Why, you say, undertake this daunting project? Health craze? New Year's resolution? No! The answer is simple: it's time. For much of my childhood and teen years I was overweight. Although I have always been blessed to have a very positive self-image, I knew that being overweight was not good for me. Health wise, I run a higher risk of developing heart disease, hypertension, and a myriad of other complications. Socially, I understand the uneasiness that exists for overweight people from the schoolhouse to the workplace--even extending to family relationships and casual events. Can anybody say, "Pool parties?"
Well, I'm closing in on 40. Time to take the proverbial bull by the horns. I began working on a series of personal development goals during the first half of 2009. As I was deciding which goals to tackle first, I was struck by three (3) distinct situations in which I was admonished not to try to multi-task. Trying to accomplish multiple goals at the same time, I was told, would leave me with dissatisfying results and, probably, without achieving ANY of my goals. I resolved to attempt only one goal at a time--one per quarter. My first goal was to re-learn driving a stick shift. I bought an old VW Jetta and hit the streets. By September 2009--success! I achieved the level of comfort with the stick that I was aiming for. In October 2009, I set out to begin learning Spanish. By the end of the year, I had developed quite a proficiency for reading Spanish, speaking and understanding several key phrases, and even texting in Spanglish with my teenage daughter. While I had originally planned to take up the harmonica during this first quarter of 2010, I had to reprioritize. I believe that God answered my prayer for losing weight and becoming healthier by giving me a very sustainable plan to accomplish a very attainable goal: using 30 tips that I had learned to lose 60 pounds in 90 days. On to bigger (no pun intended) and better goals!
I wonder what it will be like? I have spent the vast (no pun intended here either) majority of my life as an overweight person. What will change? Socially? Health wise? Introspectively? It is all to be revealed here, culminating in a climactic reveal on March 31, 2009! Stay tuned!