Archive for March, 2008

A Goal Realized

March 30, 2008 5 comments

I have said before that I am not really a goal setter. I have hopes and dreams but ask me where I want to be in 5-years and you will get a blank look. “Uh… I don’t know.” I guess I just wander around shiftlessly living in the moment. Or maybe I just don’t want to set goals that I may or may not reach. But one thing is for sure – with steadfast determination (or obsession) I have been able to reach a goal that I have. And look at me… I guess I can do it.

For after 267 days, about 1,200 miles of walking I have reached my weight loss goal and have lost 100 lbs. I cannot believe it. I went from size 50 pants to size 36. I went from wearing XXL – XXXL shirts to now wearing a large. I don’t think I have been this size since high school. Some of my college friends tell me that they have never seen me this small. It is really amazing.

The first question I am asked is “How are you doing it?” The answer is that by walking three times a day and reducing my calories to less than 1,800/day it has just melted off. But it has taken a long time. And I can guarantee you one thing. I will never go back there. It just won’t happen. It has taken too much for me to get here and here is where I am going to stay.

So imagine… me with a goal. I actually did it. Honestly, I don’t think I did it at all. Because of my predisposition that precludes goal setting, along with my love for food, I don’t really take credit for this at all. Sure I got up and sweated but I am certain the determination and focus came from God. He has led me here and now I am tasting the sweet water of being healthy. And for the first time in my life, I feel like I just might be around to see my grandkids grow up (whenever that happens…). That is really awesome.

So take a look at these pictures and see for yourself what a great work God has done in me.

I was wearing a size 50 pants but now am into a size 36. I have not been in this size probably since high school.

This shot was taken in 2005 for our church pictorial directory. The recent one was taken at Easter 2008.

This was taken in September of 2006 for Upward football. The recent shot was taken on today, 3/30/08.
I can hardly believe my eyes. My blood pressure is lower (without medication for the first time in 20 years) and I feel so much better with more energy. I have been told that I am half of the man I used to be. Technically, I am 2/3 of the man that I used to be. I have lost 33% of my original body weight. So, there it is, dear readers. Mark this day down on your calendars as the day Donny realized a goal. Who knows if that will ever happen again? It is simply amazing.
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