Alex R. Hernandez Jr. - December 2019

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TEXAS TRIAL LAWYERS REVIEW

DECEMBER 2019

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Slimming Down for 2020

My (Gradual) Weight Loss Journey

The year is coming to a close, which leaves me with just enough time to look back at how much has changed. Our firm has definitely grown — we’ve added more attorneys, and our caseload has picked up substantially. On the homefront, my family and I moved into a larger house, so we may actually have room to entertain relatives this holiday season! And amid all this expansion, I’m proud to say my waistline was the one thing that shrunk this year. It’s hard for me to believe, but I’m actually 30 pounds lighter than I was at the start of 2019. The change didn’t come about because of a New Year’s resolution, either. In fact, my weight loss journey can best be described as “one thing led to another.” So, because this is the time of year when people strategize ways to improve their health, I wanted to share my own experience in the hopes that what worked for me may work for some of you. Now, it’s a very lawyer-like thing to say, but results may vary. Everybody has different health needs, so other techniques may work better for you. But, if you struggle to commit to radical lifestyle changes like I do, then this more gradual march toward fitness might be worth a shot. For me, it all started with housework. In the summer of 2018, I was doing a lot of work to fix up our old home. Tasks like mending fences and putting on fresh coats of paint to the exterior had to be done, so I took them on myself. And, boy, could I feel it . I hadn’t been to the gym in like 15 years, so this renovation workout was a wake-up

call for me. It drew my attention to how much I’d been neglecting my own physical health. So, after the weather warmed up again this year, I decided to keep up the pace. I kept doing outdoor work even as we moved houses, and then started to add a new diet to the mix. I didn’t do one of those big-name diets with the clear restrictions either — I just made a conscious effort to eat healthier. Gradually, I started looking and feeling better, which gave me the extra push I needed to go to the gym again. Soon, I was working out and swimming much like I had as a younger man. I think what made the difference is that it never once felt like I took an “all or nothing” leap at better health. I just kept my mind focused on

what I could do to feel a little healthier one day at a time. Now that I can look back and see the progress, I’m amazed at what a difference those little steps have made. So, if you’ve had a hard time getting those big New Year’s resolutions to stick, try starting small. As long as you can be content with more incremental improvements to your health, it might be the right approach for you. Of course, it helps to have a loving, supportive family around you to cheer you on — I know it did for me.

Here’s to your future,

–Alex R. Hernandez Jr.

“My weight loss journey can best be described as ‘one thing led to another.’”

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