A Different Kind of Milestone

This week marks two years since I began my journey for health & wellness. If you recall, back in 2011 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and High Cholesterol and weighed over 400lbs. Since that time I’ve lost over 200lbs, kept it off, and resolved all of my health problems. I was able to accomplish this through diet, exercise, and the use of modern medical technology (weight loss surgery). I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of this accomplishment and how thankful I am to have my life back on track.

When you’re overweight it’s hard to be self-aware of your situation. After all, we look in the mirror and (usually) see what we want to see. I never saw a 400lbs man looking back at me. Sure, I noticed that I had put on a little bit of weight, but never thought it was that bad. Oftentimes it takes a serious wake-up call or a cataclysmic event to snap us out of our delusional state of mind and make us see ourselves for what and who we really are. My moment of clarity came when an obnoxious doctor screamed out my medical problems down a hallway to one of his nurses. At the time I was alone in the exam room, and hearing this news while in this state of isolation, for whatever reason, snapped me into a state of both panic and determination that I’ve yet to let go of to this day.

I’ve had my share of ups and down over the past year, including losing two of my closest relatives and confidants, my grandmothers. Even through all of the trials and tribulations, I never lost my focus. I never reverted back to old & unhealthy habits to help counter the pain. I was able to funnel my angst and my anger through new and healthier channels. I worked and trained hard for months on end, and finally finished a half marathon race (13.1 miles). The best part is that I did it for me. I realize now that I’m worth it. I know that life is worth living and that I should make the most of this privilege every single day.

No matter what your situation. Whether it’s obesity, drugs, alcohol, or whatever… You ARE NOT alone. You ARE good enough, and dammit YOU’RE WORTH IT. I say this a lot when speaking to fellow weight loss journeymen… Taking the first step onto the right path is always the hardest, and yes, you’re going to fall off the path now and again. What matters is how and if you pick yourself back up. This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Struggles like these are life-long and we have to fight them day in and day out. At the end of the day it’s up to you who’s left standing. Nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself… NOTHING.

Justin Seeley is a graphic designer, author, and online content creator. His work can be seen on platforms such as LinkedIn Learning, Lynda.com, CreativeLIVE, and Pluralsight. Justin loves helping both individuals and businesses reach their professional goals through education, creative services, and social content strategy.

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