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A Bit About me

March 1, 2014… I am a 52 year old, married father of 4. For most of my adult life I have struggled with my weight. Today I weigh as much as I ever have, tipping the scale at 345 pounds. Yesterday I was at my doctor’s office for a follow-up exam. While waiting for her to come in I looked at the BMI chart and realized that for my height (6′ even), to be considered NOT overweight, I would have to weigh 177 pounds. That is 168 pounds less than I weigh today. In other words, my extra weight is the equivalent of carrying around another person who is also nearly over weight.

Generally, I am a healthy person, except for the weight. I am borderline diabetic, controlled through minimal use of diet and almost no exercise. When last checked, my cholesterol was slightly elevated, but not enough to worry (new blood work will be back in about a week). My Blood Pressure at yesterday’s visit was 102/80.

I do suffer from a lot of body aches. I have knees that hurt daily. And, after wrestling with snow and ice this year, I have a lower back that speaks to me even as I sit here and type. The things about me that are less than healthy – blood sugar, joint pain, lower back pain – can all be significantly eased or even eliminated if I would JUST LOSE SOME DAMN WEIGHT.

I have lost weight in the past. On May 1, 2000 I joined Weight Watchers. Over the course of the next 15 months I managed to lose about 72 pounds. When we went on our family vacation that summer, I felt great. I even allowed myself to be seen outside with my shirt off.

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Pictures of me from my family vacation in 2001

That summer I was still playing softball in a Church league. I had one of the best years. I was slightly less slow (I have never been blessed with speed), I hit the ball well, and I fielded well. All around I felt great!

Then something happened. I am not really sure what it was. Sometimes I think it had something to do with the September 11 events, and the funk they put me in to. Sometimes I think I just got complacent. Whatever the case, not only did I lose my steam for losing weight, but I started gaining again. It has been a steady rise ever since.

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From a family reunion in 2011. At least I have maintained a sense of humor about it all.

Here is the really discouraging news. That summer I weighed in at 218 pounds. After 15 months of work, I was still obese.

Today I have the tools I need to succeed. I have a gym membership which my wife uses, but I do not. I have a membership in Weight Watchers Online, and I own a fit bit to help me calculate my daily calorie burn. Recently, all three of these amazing tools have sat unused, collecting both figurative and literal dust.

I am not going to make any bold proclamations. That is a sure recipe for disaster. What I am going to do is set a realistic set of goals for myself. I am going to try to lose 2 pounds or more every week. I am going to exercise more, eat less, and eat right. If the resolve I have this morning lasts beyond the publishing of this blog, then I will see results.

Along the way I am going to document my progress. I am going to include a page showing my current progress chart for weight. I will share my thoughts on the process along the way as well. I plan to post links to sites that I find helpful, and I will discuss various restaurants where I eat, and foods I find both helpful and harmful. With the help of my wife (who is a talented and skilled cook), I will also post recipes from time to time.

I am launching this blog to help me be more accountable. I am not setting myself up to be a weight loss guru, or anything like that. I just want to have a place that is somewhat public where I can share my successes and failures, my struggles and triumphs, and my gains and losses. Hopefully, this time, I will win and succeed!

11 comments

  1. I don’t know why, but I’ve never read this before today. So honest you are, Bobby, which is the very first step. I don’t know if you are struggling today, but I can definitely relate. Today, I am at the opposite end of the scale, trying to GAIN! My youngest son, has the gene within his endocrine system, just like me He has been been fighting his weight most of his life. I see him struggle which makes me sad. He follows his doctor’s orders, and does the best he can. We only get one shot in life. Healthy and happy is all that matters to me. That is my wish for all people. Bless you, Bobby.

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  2. You are an inspiration Bobby, been bouncing around your blog and oh boy am I inspired to continue on my own journey after reading about yours. Our BMI was almost the exact same on our starting days and you’re so much further along your journey than I am, but I will get there!

    Just… all around outstanding journey you’ve had, and will have ahead of you, will be nice to read about it in the future!

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  3. Okay, so we are in this together now, no gimmicks, no tricks just you and health! Health is more important that a number on a scale. It’s between you and God, it’s between you and a vibrant lifestyle, it’s between you and loving your family more than food! So you’ve got me hooked on your blog now. Let’s see how much you can accomplish I’m here in the background for you encouraging you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to ask if there’s any way I can urge you toward your goal. 🙂 Blessings,

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        1. Haha. Nor am I a stalker. I just happened to be here when your comments hit. Thank you again.

          I will likely be posting to Just some thoughts I have… later tonight, as I didn’t yet today.

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  4. Bobby, I am older than you (75), but when I was in my 50s, I had real problems with my weight, too. I am now in my sixth year of blogging about weight control and living longer. I am down to the 150 pound level after being as high as 220. The biggest thing that happened with me was mental focus. When my head got straight, my pounds just melted off. I think you need to decide that you want to be healthy. Don’t even think about losing weight. Just realize that everything you eat becomes a part of you. Go from there. Good luck!

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