I’m overweight. Can you relate? I didn’t think I’d end up this way, but I did, and I don’t like it. Therefore, I have a mindset to lose weight this year, and you can, too.

Besides wanting to look better, my main weight loss goal is to be able to fit back into the clothes I used to wear, of which I have so many just taking up shelf space in the closet. My whole wardrobe was XL until I gained enough weight to warrant XXL. Do you know how hard it is to find stylish clothes once you go past XL?

The fatter I got the harder it was to do things I used to do. For instance, just walking up a staircase I find myself huffing and puffing and out of breath. Meanwhile, at night I have to sleep with a sleep apnea machine on my face to help me breath. It’s a cumbersome, annoying piece of equipment that I didn’t have to use when I was skinnier.

The bigger you are, the more stress you put on your body’s joint bones. The more your joints hurt, the less you want to move, so it makes exercising harder to do. Eventually, I **could** get osteoarthritis if I don’t lose weight. I don’t want that.

Furthermore, by losing weight I’ll be less likely to get gum, nose, and stomach infections. My feet won’t hurt. I’ll taste foods better. My immune system will be robust. I’ll ideally have less aches and pains. And, God-willing, I won’t feel so doggone tired all the time!

So how am I losing weight, down to 255 pounds from 262 a few weeks ago? I’m taking an incremental approach to weight loss. I am not denying myself treats that I enjoy eating or drinking, but I am consuming less of those things. For example, instead of drinking 6 cans of Pepsi a day, I might have 6 cans of Pepsi a week. For some people, you’d say “That’s still too much,” but, hey, it’s a major deal for me to accomplish, so I’m proud of myself. Meanwhile, I am drinking more water than before, so that helps quench my thirst. As for food, I’m eating more vegetables than I used to, and eating less junk food/snacks.

I don’t know about you, but for some reason I have a hard time motivating myself to exercise. The ONLY way I will do so is by paying someone to “train” me, which is really just an expensive (but working) way to force myself to actually exercise at least once a week. Hey, exercising once a week with a trainer is better than not exercising at all. And here’s the thing: my trainer has me using proper form and doing the kinds of exercises that get results. I don’t want to brag, but I’m looking toned and buff. It’s amazing what proper guidance can do to get you some visual results in the gym, even with as little as a half hour workout each week.

I like being part of “The Health Family” Dr. Chris Barker talks about on his video on the main page of his site. Furthermore, I like looking over his shop for supplements that can help me lose weight this year; you can too: