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My Mission: Lose the Fat and Find Myself
Isn’t it ironic? For most of my professional adult life, I’ve had the pleasure to implement some of the most needed and effective community health programs bar none. From HIV prevention in Uganda to reproductive health education in Utah. In my forty-one years on the planet, I’ve worked to be an effective public health practitioner and after securing my second graduate degree, a comforting clinical social worker. I’ve worked hard to contribute to the world because the world has contributed much to me. To whom much is given, much is required. It is the essence of what my mother taught me and what I am about.
That’s why it’s sad for me to admit that I have neglected myself. In fact, somehow over the last decade I have accepted poor sleeping habits, poor eating habits, as part of the equation of having a busy life. What a distorted thought? In neglecting my health over the last decade, it’s somewhat ironic that I would plunge my heart and soul into healthyblackmen.org, a true calling. Publishing the website has been and continues to be a labor of pure love. But as I labor, I’m realizing it’s necessary to show some love to myself. That is why am I publicly starting the process to make some healthier changes. I hope that my process somehow becomes helpful to you to live your healthiest life.
I stand six feet tall and have a body mass index (BMI) of over 30. That’s obese folks. The guy with the graduate degrees in public health and social work has not applied a basic tenet of living to my own life. If I am going to “talk the talk” I must “walk this walk.” No excuses because when you know better, you do better. It’s not just about weight loss but a new, healthier way of managing my life. The food, the exercise, the stress, all of it.
After long consideration, preparation, and discussion with my family, I am beginning a journey to not only lose weight but to find my “new self.” Finding a new healthier balance is a comittment I make to myself today. I am excited about the recent changes already taking place in my life and I cannot wait to see what else unfolds. There will be much more to share more with you in the weeks and months ahead. But one thing that I’ve decided not to share is the actual weight loss regimen I’ll be using to help me. The physician-approved plan is tailored to me and I simply do not want to “endorse” any program or product. There will be no pills (besides vitamins), no “enhancements” or anything unnatural. I will be following a workout routine and I welcome questions about that or comments about your own process. Most importantly, I will be safe. Send your questions and comments here at healthyblackmen.org or our Twitter account @BlkMenUSA. The journey begins today. Right here. Right now. Let’s get started!