I have been overweight for most of my life. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot, but always more than I should. I tried a bunch of different things over the years to lose the weight, but all of my efforts were basically half-hearted, and none of them really produced any significant results. For the past 3-4 years I have struggled with a number of health issues – IBS, Fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol. Mostly, I just felt like crap. Last October, after yet another failed attempt to lose weight and get in shape I was at my breaking point. I knew that there was an answer to my problem, but I couldn’t seem to figure it out on my own. Then I saw a commercial for a weight loss challenge sponsored by H-E-B, a regional grocery store chain, and I knew I had found my answer.

Now I’m not the kind of guy who buys a lottery ticket and thinks he’s going to win. That’s not how my luck runs. But this time felt different. I knew as soon as I saw the commercial that I would get picked as a contestant, and sure enough, six weeks later I was. The contest started on January 5th, and one of the requirements was that each contestant keep a blog about their experiences. So I began writing, and a funny thing happened… people actually started reading the blog and leaving me comments. They gave me support when I was struggling. They told me their own weight loss stories. They told me I was inspiring them to make some changes of their own. I really enjoyed the regular writing schedule, and by doing the diet and exercise stuff so publicly there was a level of accountability that really helped.

The contest ended on April 12th, 2014. I didn’t win the grand prize, but I did lose a total of 32 lbs. I also developed an exercise and food regiment that is completely sustainable, and which I believe will carry me to my ultimate goal of 100 lbs of weight loss by the end of the year. I decided before the contest ended that I was going to continue to write about my experiences on my own blog, and that is the purpose of this site. I have added all of ly posts from the contest to section 1 of the blog, and I will continue to post several times a week, sharing my experiences as I learn to replace food with other things that feed me spiritually and ease the discomfort that living can bring.

Thanks for coming along with me.


Recent Posts

29 Aug 2014

Roll With Me baby

  All right… made it to Friday! I have to say that I am actually feeling pretty good today. Pretty good for a guy like me anyway. Monday’s HIIT class was intense and it took a couple of days (and finally submitting to foam rolling) to recover from, but as my inner thighs slowly stopped hurting I find myself thinking about next week’s class. Maybe even looking forward to it. Looking Forward may be going

27 Aug 2014


  I have always resisted getting involved in any sort of exercise class in the past. I am not much of a joiner. I’m not really a “group activity” sort of a guy. I did my first High Intensity Interval Training class at Redbird on Monday, and it showed me the real reasons I don’t want to do classes. Boy did it.   I had no idea what to expect from the class at all.

25 Aug 2014


  I really need to learn how to stretch. I mean I REALLY need to learn how. All the Pilates I am doing is really exposing just how limited my range of motion is in some areas, and I know that it’s not going to change by itself. So I guess I have something new to learn.   What little stretching I have ever done has mostly been an afterthought – something tacked on to