On December 30th I stepped on the scale for the first time in about 8 months. I weighed a little over 224 pounds. It was a bit shocking to me. I didn’t know that I gained so much weight. Now, it’s not the heaviest I have ever weighed, which was about 235 pounds, but the weight gain was a bit disappointing. When I met Eunkyung about 7 years ago, I looked much different. Down in the basement in my fishing mancave, I have a portrait of our wedding picture up there. And man.. I looked different. I was fit, full energy, and happy. I look at myself now, and I see and feel like a different person. I have always been happy, but definitely I have a lot less energy, and definitely not very fit. I had to do something, I had to make a change.
No, I didn’t get surgery, but I decided to make my health a priority. I think a lot of the weight gain came from a lot of excuses. I really thought the reason for my weight gain was because of taking care of kids. Yeah, I blamed it on the kids, sorry Norah and Ben! But it’s not true. I just think that having kids took out all my energy and that the way I looked on December 30th is just normal and inevitable. But it’s not true… I can change. So I decided to change my lifestyle. I can’t go to the gym, because of COVID-19, but that shouldn’t stop me from working out. I bought a cheap exercise bike and looked up exercises I can do at home, that doesn’t involve yoga. Also, I knew I needed to check on the amount of food I am eating. Basically, everything I think I can eat… eat half of it and count every calorie.
Today is March 9th and I now weigh 177.4 pounds. I have lost a total of 46.6 pounds. I am trying to get to about 160-165 pounds, almost there! The last time I weighed 160-165 pounds was when I was a freshman in high school. I have always been a “husky” kid, since I was young, which is fine, nothing wrong with that. But I feel like at my age, and what I want to do physically, I want to be at that 165 weight range.
And if anyone was curious, I am not skipping out on any meals. I still eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and to be honest, I still eat at McDonalds or any other fast food joint (once in a while), but just really thinking about how much I eat. Instead of eating a double quarter pounder, with large fries, a coke, and a sausage biscuit, and I am not eating a double quarter pounder, small fries, and a diet coke. By doing little things like that I can cut out like 300-400 calories easy and still feel satisfied.
I am losing weight, not to look better, but mostly feel better. I want to not worry about my health when I get older. I want to get older and still be active and mobile. OK.. honestly, my big motivation to stay healthy is because I want to fish more. I don’t want to be that guy that picks one spot to fish. I love exploring, I love fishing and getting to fish areas that people don’t fish. Hiking through woods, brush, up and down cliffs. I want to hit multiple spots and find fish, not wait for fish. I want to keep doing that even when I get older.
Central PA has way too many amazing fishing spots, a ton of creeks to go to, but it involves a lot of hiking and exploring. There are too many public lakes to fish. My goal is to catch a 22 plus inch native brown trout, catch brook trout, which involves a lot of exploring and going to remote area of hard to access spots. I want to land a 10lb largemouth bass (if they exist up here). Those achievements will take a lot of time to get, and a little bit of luck. I am 40 years old, and I don’t know if I will reach my goal in the next 5 years, or 20 years. So… I better stay healthy for the long run, so I can achieve my goal in fishing.
Well that is what motivates me right now… so what am I waiting for… better get moving!
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).