Face it. You’re an Addict.

I’m going to lay some truth down here because I’m a fat guy so I can. Overweight people like myself don’t like to hear the truth sometimes because it hurts especially from skinny in shape people so here it is from a fat guy in recovery. Stop making excuses. You are an addict.

Just like in any recovery programs, dieting and changing your lifestyle is no different. The first step to change is admitting you have a problem and something tells me that if you’re overweight you probably do. The first thing you have to admit to yourself is that you are an addict. You’re addicted to sugar, you’re addicted to fat, and you’re addicted to salt. image

If you don’t believe me go on a diet for a week to 10 days just to start. Those feelings of moodiness and hunger and tiredness in the first week those are called withdrawals. Your body is withdrawing from fat and sugar and salt and whatever other bad things you were putting in it. After your first week or 10 days is up, have a cheat day and see how you feel. You’ll feel almost high and at the same time almost sick because your body is getting these bad things back. That sickness you feel, you were feeling like that every day and didn’t realize it!!

These are things that people don’t want to hear when they are overweight or they are trying the newest fad diet or latest weight loss surgery craze. If you don’t manage your addiction you will never be successful at losing weight. No surgery no supplement and especially no excuse is going to fix that. This is not my first time on this journey. I have lost 100 pounds before but gained it back again twice because I refused to look my addiction to food in the face.

Your body feeds off of sugar and fat because it’s what the body wants, which is why it is so delicious to us and when we have no control, we can’t get enough of it, but you have to admit to yourself that you have a problem if like me you are thinking about Taco Bell for dinner later while you’re at the drive through at In and Out for lunch or a mid day snack.

imageYou know exactly what I’m talking about too. You watch the Food Network like it’s a form of pornography salivating over what you can shove in your face next. You eat a whole box of doughnuts (see photo above) instead of just one as a treat, which is what it actually is.

imageThere’s reason that so many people who undergo weight loss surgery or take weight loss supplements are unsuccessful or are at first successful but then gain all the weight they lost back almost immediately. It’s because these are quick fixes to a serious problem. Weight loss surgery and supplements work, there’s no doubt, but they don’t do it on their own and most people use these as a substitute for hard work and look to these methods to “do the hard work for them”. With surgery it becomes, “well, if I eat something I’m not supposed to or eat too much I’ll get sick” and with supplements it becomes, “well supplement xyz says that it burns the bad food and turns it into magic dust.” Both of these are ways to avoid a difficult conversation with yourself.

If you want to do this I mean REALLY do it, have that conversation with yourself. Look in the mirror. As a matter of fact make it more dramatic take your shirt off or even naked and look at yourself. Seriously look at yourself and say to yourself “I am an addict”  You ARE an addict, and unless you can admit it to yourself and control your addiction you will never be successful at this in the long term. You can do it I believe in you, because I am doing it. It’s not easy but nothing good is easy and you will never be able to do it unless you have these hard conversations with yourself. My name is Aaron Lohman and I’m an addict. Join me on the path to recovery. We can do this together.

My Wife Made Me Do It. The Beginning of My Journey

At the end of December 2015 before I fell into the official “New Year, New Me” crowd I decided I needed to make a change. A friend of mine asked me to sign up for the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour. For those that don’t know it’s a 40 mile bike ride through all of the boroughs of New York City. I signed up. The only problem was that I weighed over 400 pounds at the time.

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I knew I had to make some changes or I would be seriously embarrassed come the day of the bicycle ride. They would be carrying me to the hospital. Not only that but I have a young daughter and I knew that if I kept up my lifestyle, I wouldn’t be around to dance with her at her wedding or play with my grandchildren.

On top of all of that I knew I had to make a change because of the line of work that I’m in, Law Enforcement, I knew that I was allowing the hustle of the job get in the way of my health in a career where your health is detrimentally important. Quite often, like in my case, we put the job first, then family and then ourselves often neglecting our own needs leading to weight gain and an unhealthy lifestyle. I graduated the academy at 250 pounds and got out of control to over 400 in only 9 years. I needed to change.

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So I started a diet using The Underarmour My Fitness Pal app. I stuck to it for a few months. Lost about 30 or so pounds. Then I bought an exercise bike for indoor exercising and I bought a Trek mountain bike to ride to the train and then ride from the train to my job and visa versa. As I am writing this I am now down 50 pounds and plan on losing 175 pounds total.

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The truth is I would never think about writing a blog or being a part of trying to inspire others through physical fitness, but my wife encouraged me to do it. My friends and family don’t even know I am making this blog although I’m sure they’ll find out and crush me relentlessly because this is the complete opposite of something I would do. I thought twice even 10 times about doing this, but my wife made me do it. She said what I’m doing can help others who are in the same situation, and you know what? She’s right. If I can help even one person live a longer more fulfilling life or help another cop live a longer retirement or survive a deadly encounter then it was worth the crushing I would get from my friends. I should have started this from the beginning of my journey to health, but here I am starting it a little late but still early enough to share my progress with all of you until I reach my goal and continue to be more fit and healthy. My Wife Made Me Do It, but I have no regrets. Let’s do this together. Join Me.

My wife and I in Aruba down 40 pounds.

My wife and I in Aruba down 40 pounds.