Drew Carey: From Habit, Comes Inspiration
I have a bit of an online habit. Perhaps I should call it a routine; yes, it’s officially an online routine. Every morning I get up, feed the dog, make coffee, and jump online. I glance at Facebook, Google news, my email, and Craigslist in no particular order. I imagine that most of you do something similar. That’s just today’s world, at least I hope it is, for my own sake.
Back in the beginning of the year, I was in the middle of my morning online routine and noticed link about Drew Carey on Google News. I think it said something about the “new Drew”. I was intrigued enough to follow the link, which was to a Parade magazine article about how he’s lost 70 pounds and how he did it. Now I’m not what you’d call a Drew Carey fan. I’ve casually watched his shows in the past, and think he’s a clever and funny guy; but don’t know that much about him. I began to read this article and quickly became impressed with his accomplishment, and with him as a person.
Upon reading this article, you will quickly notice he was not alone in his health and wellness efforts. He had professional help; a Personal Trainer and Doctor of Preventative Medicine. You may ask, Why are you so impressed? He’s rich and could easily afford this! True, his talent and fame has provided him with the financial means to seek professional advice. However the crucial part of his weight loss has nothing to do with money. He had to possess the personal drive to make it happen. According to the article, he had his moments of weakness, one in the form of an entire pizza which left him feeling sick. He said, “Eating crappy food is not a reward—it’s a punishment.” and realized that the next time he would reward himself, it would be with a healthier choice. Just because he has financial success doesn’t mean it’s any easier. In fact, I would think it would make it much harder. Where I would only go to a place like Capital Grille once a year, perhaps for a special occasion, he could easily be a regular multiple times a week.
Drew’s story was exactly what I needed to hear at the exactly the right time. I had made some effort to lose weight and am getting fit, and achieved some success; from a top weight of 238 pounds; I had slimmed down to 212. However old habits crept back and was around 225 at the time I stumbled upon the article. The best thing about the story is a list, a “how to” of what Drew eats and how much he exercises each day. You will see it’s a hard core program. I haven’t followed it exactly, but use it as a guideline. I’ll be fine with achieving half of what he achieved. At the time of this article, I’m around 218 lbs. I’m making 200 my goal. Not my ideal weight by the charts, but a realistic number.
What I guess I’m trying to say here is that you’ll never know where you’ll find inspiration, it appears when you least expect it. Drew found the motivation from not being able to keep up with his step-child. Mine was just reading about his story and making the mental leap that if he could do it, so can I. What will yours be? Perhaps it’s contained in this website or somewhere completely unrelated. When you do hear the voice of inspiration, act on it. It’s usually a limited time offer.
The Parade Magazine Article on Drew Carey: