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

28 Oct 2014


  God damn, I'm really feeling the gravity today. I'm out here walking up the hill, taking a little break from the office and I feel like an earth mover. Some woman in her early thirties just jogged past and she looked like she was barely touching the ground. She was incredibly light on her feet, glancing along the surface of the sidewalk she moves down the road. Whereas I feel like I'm a tank

21 Oct 2014

Something to Think About…

  Almost all of the exercise I get still happens in a controlled environment. Which is to say that I'm still not really engaged in very much physical activity that's just plain fun. Don't get me wrong, I really lovey the Pilates workouts at RedBird, and even the gym is less disagreeable that once was. But I have noticed that when my wife and I take our walk around town lake every Sunday I don't

17 Oct 2014

Right in the Gut!

  Well, I’m glad THAT’S over…   The last couple of weeks have been trying to say the least. Part of the ongoing fallout of years of addiction is intermittent bouts of stomach/digestive troubles, and the last two weeks have been a doozy! These incidents are apropos of nothing – there is no identifiable cause that brings them on, they just happen. Usually I can get things back on track in a couple of days,