Motivation:  Motivation and morale are the biggest things in terms of sticking to a weight loss program.  I have a wonderful 19 month old motivation.  She is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I want to experience as much of her life as possible.  Even at her tender age, she has shown me things about myself that I do not want to saddle her with.

I love my mother, but she was overweight while I was growing up.  She was not a good example of a healthy lifestyle for me.  I do not blame her, but in a child’s mind it is easy to rationalize the idea that, “Mom’s fat, and she’s OK.”  I definitely did not want to leave my daughter with this example.

And, don’t think a one year old does not notice.  I stopped biting my nails (a life-long habit) several months ago because I noticed that my daughter had her hands in her mouth all of the time.  I noticed one day that it looked just like she was biting her nails.  That day was the last time I bit my nails. 

In another incident, just last week (47 lbs. down) my daughter pointed at a big round snowman on the side of a coffee mug and said in the sweetest voice, “Daddy!”  You’ve got love that, but you can also use it to keep yourself motivated.  I do not want Daddy’s shape to be associated with anything large and round.  That 47 lb. loss is something, but it does not mean that I am thin yet by any means.

It’s hard enough to find good (nutritious) food that is aimed at kids.  By eating healthy, myself, I am not only setting and example of how one should eat, I making healthy choices available for her.  Sure, she may not want to eat what I am having today, and that’s OK, but she will often lean on me and sweetly say, “Some!”  This is the perfect chance to let her try some other things.

Less of Me to Love

I have a secret that I have not shared yet.  I asked a friend if I should blog about this, but he said he thought it was a little gay.  I thought about what he said far a while and, at this point, I am comfortable that it is not gay.  My secret is the fact that in the last eight weeks, (since January 14th) I have lost 54 pounds (I weighed a day early for this blog.  In the future, all weigh-ins will be on Tuesday as my wife and I agreed from the beginning).  I am feeling great, and looking better, but that does not mean I am finished.

When I began my weight loss odyssey, I was a whopping 359 lbs.  That’s a lot.  In fact, it’s about the weight of two grown men.

I did not get this way overnight.  It took years of bad eating and little exercise to put me in this condition.  I would like to say that I have struggled, but except for one time about four years ago when I lost 53 lbs, I have never made a good effort to get healthy.

I have found that my success this time is due to several factors.  They are:  Motivation, Desperation, Morale, Determination, Preparation, Persistence, Perseverance, Discipline, and Support.  This sounds like one of those Stephen Covey things about now, but I digress

By blogging this, I hope to share what I have learned from this experience in the hope that some of these things might help another person to also have success.  I will deal both conceptually and practically with the issue of weight loss.  I will show how many of the words mentioned above have applied to my personal experience, and expound on their impact for me.  Finally, I will share many of the recipes (as long as they are not copyrighted) that I have enjoyed and that have lead to my success.  I will tell you places that I go, and the food that I order when I go there.  I hope to cover all aspects of my regimen, and I hope you benefit from it. 

I have read no books in preparation for this, though I have watched this season of the Biggest Loser (I will write more on this later).  I plan to see if I can get anything out of the new I Can Make You Thin show as soon as it premieres, and plan to review it.  I am not a doctor, but I encourage you to see one if you are going to try to lose weight.  Weight loss should be a victory not a tragedy, so be careful.  All of the ideas in this blog are just my own.  This program has worked for me, and I hope there is something in it that will work for you.  If there is anything in here that goes against anything a physician has told you, please ignore what I have said, and respect your physician’s advice.

Good Luck.