Glad I was fat. Learning to live healthy

healthy-livingIt may shock you that I am glad that I was over weight and obese.  Where would I be today if I never had been fat.  I would be a skinny sick person who was living an unhealthy lifestyle.  Not to say that all naturally thin people live like this, but I know that I would have.  If I just had the natural metabolism to keep me looking thin I would be eating much less healthy food and other stuff like that. 

I think that being in the position that I would die if I didn’t lose the weight really turned my life around health wise.  My cholesterol went from 305 or so to 151 in just one year.  I never would have changed that if I didn’t have to lose weight.  I never would have finished a marathon if I didn’t first start running to burn some calories.  Who knows, if I was thin I wouldn’t have even thought it necessary to burn a few extra calories.

So maybe all the horror and sadness that went with being obese helped me out in a way.  Now I am on my way to living so much healthier in all aspects of life.  I am in great shape now.  I am looking lean.  The doctor says everything is A-OK.  The chewing thing is becoming a thing of the past.  I don’t drink anymore.  I exercise regularly and make it a part of my life that I partake with my wife.

So for today at least, I am looking at my past as a blessing in disguise.

11 Responses to “Glad I was fat. Learning to live healthy”

  1. March 9, 2009 at 3:41 am

    This is really a great post and one that I must agree with. I will ever be grateful for what being overweight has taught me. I hope that I will ALWAYS remember where I came from.

    I reached a BIG milestone today. One year off Soda. Wahoooo!! I’m on my way to making it two years now.

    Have a blessed week.


  2. 3 RobFitness
    March 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I too also feel blessed to have been extremely fat. I have learned so much about eating and exercise that I probably wouldn’t have attempted to learn if I was raised as a skinny boy 🙂 Plus I also would have never met some great people like yourself and some other great fellow bloggers. I love and enjoy what I have gone through even though there has and will continue to be some tough times ahead. Have a awesome day ahead, my friend…

  3. 5 Teresa
    March 9, 2009 at 9:37 am

    It is so important to focus on the things that we learn from the hard parts and difficult situations of our life. I love this post. It is so easy to focus on the negative and the have-nots, but so important to see the good in even those things that don’t seem good at the time. Thanks for putting me in a grateful frame of mind today!

    • 6 run4change
      March 9, 2009 at 9:40 am

      You’re welcome Teresa. I hope that you have a wonderful day. Thanks for your comment

  4. March 9, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    It’s like a gift from God. I have learned a lot too, but it’s hard to appreciate it right now.

  5. March 10, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I am SO with you on this!! If I hadn’t struggled with my weight, I’d never consider it important to eat healthy, balanced meals, stop when I’m full, exercise, etc. It’s been such a gift in disguise. For all the times I wished I could eat like my thin friends and not gain weight, I should remember to be thankful for the lessons I’ve learned that they’ll NEVER learn (or only learn when their metabolism slows down later in life, hehe).

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