When I began my weight loss journey in early 2010, it was triggered by vanity. Thankfully over time, it shifted from vanity to sanity with a side of vanity. I say thankfully, as it's my much-improved health and energy levels from losing 130 pounds that have been the main motivator to keep the weight off. Sure, looking more youthful and not having a protruding gut serves as further motivation to keep it off. But as they say, health is truly wealth.
In a recent workshop based on the Heart and Stroke Foundation Make Health Last Video. I asked the MODA membership: "What does make health last mean to you?" Here's what they shared with the group:
Be an active part of my children's lives.
I want to avoid the healthcare system.
Keep up with my wife.
Continue to enjoy doing all the things I love to do.
Avoid being a burden in the last ten years.
More travel and adventure.
To collect (fully) my pension
To see my children thrive in life, and as parents.
I want to live rather than exist.
Being fully mobile.
Be physically and mentally active for as long as I can.
Looking forward to getting older not regretting it.
To pursue new passions with vigor and vitality
A feeling of wellness until the end.
BY Tony Vassallo
In 2010, Tony was 37 years old, morbidly obese, with a host of medical issues: Type II diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, gout, joint pain, constant indigestion and acid reflux. Simple tasks like putting on socks, climbing a flight of stairs, fitting into an airplane seat or restaurant booth and getting out of bed were big challenges for him.
He lost 130 pounds in 2010-11 and has kept it off ever since. When he changed his lifestyle, the many medical issues he suffered—all of them—vanished.
Contact Tony: Tony@ModaNutrition.con