I would describe myself as a "passionate engineer" (Principle of Passion), solving both my own problems and those of others. This Service mentality drives me to diligently focus on a task until it's done and done well, and I am uncomfortable with distractions and slackers. I like to enjoy real life, to dive in and recreate. Yet, on a recent hunting trip, when it was time to drag the deer from the forest on a sled (almost ¾ of a mile), the effort was just too much. That was it – I realized that I had become the real problem, and I decided not to live like that any more. It was time to 'solve' myself.
My family is always Number One. Raising children, coping with job stresses, and volunteering helped me block out my increasing weight over the last 12 years. My wife, Simone, having grown up in the French countryside, often reminded me that I wasn't eating well, and provided nutritious meals, but I added plenty of 'extras'. My thoughts, at that time, were "I can take care of this later." Then, later arrived. That bright, cold morning in the forest was my epiphany. I was tired of dodging family photos, clothes that wouldn't fit and making excuses. At this point, I realized that I had used unhealthy foods for comfort to cope with age and family losses, and I promised myself that I wasn't going to do this anymore. It was now time to focus on my health and loose the extra weight. It would take a real jolt, and a sustained effort. I wanted both.
I had always tried to maintain or lose weight slowly but inconsistently, with improvised diet and exercise. This time, I would need help – a real, supervised program, my first. Simone came across an ad for 7Company® Weight Loss and Wellness. We came to an information session, and then did our homework. Our research found that this program was safe and effective, yet different than others. The rules really are simple and strict, and if you follow them, you'll lose weight. There is a defined beginning, middle and end. You will get hungry, but you'll also learn that you can become accustomed to 900 calories per day, and you will reach your target weight if you don't cheat! Then you can recover with a clear conscience, and stay healthy. I am enjoying exercise again, and feeling strong and focused, not tired, weak, and a burden.
During my four months on this program, I've stayed strong, built up more muscle that I can see and feel and lost 45 lbs. I no longer have problems lifting, my clothes fit and I no longer avoid being in the family photos. I have my life back. Go get yours!