Friday, July 2, 2010

"Losing it" can be difficult without You around.

To my family, friends and all those who love to encourage others in their heroic attempts to better themselves in spite of life’s challenges and the scorn of previous failures,

I am in need of your help.

Wait a minute! Let me settle your nerves by letting you know that this has nothing to do with money. Whew… I thought I might have lost your attention there for a second. What this is all about - is me. Well… Not exactly all about me, it’s also about Cheryl and Maddison. And in a roundabout way it’s about you.

I'm on a journey to find me - the real me. The youthful energetic person that got lost somewhere throughout the last decade and has been replaced with some overweight and under-energized clone.

So you might be thinking to yourself, "Well... good for him. That's great if he wants to lose some weight and become a healthier person, but what does this have to do with me?" Good question. I need you to help me become the man that I cannot become on my own. I am looking for encouragement and accountability. So here's the plan.

Starting July 30th, on my birthday, I am making a pledge to lose 80 pounds over one year’s time. Each month I will be weighing in at a predetermined family or friend's house. It's kind of my version of the Biggest Loser show, without the $250,000.00 reward. I will journal along the way, while posting pictures and weigh ins monthly (assuming I can figure out how to do that on this blog site). And it is here where I'm going to need everything that you can give - respond to the post, send an encouraging e-mail, send a text, call. Seriously, I can't do this without you.

My goal is not only to lose weight, but also to inspire all those out there that desire to live a healthier life. So... come on, take this journey with me and I will promise to do my best to become a better and healthier husband, father, friend and inspiration.