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.

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Recent Posts

17 Sep 2014

Out of a rut and into a groove

  I haven’t written anything in a week… It’s been that kind of week. Swamped at work, busy at home – you know the drill. Bu I am back at it now, and that’s what matters. The writing (and the comments, feedback and support you guys give me) really help keep me going. That matters, especially at a time like this.   Lord, the last couple of weeks have been trying… I made the decision

9 Sep 2014

The Freedom is in the Details

  In my last post I was talking about the sort of “endurance” mindset I had fallen into, and how it was slowly sucking all the joy out of my life. I have spent the past few days both examining the problem and trying to start taking steps to change it. You always hear people say “Things change…” but in my experience, they don’t change for the better on their own. That takes work.  

5 Sep 2014

No Fun

  I had conversations with three different people from three unrelated areas of my life in the last week, and all of them said essentially the same thing - "You don't seem to be enjoying yourself." Now if just one person said something like that it might not register, but three people? I figured it was something I better take a look at.   What I realized is that I have worked my way back