Friday, July 1, 2016


Wow! How exciting! I really did not expect this. To be honest, I did not eat very well yesterday and was feeling kind of bummed about it because I thought I was going to gain weight today as a result. I did work hard though since the previous weigh in. Maybe I would have lost a lot more weight had I not made some poor choices yesterday. Maybe this is just one of those examples of calorie cycling where I am not letting my body adjust to my calorie goals. Either way, I met my first weight loss goal!

Since my previous weigh in on June 27th I have lost a shade over two (2.2) pounds. That brings my total weight loss to date up to a little more than eight (8.2) pounds. My current weight is 349.8 pounds. My first goal was to weigh less than 350 pounds. I just barely made it!

I am getting ready to leave for my vacation to Idaho and so I probably need to keep this short. As I had mentioned, I am so shocked to have made my goal. There were really just a few days between weigh ins. While it is always fun to meet a goal, it is important to keep my eye on the prize. I cannot let up now. My new short term goal will be 340 pounds. Just to recap, my long term goal is to weigh in below 200 pounds. By keeping both short and long term goals, I am hoping to keep myself focused on moving forward.

For anyone else on this journey with me, don't be discouraged with set backs. We cannot control the past. We can only control what we do now. I am writing this down for myself also. I am happy with my results today, but maybe the next weigh in will not be as positive. Sometimes, the effort will not match the results and that is not the end of the world. That effort may show up down the road. The body is a funny thing and doesn't always respond right away. I know it is easy to get discouraged, but like some other things in life, positive actions don't always produce immediate results.

My next weigh in will (hopefully) be from the beautiful state of Idaho. I cannot wait to get on the road. I love to drive and spend time with my kids and parents. I envy those of you that live close to your parents. As I travel the road of life I am reminded that we are all finite. I have more body aches and pains than I ever did before. There will come a day when I cannot pick up the phone and hear my parents voices.

By the same token, that is the exact reason that I must do what I can to drop this weight. There will come a day when my girls will not be able to pick up the phone and hear my voice. I MUST DO WHATEVER I CAN TO PREVENT THAT DAY FROM BEING SOONER RATHER THAN LATER!!! I want to see my kids grow up and have children of their own. I want to live a long time and maybe even be a great grandfather! That won't happen if I don't live my life with intention.

I apologize if this post seems preachy. I just get excited when I get to go to my hometown, see my parents, and appreciate the scenery. Where I am from in Idaho is a beautiful place and I love it. Life is a beautiful thing and I don't want to waste it. Safe travels for those of you also hitting the road this summer. Have fun and enjoy time with friends and family! I look forward to next time. Goodbye.

PS. I also apologize if this post is all over the place. My mind is in a lot of different places trying to remember to pack everything and getting ready for the trip in general. Isn't it funny, I said the post would be short. Haha.


  1. Hi Sheldon! So happy to read your post and it wasn't all over the place cause every bit of it came from your heart! I too am on a weeks vacation although not that far from home.(Gold Canyon AZ) I have been perfect on my diet but last night ate a few things I shouldn't have! It's now behind me! Today is a new day! I find the pounds not coming off so much on the scale but I notice inches coming off! Well just want to tell you enjoy your trip with your family! Time is precious!

    1. Thanks, I hope that you enjoy your trip as well. Keep at it!