Because up until January 2009, I was in that group of people that was 100 pounds or more overweight. And I decided to do something about it. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself. My name is Rick Smith. I was a pretty skinny kid growing up. (That's me in the black and white picture. I'm the good lookin' one on the left.<g>) And when I got married in 1979 I was 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 180 pounds. I was able to eat anything I wanted to and I really didn’t have to worry too much about my weight.
After I got married I found out about good Southern cooking (my wife is from the South) and I started packing on the pounds. Plus, I was in business for myself in the mid 90s. I was working a lot of late nights and I wasn’t eating correctly. Part of it was the Southern food. Part of it was junk food. Part of it was lack of exercise.
Add to that the late nights, and you have a recipe for some serious weight gain. As the kids came along, there was additional stress. We had a business fail and a couple of kids had some serious health challenges. So all of this just added to the stress. This made it easier to use food as a crutch and to use it as an addiction to self-medicate.
As a result of all of that, by 2009 I had ballooned up to 333 pounds. I was no longer just overweight.I was what doctors call “morbidly obese.” Here's what I looked like in 2008. (That's me with the circle around my head.) And here’s the worst part. I wasn’t doing anything to resolve the situation and I didn’t really care.
We’d had various types of exercise equipment but I never did anything with any of it. Then one morning in January 2009 I woke up and told myself, “Today’s the day to start getting your health under control.” I don’t know why I had that thought. It was like something snapped inside of me and I knew I had to get serious about my health. I started pretty slow. I started by walking on the treadmill. I was so out of shape I couldn’t do a mile in 20 minutes on the treadmill.
I also began to set some small goals to get my health under control. The next step was to begin controlling my portion size. I didn’t really worry too much about what I was eating at this point. I just began controlling my portions. My wife and I did that by buying nine inch plates. Then we ate only one serving from that nine inch plate.
It just continued from there. I began tracking what I was eating (and I continue to do so today). I began learning about proper nutrition. And that in itself is somewhat odd because my stepmom is a registered dietician. I grew up eating proper, nutritious meals. And yet, I had to relearn how to eat properly. That’s a rather sad verdict on me. I obviously didn’t pay attention all those years ago. As I began to learn about proper nutrition, I began to set better goals. I became much more conscious of what I put in my mouth. If I ate something unhealthy I knew I had to do something to counteract what I’d eaten.
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