I’ve been reading Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy, and I am enjoying it, despite the fact that it is quite challenging. It’s an ideal book to read if you feel as though you have been drifting through life and need help to reach your goals, or set new ones.
The first step of course is to realize where you are at present, and then set out a plan to move from there.
Just under two years ago, I had quite a severe shake up when I landed in the emergency department at the local hospital.
My blood pressure was up in the clouds, and I was suffering other problems as well.
I stood on the scales and the nurse just shook her head and said “not good, not good at all”. Of course, I already knew that it wasn’t good – I was the one standing in a hospital gown wondering where do we go from here.
Two Weight Loss Secrets!
Of course, I knew where I had to go from there, and from that night a new plan evolved, and has continued to this day.
Since that night, I have lost around 44 pounds, and am continuing to lose weight using two simple secrets:
Eat Less, Move More!
Of course, there are other factors as well, including the type of food consumed, how often it’s eaten, and at what time of the night or day!
I’ve cut out all added sugar, slashed my bread consumption by two thirds, and switched to black coffee (a cappuccino or flat white is equivalent to a small meal!).
And I always eat the protein portion of my meals first, which tends to fill me faster than carbohydrates.
As well as losing the weight, I have gone down three trouser sizes, my cholesterol levels are perfect, and my blood sugar levels are right back down (I had one doctor tell me that I was pre-diabetic, and that I would be on medication sooner rather than later).
For years I’d used the excuse that I had glandular trouble (and I have – I had to have my thyroid gland removed 24 years ago). But the main glandular trouble that I’d experienced was the reaction of my taste buds…
Anyway, that’s my story, and I’ve included it in my post as an inspiration for anyone else who lands in a similar predicament. Please note though that you should see your health professional before embarking on any drastic changes. This post is in no way intended to pass as professional advice!
What does this all have to do with Living Forward?
A lot, you see, I didn’t get to be overweight overnight. I’d been enjoying a few more beers than I should’ve, hadn’t been exercising, and had been eating too much, too often!
In short, I’d been drifting!
So the book “Living Forward” has been a confirmation for me that as far as my health was concerned, I’ve gotten back on the right track.
And the book is also an encouragement to set new plans in other areas as well, including work, and relationships.
Setting goals, and living with purpose have brought new hope to me, and I’m now enjoying the journey a lot more!
Published by Baker, “Living Forward” is available from Amazon and all good book stores!