Bill Lost Weight Before — Now He’s Starting Over
2020 has been a mad rush. And for many of us, healthy eating, exercise, and self-care habits have been derailed.
If you feel ready to get back on the right track, we are with you. Three members of our editorial team are making big changes for the new year and they offered to take us on the tour. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be following Laura as she lets go of her sugar habit and relaunch her fitness routine, and cheer on our dynamic duo, Bill and Mark, as they work hard to lose weight and improve. their health. Here is a healthier 2021!
By Bill Kimm
I have to start over.
It was so hard to come to terms with. To say that I am disappointed in myself would be an understatement.
In 2016, I lost 100 pounds. I was a runner – dozens of 5k and 10k, six half marathons, then a marathon. I was in good shape. I was thin. I was in my 40s and in the best health of my adult life. I was determined that there was no way I was going back to the old me; it was who I wanted to be. But I am lazy. I stopped recording every bite. I started to find excuses to skip races and workouts. Desserts and sweets have become the norm again. And then a pandemic hit, and all the good habits I had left behind were thrown out the window.
It was a gradual gain, but here I am, in early 2021, weighing over 250 pounds and barely able to run 2 miles (when 3 and over was a light day). It’s a hard pill to swallow, but – I have to start over.
As I struggle with another chapter of my life on weight loss / “It’s time to get in shape” I tried to reflect on why this happened, how it happened and what lessons I can apply to my trip this time around.
1. Accept my new reality (and agree with it). When I told my mom that I had failed, she quickly replied, “You didn’t fail, you just – took a step back. It happens. ”She’s right. I’m not a failure. What I accomplished in my forties – I’m in awe of myself! I took a break and there is nothing wrong with it The sooner I stop fighting and accept where I am, the easier it will be for me to regain my self-discipline.
2. The mind is more important than the physical. It’s natural and very easy to fall into a funk and even get depressed when you realize you’ve backed down. Most of my clothes don’t fit anymore; I am out of breath more easily; I have body aches that I didn’t used to have; I see myself in pictures and I am disgusted; and the heaviest burden: I am disappointed in myself. All of these thoughts and realities lead me back to horrible habits and bad food choices. If I want to be healthy again, I first need to focus and improve my mental and emotional health.
3. I have the answer key. This is possibly the biggest achievement and it helps me with # 1 and # 2. I’ve done this before. I know how to eat well; I know how to exercise; I know what to expect when I go for a run for the first time; I know what a 1,700 calorie diet looks and feels like. I’m not going to this blind; I know what worked for me and what didn’t. I enter this with a huge advantage!
4. I have an exciting and fun responsibility. Sharing my journey on this blog will allow me to stay focused. But even better, I have my friend, colleague and fellow blogger Mark Spoor as a friendly competition. There will be some good-humored trashy speeches, but there will also be much needed support and encouragement from someone going through similar experiences. The challenges are always easier when someone is with you on the ride.
I have to start over. As hard as it is to say, this is my reality and I accept it. Let the weight loss and fitness journey begin (again)!
Bill is the Senior Director of Funded Content Strategy for WebMD. He has been trying to find a balance with his weight, exercise and general well-being for over 15 years. As he approaches 50, Bill understands how important it is to maintain good, healthy habits and take better care of yourself. He has the support of his wife and two children (aged 22 and 15) and hopes this blog humanizes the struggles of weight loss in middle age and offers hope to others who live. the same thing. To learn more about his career, follow him on Instagram
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