Definitive Proof

You know, sometimes you just feel like tooting your own horn. And right now it’s my turn.

As you all know, I’ve been battling my weight and have been trying to lose a little more each day. It’s something I’ve pretty much been doing all my life but decided this year I’m sticking to it for good.

I had to go to the doctor today for what she later determined was a bad sinus infection. (Three prescriptions and $67 later, I believe it.) I’ve had it for over two weeks and finally got the chance to get medical attention today. As is customary, she examined my weight from my last few visits and needless to say, she was impressed. And so was I, so much so that I asked if I could shoot a picture of the on-screen graph of my progress.

And here it is:

While I’m a bit embarrassed to show my weight from then and even now, I think the graph and plots tell the real story here. When I went for a visit back in 2005 I tipped the scales at–Jesus Christ–297 pounds. And as you can see by the last plot, my current weight is 257 or so (depending on which I believe–mine or the doctor’s). That’s a total of 40 pounds lost in a little over years and although it sounds like I’m still a blimp, I don’t feel like one. I guess it’s a state of mind.

Additionally, the doctor confirmed that I don’t have any of the diseases I was (blood) tested for: Hepatitis, diabetes, and even my so-called good cholesterol is right where it should be. Despite being a big guy I’m healthy, although I do realize I’m still at risk and there’s a lot of work yet to be done.

Sure, a bit more than 10 pounds per year doesn’t sound like a big deal. But after looking at that graph and seeing that it’s only gone down I’m beginning to realize that yes, it really is.

I hope this image serves as an inspiration for those out there that are fighting the same battle: stick to it, people. Not only is it proof-positive that you can indeed do it, you’ll feel so much better once those pounds are gone.

My goal is still to be at 200 pounds by the time I’m 40. I’d better get busy 🙂

Leap Day Survey for 2008

Well, seein’s today is February 29, I’ve decided to post a little quiz that everybody is free to plagiarize and post as they see fit elsewhere. In fact I will probably post it to my–blecch–MySpace page as well.

Based on the happenings in the world today, the object is to get your opinion of how you think they will have changed by the next Leap Day in 2012. For example, “Will you be driving the same car? If no, then what will you be driving?”

The questions are broken into a few different categories just for fun. And as always, there are just a few simple rules:

  • Answer “yes” or “no” not “maybe”
  • Explanations are allowed if necessary

Ready? Here we go.

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