“Knowing better does not automate the process of doing better. Knowing better creates the opportunity for you to CHOOSE better.” ~Eric & Maleka Beal
When most people are the butt of a joke, they get angry. I got motivated. I had no idea I was 400lbs. Thoughts of dying raced through my mind. “There are a thousand ways a 35 year old, obese man could die. The only question was, what WOULD I do to change it?” Did I say obese? …Yep, OBESE. Both of us.
That was my tipping point. Tipping point, by definition, is when small things make a big difference. We go through life asking God questions but many times, we find ourselves not willing to accept His response. Even after losing my mother to colon cancer, I still refused to acknowledge the answers that were right in front of my face!
Maleka and I continued going about our everyday lives unwilling to see the bigger picture. That bigger picture was us. (It WAS a really BIG picture!) The bigger picture was our boys, our family, our quality of life, and our future. What kind of future would we have if we continued our bad eating habits, being inactive, and simply, just not focused on changing anything about ourselves.
Well, we are forever grateful to the nurses who laughed. They inspired me to go home, share my experience with my wife, and motivate her to get in this game with me. Just like the movie Bad Boys, we ride together, we die together. We were committed to this journey and have only looked back to appreciate how far we’ve come.
At the end of the day, WE ALL KNOW WHAT TO DO to lose weight. THAT’S NOT ENOUGH! We need to know & understand the why and how…why can’t I eat all foods…fried? Why is it not a good idea to eat fast food everyday? How can I or why should I get active? How or what causes me to gain or lose weight? How can I eat the foods that I want AND get healthy?
These were the questions we asked. These are the questions we answered. They say a picture is worth a thousand words…well, for us, our pictures are at least worth 300 lbs!!!! …Welcome to BetterChoices! Enjoy the journey!
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