How to Get Comfortable and Healthy
in Your Own Skin
By Mitchell Gold, Chair-man
If you've read our Who We Are statement, you know one Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams mantra is "we never miss a meal." Great words to live by, but with a few caveats. You see, something happened recently that changed my life, and I want to share it with you.
I'm often in the public eye, which means I appear in photos regularly. Last year, after seeing a photo of myself with a good friend on Facebook, I said to my husband, Tim: "I wish there had been a better picture of me to post. I don't really look like that. I look chubby." Tim's response? "I love you, but yes, that's how you look."
Now it was in my head.
And there was something else: in consulting with several doctors about separate health issues, from my sinuses to my heart condition, I kept hearing that I was at least 40 lbs. overweight. Finally, I thought to myself, "You're not the dumbest guy around. Why aren't you listening?" I knew it was time for a change.
I didn't know where to start, so I sought the help of a wonderful doctor in New York—a nutritionist and a psychiatrist. He asked a lot of questions about life: who I am, what I do, what a typical day is like, how I celebrate special occasions. I told him about my amazing husband, my best friend and business partner Bob Williams, my incredible company and staff, and some of the things I love (carrot cake, cookies, a juicy steak on my birthday). As we neared the end of our appointment, he said to me: "Mitchell Gold, you are one lucky man. And you're willing to risk all that—for a cookie? You already know what they taste like. You're wearing them!"
So at the start of the December 2015 holiday season, just as most people were setting their diets aside, I started mine. I knew I'd have a much higher mountain to climb if I waited. I truly believe that resolve was a key factor in my success. With that and my doctor's help, I lost over 40 pounds in just six months and became so much healthier. And now, I have the tools to keep it going.
For those who struggle with weight, I'm sharing what I've learned to help you get comfortable—and healthy—in your own skin. Below are my top tips for success plus some favorite recipes to guide you on your journey. I started because I looked in the mirror and didn't like what I saw. However, I see now there is so much more to gain than superficial satisfaction. Now I think about eating to live longer and be around for the ones I love. And I learned to love different foods. I've always been picky, so if I can do it, anyone can. Find your resolve and get started!
All opinions shared are my own. I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or an RD. What I write is based upon my personal views and experiences. For specific questions regarding your own diet and exercise plan, please contact your physician or a dietary professional.