January 5th 2010- 233 pounds
I took a bit of a hit during the holidays, but I have still have accomplished so much. I finally started weight training and I hope to be down below 200 by April 19, 2010. Why, you ask? We are taking a nice family vacation to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. There is an indoor water park at our resort so it'll be best for all sighted people if I get down below that 200 mark.
I need to focus on about 2.5 pounds a week and I will be good to go.
I read a blog written by The Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger yesterday that touched me, for I am an animal lover. And he is 100% right. This dog was treated so bad, so brutally, but he perservered and overcame.
"Fletch's is the face of resilience, and of inspiration. He's a dog at the Humane Society, and a former bait dog -- which is exactly what it sounds like. His lips and part of his mouth are still mangled and scarred from the abuse. Much of his face is damaged, maybe forever. It's sickening. It's heartbreaking. And it's inspiring. The first time we met he walked right up and seemed happy enough to let a complete stranger take him out and rub his head and ears and neck. He wagged his tail and played a little fetch before he got too cold and wanted to go back inside. Once there, he rubbed up next to me for some more love. It's impossible to imagine how horrible his old life was, where he was kept alive only to be attacked and abused and pushed close to death. There are crimes that do more damage to society than animal abuse, but people capable of inflicting this kind of torture are among the worst kind of human beings. Some dogs never come back from this kind of abuse. They become permanately incapable of interracting with people or other dogs, either paralyzed by fear or jumpy to fight anything close. So to see Fletch now, relatively happy and open to new people, is incredibly cool. If it's possible to be inspired by and look up to a dog, that's me. What will I ever go through worse than what he's already beaten?"