Start Somewhere Works!
Here is an interesting START SOMEWHERE! This story made me misty eyed! Pasquale “Pat” Brocco, age 31, changed his mindset and the trajectory of his life three years ago without spending a lot of extra money. His nickname went from being “Fat Pat” to “Possible Pat.” Warned by his doctor that his life was in dire danger due to his weight of 605 pounds, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, Pat went home and took a photo of himself. After this self-examination, he told ABC News, “My stomach was down to my thighs. My chest was down here (pointing to his stomach). I was disgusted.”
Pat decided to walk one mile to the closest Walmart every time he was hungry and then back home to eat his meal. Initially, he lost over 200 pounds in less than two years. “Walking to Walmart three times a day and you end up walking six miles. I never walked six miles in my life and I was doing it everyday.” The weight began pouring off and he began to feel better. With this increased energy, he began eating more nutrient-rich foods like sweet potatoes, vegetables, quinoa, lean meats and steel-cut oatmeal.
As he logged more miles walking to Walmart, he strength and endurance increased. And, his confidence increased. Initially, Pat would have never gone to the gym for two possible reasons: he was embarrassed and he wouldn’t fit into the machines. First he STARTED SOMEWHERE on the incline of the treadmill and then began lifting weights. Having now lost more than 300 pounds, he has recently had about 30 pounds of excess skin removed.
Before his weight loss, his calorie count per day was around 11,200. It typically included two liters of soda (over 800 calories) and a package of peanut butter cups. Now his eating plan totals about 2,250 calories a day is mostly void of processed sugar and includes two gallons of water.
Pat changed his mindset, started walking, and changed his life. “Possible Pat’s” journey to health is an inspiration to us all! Start somewhere works!
My Mental Checklist for my START SOMEWHERE RESET:
- Put the good in first: Each day, it is on my mind to make sure that I give my body at least four servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit. I can’t believe it, but I’m actually started to crave big salads!
- Water before coffee or green tea: Although this is on my checklist, it hasn’t yet become habit. I still wake up looking forward to something warm but I know pure water is the best thing to put in first!
- Accountability logs for food and movement: If you want to think about what you eat, get an accountability partner! My eating has certainly improved since I’ve been showing you what I’ve been eating on Thursday’s blog post. The same is true for exercise; it pains me to tell you that I did “nothing but sit!”
- Time outside: This is still sporadic, especially on work days. I leave for work about 6:30 a.m., which is such a beautiful time of day in the summer. Some work evenings, I don’t get to enjoy time outside but I make up for it on the weekends. I’ll work on this one!
- Sleep hygiene: There’s much improvement in this area! It is so easy to be sleep deprived and just keep going. We have gotten into a pretty good groove of heading to bed at 9:00 p.m. The intention of planning is the key for me. I start to “unplug” about 8:00.
There are several areas that I still need to concentrate on, including strengthening my core and getting into a stretching routine. Starting somewhere really works!
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad (From Two Peas & Their Pod)
What you will need:
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 avocados, pitted, and chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tablespoons green onion
- 1/3 cup feta cheese
- Juice of 1 lime
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
Here’s the drill: It’s so easy!
In a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, avocado, cilantro, green onion, feta cheese, and lime juice. Stir until mixed well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve. (And enjoy!)
I believe that self control is like a muscle. The key for me is having a plan in place so that willpower is not as important. Like a muscle, it can get fatigued. That’s why START SOMEWHERE works so well! It’s great to start low and go slow. Start with a picture in mind of where you want to be or how you want to feel. Then add one or two changes at a time until they are automatic. I’ve been reading one chapter each night in Proverbs on the corresponding date of the chapter number. Here’s a verse that was especially meaningful to me yesterday:
“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”