Simple Diet Changes Helped Me Lose 25 Pounds and Get Back in Shape
Christopher Morales lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he works with the police department. With the birth of his second son, Morales realized how stress eating had left him overweight and lethargic. Here, in his own words, he explains how he turned things around.
Becoming a new dad, as just about anyone can tell you, is stressful. My wife and I had two baby boys in a pretty quick timeframe, and I started eating my emotions. It was a lot of fast food on an irregular schedule, and I wasn’t getting much activity. My clothes didn’t fit and I didn’t want to go to family events because I just wasn’t happy. I knew I was overweight; I felt so tired and sluggish all the time. I was only 25, but I had high cholesterol and high blood pressure. My doctor said I was borderline diabetic.
That went on for about three years. A month after my second son was born, I was scrolling through pictures on my phone. I saw pictures of me and didn’t recognize myself—I looked so unhappy. I had known for a long time that I had gained weight, and I got to a point where I avoided the scale and mirrors. I knew I needed to do something, but I didn’t know where to start.
My parents were longtime WW members, and when I talked to them about wanting to lose weight and get healthier, they offered to pay for my first month. I figured I couldn’t lose with that. Once I got started, I found it really worked for me. It helped me eat healthy and feel energized. As time went on I got less focused on the number on the scale, and more on just living a healthy lifestyle.
What really surprised me was the change in my mentality. I’d been depressed about my weight, but that didn’t come to light until I started working on it. Workshops and training gave me the perspective to really think about some of the decisions in my life. That gave me confidence, too. At the beginning, the thought of joining a gym caused me so much anxiety. Once I started seeing results, I could walk in and join a group fitness class. It seems simple, but that was a huge accomplishment for me, just feeling comfortable. And now the gym is like my second home.
It took me five months to get to my goal weight; I lost a total of 23 pounds. Friends and family really noticed, which helped me realize just how far I’d come. Today, I feel ready to conquer any goal I set, mentally or physically. Up next, I’m planning to train for and run my first 5K.
This wasn’t a quick fix—it was a lifestyle change. Anyone looking to change, I hope they think of it that way. I still eat wings and beer on Sundays while watching football, but I’ve definitely changed my life. We only get one body, and I’m committed to taking care of mine as best I can. For anyone on the fence about making a change to get healthy, I say just do it.
—As told to Jesse Hicks
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