In the late winter of 2013, I finally started getting serious about weight loss. To put it simply, I was sick of fat kid jokes and sick of not being able to find anything that would fit. I was pushing 250 pounds and decided that it was time to really get serious. It started out as a simple challenge for Lent, and it turned into something greater than I ever thought it would.
I called it the No-Pop challenge. I’d decided that I would start for 40 days without pop and see if I could do it. If I could, and I liked the results, I would keep it up for as long as I could. Ideally, I’d stop drinking pop forever.
Also, I’d known for a while that I was very lactose intolerant. Yet, I was still risking eating things like cheese and having the occasional glass of milk. It was a hard decision, but I also decided to give up dairy products too. I’d read somewhere that having dairy when you’re lactose intolerant can actually hurt your weight loss, so it seemed like the best decision to make.
Finally, I did a little unorthodox bit of exercising. I am a huge fan of the Just Dance video game franchise. I’ve become such a huge fan that I would start out at 30 minutes a day and progress on as far as two hours. I never went more than two hours a day, because that would have opposite effects on my body. I didn’t want that.
When June rolled around, I was fifty pounds lighter, and feeling much better for the choices I made. Getting rid of pop and dairy products was the best decision I ever made in my life.