost 75 Pounds by Focusing on My Emotional Health
Here’s how I got on top of my health for the first time in my life.
I was always on the big side of the spectrum. It runs in my family’s genetics, and I’ve always loved food. When I was little, I was active enough in playing with my friends and biking around the neighborhood that it didn’t really matter that much, but as I got older and more sedentary, weight started piling on slowly but surely. And when I went through a 3-year depression cycle from 19–22 years old, it got really bad.
But after five more years (I am 27 now), I’ve finally found the key to living a healthy life with a body that matches. And the things I’ve learned along the way have totally changed my view of health and wellness.
I’m not done losing weight yet, but the changes so far have been staggering already. I’ve felt it in every aspect of my life!
Here’s My Secret
I always found it amusing, as someone who has lost weight multiple times in his life, how others always seem to ask the same question: “What’s your secret?” As if weight is this mysterious black box and that you need to ascertain an esoteric key to this box in order to lose weight and be healthy.
But I’ll tell you my secret(s).
There are two things that have lead to my weight loss: letting go of judgements about my body and weekly cognitive/emotional therapy.
Judgement is the Enemy of Progress
I can tell you the exact moment my weight loss journey began. It was night time in March 2021. I don’t remember the exact day, but I had just taken a shower and decided to look at myself in my full-body mirror wearing nothing but underwear. I was about 315 pounds, the heaviest I’d ever been.
For some reason, in that moment, I decided to do something radical: I told myself (and my body) that I was good enough. I remember speaking out loud, directly addressing my body, and telling my body that it was good enough and I was done judging and criticizing it.
That was day 1 of my weight loss journey. Nothing I’ve accomplished since then would have been possible without that moment.