On June 18th/19th, I will be a speaker at the “State of Now 2013” conference in NYC which will focus on health, wellness and fitness. You may know the #140conf which has been around for a number of years, mostly focusing on social media or Twitter. But this year, the conference organizer, Jeff Pulver, has decided to focus on health and wellness.
That’s quite a new spin on the conference, isn’t it? Well, the reason for this new direction is that Jeff is undergoing a transformation or a “personal reboot”. Last year, he realized he was tired of being overweight and unhealthy. Although at first he decided to try gastric bypass surgery, he decided to get on a fitness regimen and transform his health with a goal to lose 100 lbs. No surgery, just eating well and exercising. And as a result, he decided to make the #140conf all about health and wellness.
The email I received from Jeff announcing the conference really spoke to me because I was in the middle of a similar journey. I too have been overweight most of my life and have struggled with health problems because of it. Like Jeff, I just ate and ate and didn’t exercise and felt like I needed surgery to lose the weight.
Instead of surgery, I opted to try a medical weight management program administered by a local hospital. The program meant that I would have to eat a very low calorie diet made up primarily of shakes, soups, puddings and nutrition bars. I also ate one regular, low calorie meal a day. When I started the program last September, my body was feeling terrible. I couldn’t walk well because my back and feet hurt. I knew I wanted to change.
So fast forward to today, it’s been over 7 months and I’ve lost about 90 pounds so far. And I feel great. It was easier than I expected, but I still need to lose 10 more pounds to make it an even 100 lost. I know I can do it, even now that I’m no longer in the weight management program and am eating regular food.
At the conference, I’ll speak about my experience with the medical weight management program and give some tips on how people can get started and succeed. I really hope to inspire more people to lose weight and transform their health. This low calorie plan may not be for everyone, but I think it’s a great way to reboot your health and eating habits.
I still would like to lose even more weight and get even healthier so my struggle continues. But I’m excited to be part of this and hope to meet Jeff in person and share our war stories on this personal transformation.