Starting Stats

Weight 239lbs
Mile Time 9m 59s
Max Push-Ups 18/set

I’ve thought of myself as overweight since I can remember. I immediately developed a bad habit of comparing myself to the kids who stuck to tee-ball, went on to baseball, and always seemed to eat whatever they wanted, staying slender and fit no matter what they ate.

I never felt like I wanted to be competitive like they were. I remember being afraid to sweat in P.E. So I didn’t. I did the least I could and soaked in self-esteem problems little by little. Of course, that just led to more personal time with my best friend, food.

Since then, I’ve learned a lot. Academically, I was excellent growing up. Musical ability has always come naturally to me. And, especially as a missionary, I learned I could become very good at self-mastery.

In the middle of that experience, I managed to lose almost 60 pounds in about 6 months. And it was awesome! I felt great, was playing active games for the first time in my life, really, and my stomach shrunk to a half-serving of oatmeal for breakfast every day. I even became disciplined enough to jog in place for 30 minutes on the days it was to cold to run outside. It was amazing, and for the first time since 9th grade, I weighed under 200 pounds.

Of course, life has run away with me since then. In the past 2.5 years, I’ve almost completely stopped exercising, a stark change from 30+ minutes 6 days a week. Snacks have mutated from an apple here or banana there to milkshakes, French fries, and other, more unspeakable things.

I left my 197 pounds behind for a pudgy 239. I feel slow, tired, and unfocused. Thankfully, my wife reminds me how attractive she thinks I am (quite so, as luck would have it) often. But even so, I find myself feeling gross and sometimes even ugly.

So here’s where the challenge comes in. With your help, I’m going to lose the weight I regained, and finally reach my ultimate weight goal of 180 pounds. That’s a total of 59 pounds lost. And who knows? Maybe I’ll even surpass that.

The catch is that I’m going to do it in 6 months. That’s 10 pounds a month, starting now, in March. I’ll give myself a little buffer at the beginning of September since I’m starting a few days into the month, but since I’m officially beginning, every 6th of every month, I intend to weigh in at 10 pounds lighter than the previous month.

I’ll be posting progress pictures and exercise stats every Monday till the goal is met.

Where do you come in? I’m going to need support. If I didn’t meet my goal one month, you have to encourage me. Ask me about my eating habits. Invite me to a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee. But whatever you do, please help! I’m gonna need all I can get.

Thank you all! I know this can be done, and I couldn’t be more excited.

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