Getting back on the horse

So.  I’m back at it.

I’ve been at peace with my decision over the past two years to live comfortably in my own skin.  I’ve been pretty content and happy.  And contrary to popular opinion as far as obesity goes, I’m healthy too.  Blood pressure is fine, and there is no evidence of diabetes in my blood work.  Everything normal; everything fine.

Yet, there are some things I’d like to do in this world that my weight prevents me from doing.  I will list them in an order that matters most to me.

  • Riding horses
  • Wearing great clothes
  • Presenting to large audiences
  • Traveling
  • Being taken seriously professionally
  • Dating

For various reasons, obesity interferes with all of the above.  I recognize that I am limiting my ability to live more fully and depriving myself of my own enjoyment.  I have no one to blame for this except myself.  And I’m the only one who can get this done.

That said, a friend of mine told me about a program here in Austin launched by hometown hero/runner and entrepreneurial rock star Paul Carrozza.  There are actually two programs, ATX100 and ATX50.  I went to the ATX50 meeting on Saturday, but the lecture was combined with the ATX100 group, and it seems like that one is the more logical choice for me.  The program is a series of lectures, pep talks, exercise, and discounts on a variety of merchandise and health-related programs.   One of their key sponsor partners is MyFitFoods which has retail outlets in several Austin locations.  I signed up for the “21-day Challenge” yesterday too.  It started today and will end on Christmas eve.  Fairly certain if I can make it the 21 days, I’ll be committed enough to continue the program.

Also, just last week I heard about a new startup HealthRally that two of my friends are behind. I’m hoping I can get an early invite, and see if I can crowdsource some support with getting to my “Fifty percent off” by next year this time.

I’ll be posting here about the journey, so I hope you’ll join in the fun.  I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of complaining, but maybe some entertainment too.

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