I spent a lot of years joking that the mirror hated me or that the scales were off. I weighed more than I was comfortable with and, instead of addressing it, I made excuses and tried to joke it away. But, it only got worse.

The old example of boiling a frog comes to mind here. Apparently, if you put a frog in hot water, it will jump out. However, if you put it in cold water, and slowly raise the temperature, it will boil to death and not know it. I did not realize how uncomfortable I had become because it happened over a long period of time.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew what I needed to do. I knew that I had to take progressive steps to overcome this issue in my life. However, I was unwilling to do so for quite some time. That all changed 68 days ago.

The left is day 68. The right was early this summer.

I am currently down 29 pounds since September 12. There hasn’t been any magic. I started counting calories, and watching my macros. Along with this, I have maintained a very steady exercise routine.

The things I’ve been doing are not complex. They are consistent. That has made all the difference. It took me a long time to gain the weight. I expect it to take a while to get into the shape I want to be. That is OK.

The mirror and the scale are truth tellers. From here on out, I want to live in the truth. It is the better way to be.

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