Monday, September 16, 2013

The night before…

Nine years ago I weighed in the mid-400’s…


… that’s me wedging my ample ass into a seat at Safeco Field in Seattle. It would take a car accident 18-months later to wake me up to the need for change. After joining WeightWatchers and spending an inordinate amount of time at the gym. I lost over 130 lbs.

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Unfortunately, spending a great deal of time at the gym wasn’t sustainable once I began the journey through divorce and grad school. Neither of those activities are advisable for someone who eats his feelings. Two more years later and I was once again bumping up against 400 lbs.


I’ve sincerely tried to capture lightning in a bottle again, without success. As I’ve talked about previously in this blog, I am pursuing weight-loss surgery. As a part of that process, I am required to lose 20 lbs. in addition to a number of other screening processes. At my last appointment I was down 12 lbs. I have another appointment tomorrow. If I make the 20 lbs., then they can schedule the surgery.

My fingers are crossed.


  1. I wish you all the best! Good luck!

  2. There's some emerging research about what makes peoples metabolisms so different and it's coming out that guy bacteria have a LOT to do with it.

    They've essentially done what amounts to poop transfers and solved a lot of metabolism issues. It's fascinating.

    And me, my optimal weight is 165 for my height. I'd look like a skeleton. I'm currently at 210 and have been for over a decade.