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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