About Me

 

Who am I?

Well, let’s see.  I’m a 39-year-old guy.  I’m married, and I have a daughter.  I work as an IT analyst, and I was introduced to technology by my late father at a very young age.  I am also a singer & songwriter, and an aspiring recording artist.

I love my family, I like watching NFL football and college basketball, I like to cook, and I’m into tech-DIY.

I’m 6 feet 3 inches tall, and as I write this introduction I currently weigh approximately 370 pounds.  That translates to a body mass index of 46.2, which by the definition of the CDC, makes me obese.  I’ve been overweight since I was 14, and I have struggled for a very long time with failed attempts to lose this weight and live a healthier lifestyle.  I am also an emotional eater and I was diagnosed with clinical depression at the age of 24.

Currently, I use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help me sleep, and I take medication for pre-hypertension and depression.

I’m being transparent with my struggles because when I reach my goal, I hope that maybe I can inspire someone just as so many other people’s journeys and struggles have inspired me.  I am also being fully transparent to myself about my struggles so I can look back and objectify this place in my life as a place to move on from.

What am I doing?

I’m going to journal one year of a real lifestyle change.  Currently, I get in light exercise no more than 2-3 times per week and I struggle constantly with food – making nutritious choices and consuming proper portions.  I also have not taken the proper proactive attitude toward resolving my other issues.  That all changes now.

This site will have four sections – the Blog, the Sunday Meal Prep Journal, the Recipe Archive, and the STATurday Updates.  I will post my personal thoughts in the Blog.  How I’m feeling, a Bible scripture or motivational quote that inspired me, whatever.  Anything could end up there.  The Sunday Meal Prep Journal is just that – I’ll post about the meals I make for myself for the week.  The Recipe Archive is also exactly what it sounds like – links to recipes I’ve used for my Sunday Meal Prep.  Just in case I may want to try something again, or document a tweak I did to a recipe that worked better for me.  And finally, the STATurday Updates is where I will post my weekly weigh-ins and measurement checks.

These regular updates will give me the self-imposed accountability I am seeking throughout this journey.

What are my goals?

I’m giving myself one year.  I turn 40 on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016.  That is my goal date.  My finish line, if you will.  What am I leaving behind when I cross the finish line?  Obesity.  Emotional eating.  Self deprecation.  All the things that I let weigh me down and get in the way of enjoying life.  When I cross my proverbial finish line next May 24th, my plan is to achieve the following:

  • BMI below 30
  • Weight below 240 pounds
  • No more medication for pre-hypertension
  • No more medication for depression
  • No more CPAP for sleeping

And don’t get it twisted.  Next May 24th is not the end of the journey.  This will be a lifestyle change for me.  This year will not be a means to an end, but rather the setting and refining of a new foundation in my life.

And I invite you to join me.

Stay tuned.

#improveMEnt

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