I was looking at old photos over the weekend. I also recently wrote out my weight loss history for paperwork I had to complete for the National Weight Control Registry. I have been thinking about what has made the difference this time in my weight loss efforts and success.
This is one of the photos I came across this weekend. It was taken at my graduation from The University of Michigan in 1996.
This photo is from this summer.
I weigh just about the same in both photos but I can see a difference in my appearance. Of course I am older in the last photo. My hair is much better in the earlier photo. But what I really notice is the difference in my face as well as the rest of my body. (That is a bit easier to tell from other photos I came across from the time period.) I am in much better shape now and I attribute that to a better diet and to exercise. In that round of graduate school I drank coffee constantly, lived on Cottage Inn pizza, pasta, and other not so great food choices. I thought I didn’t have time to eat right. I spent hours in class, working two jobs, and in the lab. I didn’t exercise much besides walking to class or across campus occasionally. Now my diet consists of fruits and vegetables, protein, limited pasta and breads, and I am working on cutting back on my coffee/caffeine consumption. I also work out 5-6 times a week, even with one foot in a cast. My health is much better than it was in 1996. I no longer take medications besides vitamins. I don’t have sleep apnea. My stomach isn’t a constant mess. I loved living in Ann Arbor and being at Michigan but life is just generally better now that I have changed my habits and have become healthier. As I told my cousin earlier today, I think we are aging well. By making the right choices, I’ve changed my life.