The Picture

You always hear about people having that light bulb moment.  Sometimes it is something simple, like a picture.  Sometimes things take a more serious turn – an emergency room trip, a sudden health problem.  And sometimes, randomness – not being able to close the safety bar on a roller coaster, not being able to find a single article of clothing that legitimately fits at the mall, maybe a stray comment from a loved one or a stranger. WHAT it was is less important than THAT it was.

My moment came in April of 2012.  We took my 6 month old son to visit my parents, and came back with this picture:

The guy that ate Matthew…

The next week I bought a scale and signed up for Weight Watchers.  Six months later a friend urged me to join a Ragnar Relay team, and the following week I bought a pair of shoes and started running.

I started at 327 pounds, and got all the way down to 272 before momentum halted in July of 2014.  In July of 2015, I got all the way back up to 323 pounds (with high blood pressure to match), and made the decision that the yo-yo-ing is ridiculous.  It took me nearly another year to finally admit that I needed help … and I walked through the door of my local CrossFit location and changed my life forever.

I’ve got a family, a career, and a busy life, and I live my life in a constant state of hunger. This blog is going to be about all of those things.  I want to grow old and see my boys become men and raise their own families, and so it is time to control the hunger.  At least mostly.  I need to channel that hunger into the things I love – I will live in a constant state of hunger, but I will be hungry for knowledge, and adventure, and joy.

This will be my story.  Come with me.

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