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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.


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

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This was taken in September of 2006 for Upward football. The recent shot was taken on today, 3/30/08.
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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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