Posts Tagged ‘motivation’


The End of the Beginning

April 11, 2013



Well, this is the end of the beginning.  The end of Health Kwest, but the beginning of this weight loss, healthy me, new life, more knowledgeable self, lifestyle change.  Above are a few photos from before that show the tired, lazy, heavy, worn out, double chinned me, and the after (or middle really) picture of the last Day of the competition me.  70 pounds lighter and an amazing transformation of how I feel.  I’m starting to feel like the athlete again.  I’ve completed my first 5K, and I have 5 more on the books, as well as a few 10K’s, and a half marathon in November.  The biggest encouragement in the process has been being able to see the changes, as well as, others seeing the changes.  Friends and family have been a huge encouragement in the process.  From my 2 1/2 year old saying “Go Daddy”, to some of our 90 year old senior adults in our church telling me how good I look and that I have inspired them to get healthy.  (I’m thinking you’re 90 years old, my goodness, you’re pretty healthy).  My students that I work with pooled their own money together and got me and my family a 1 year YMCA membership and a gift card to Academy Sports.  I have had so much encouragement from friends on social media, and have had the opportunity to tell several people how I’ve been able to lose the weight.  As I have exercised and have watched the sweat soak through to many shirts to count, I see the “before” me.  I see the guy who would sit on the couch and down a whole pizza with cheese sticks while drinking a two liter Mountain Dew.  I have done more exercise in the last 60 days than I did all of last year, I am certain.  I have a great group of friends that keep me accountable and exercise with me.  I have learned that I can stay on an elliptical for hours and never get tired of it.  I have also learned that the more friends that can keep you accountable to something, the harder you work.  I am headed the right direction with all of the exercise.     The new me with food deals with monitoring and journaling to see what I am putting into my body.  Just as I have tracked my mileage, I am tracking what I eat.  Throughout this contest, I have eaten oatmeal and peanut butter for breakfast, an great Genghis Grill lunch, and then eaten vegetable soup or a smoothie for dinner.  Will I eat pizza after the competition is over?  Sure.  Will it be the whole pizza, and cheese sticks, and a 2 liter of Mountain Dew.  Not so much.  I have learned that calories and carbs are these things that have meaning in our lives.  Eating sensibly is going to be a huge part of keeping a healthy lifestyle.  I saw the quote the other day, “Eat to live, Don’t live to eat”.  Before Health Kwest, I lived to eat.  I would wake up in the morning feeling like P Ditty… that’s not right.  I would wake up in the morning, already thinking about what I was going to indulge myself on for lunch.  Aint nobody got time for that.  It was definitely no wonder I was almost at 400 pounds.  This is the end of a really good thing for me.  Health Kwest has been great.  Thanks Genghis Grill, Corporate, Chiara, Brad, Keith, James, Kiana, Tara, Annette, Skippy, and everyone else at our store.  Your encouragement has been great.  This is the end of the contest, but the beginning of the race for the ultimate goal.



Health Kwest Day 11 “I have a dream

February 21, 2013

I have a dream.  I have a dream that one day, I can tie my shoes without propping myself on a wall, and putting my foot on a chair.  I have a dream that one day I will be flexible enough for my socks to go on with ease.  This may be a little overdramatic, but these things would be great.  What would also be great, to me, is going to Six Flags and being able to ride the rides again.  Being told that you are too big to get on the roller coasters is not fun (especially in front of your whole youth group).  That same dream applies to seatbelt extenders on airplanes (which have been offered to me several times).  I have a dream that when I go to a restaurant that sitting in booths will not be an issue.  I had noticed them getting pretty snug.  Those booths have just shrunk over the years.  I have a dream that I don’t have to shop in the Big and Tall section of stores.  The word “husky” from my childhood still haunts me. I have a dream that my energy level will be even greater, the further into this Khantest that we go. I already have more energy after only 11 days of health kwest than I have had in a long time.  I have a dream that I can look in the mirror again and see the athlete that I know is somewhere inside.  I used to play three sports (football, soccer, and track) in high school and two in college (football, and track).  I am still an athlete who wants to compete on the inside.  Right now it just looks like I ate an athlete.  I am putting everything I have competitively into this competition, because I like a challenge, and because I know that with the effort, comes results.  What a great way to get jump-started back to good health than a Khantest.  I have a dream that I will be back to running 10 K’s with no issues, and if we are dreaming big here, I see myself winning this Khantest and completing a half and full marathon this year.  There you go, that’s a dream!


Found some motivation

April 19, 2010

Guess what.  I unintentionally found some motivation this morning.  I am in a wedding in a month and three days and I don’t quite fit into my suit.  I will, but I don’t yet.  Back to Weight Watchers tonight to assess the damage report and exercise tonight.  I’ll let you know what we are looking at maybe later tonight.  All I know is that I have two inches to lose in a jacket, and I CAN do it.  Running, eliptical, bike, teadmill, eating healthy, here I come.