Friday, June 26, 2009

Happy Birthday to My Wife aka Superwoman

Today is Rachel's birthday. She deserves to be celebrated. She is by far one of the most wonderful people I have ever met. I'm not really sure how to express just how great she is. She is an excellent mother and has endured more than most others could ever dream. She doesn't complain, she doesn't angry, she does exactly what needs to be done. I envy her for that ability. As a wife, well she puts up with me so her patience and understanding have to far exceed any normal person. She has always been there for me. Always. I'm not sure where I would be without her. I wish I could write a love song or poem or paint a picture that expresses just how much I appreciate her and how much she means to me, but that's not really my strong suit. I will say that I love her more than anything and that she means the world to me. She is my rock... my raison d'etre.

Happy Birthday Baby!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Missouri 60 Challenge

The Anti Jared is holding a challenge that he is calling the Missouri 60. In a nutshell it's a little competition to see who can change their lives the most in 60 days. Contestants must take a picture, set goals, and then share those goals once achieved. It's called the Missouri 60 because as everyone might or might not know, Missouri is The Show-Me State*. The premise behind the competition is that talk is cheap, show me what you are willing to do to change your life. Take that picture. Post for everyone to see. Make a commitment to change yourself. You'd be surprised changing how you look will make you feel. Doesn't matter if it's 10 pounds or 200 pounds. Those sung pants will fit better, those stairs won't be so daunting, exercise just might become fun.

*The most widely known legend attributes the phrase "Show-Me State" to Missouri's U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1897 to 1903. While a member of the U.S. House Committee on Naval Affairs, Vandiver attended an 1899 naval banquet in Philadelphia. In a speech there, he declared, "I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me." Regardless of whether Vandiver coined the phrase, it is certain that his speech helped to popularize the saying.

Fortunately for me I love competition and I see myself as a tough competitor. I could care less about prizes or awards, but I love the recognition and the thought of being the best. It drives me. Tiger Woods may be the best example of a driven man that the world has ever known. Widely regarded as the greatest golfer to have ever lived and he STILL pushes to get better. Still practices 6 hours a day. He is so mentally tough that he has an unfair advantage every time he tees it up. He doesn't want to just win, he wants to crush his opponent into submission. That's the drive I want. It is amazing.

In 6 short months I have been able to lose 101 pounds. I have already changed my life. But I can be even better. I can lose another 60 pounds. Get the six pack abs, the chiseled chest and arms. I will finish a triathlon. No scratch that, I will not just finish, I will be a threat to win. I spent most of my life overweight, and unhappy because of it. I still have a ways to go but it will not hold me back anymore. My family life is better. My work life is better. Everything about my life has improved. It will only get better.

As far as the Missouri 60, I want all that participate to succeed. Tony has a great idea. He is an inspiration to many. Every day is a new day. A day of new choices and the day to change your life. Challenge yourself. Step outside your comfort zone. It will make you a better person.

But as previously stated, my competitive juices are flowing and the Tiger Woods in me want to crush the competition. My goals are set. I will succeed. Here is my picture. Talk to you soon after my first goal is met.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

100 Down!

My name is Joe and I've lost 100 pounds. Holy cow! I have been posting pictures and blogs at myspace but I have decided to start writing on this site. I was drawn here when Joe Posnanski, a sports columnist for The Kansas City Star and in my humble opinion the best sports writer in America wrote a blog talking about his brother Tony, aka The Anti Jared. Here is a man that weighed 420 pounds and had the motivation, determination, and discipline to lose over 200 pounds. I was floored. When I began reading his posts I felt an instant connection as I started out weighing 345 lbs. This was me on 1-5-2009.

Much like Tony I have changed my life. I now weigh 244 and my goal weight is 180.* I have also read many of the weight loss blogs that have been followers or commenters of the Anti Jared and I feel a sense of understanding. I too know the rigors and struggles of being overweight and if I can make the change anyone can.

*180 is my goal weight simply because it sounds like a nice round number. In all actuality I will let my body decide what my ideal weight is. Maybe it's 200 or maybe it's 170. I will know when i get there

Five months in and I'm down 101 pounds. How low can I go? Only time will tell.

This is me at 244.