Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.  -- Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Because of decades of consistently bad small choices in all areas of my life, my weight had ballooned me into the morbidly obese category, I was suffering from depression, had a series of life-threatening illnesses for more than 18 months and wondered if I would ever feel "normal" again.  

Sometimes we cannot count on another person to lift us up, heal us or make us feel complete.  It's up to each one of us to take care of and love ourselves like the precious beings we are.  I strongly believe that in order to properly love others, you have to love yourself first.  Recognizing that your loved ones not only count on you be there as long as possible, but also benefit from your increased energy and positive feelings of self-worth should be enough to get the ball rolling to a healthier and happier you.  How does this happen?  By the small choices we make every single day.  

Before I tell you anything else about myself, I'd like you to know that I'm not an expert in any aspect of life.  My journey to a healthier, happier life is nowhere near my aspirations.  I have lost more than 50 65 pounds since changing my lifestyle 10 11 months ago, but I still have many more to go ... and I'm sure there will be obstacles along the way.  With so much fat left to eliminate from my body, it would be easy to get down on myself when comparing myself to others, looking in the mirror, trying on clothes, etc.  However, I try to make small choices every day that celebrate my victories, such as fitting more comfortably in a movie theater seat or being able to walk a few miles without having sore feet the next day.  I'm not giving myself a time limit on weight loss, but I plan to consistently improve my mobility, health, self-perception and my impact on the world.    

My deepest wishes for sharing what I have learned and experienced is to help others on their journey to a more healthy life and ultimately a better world.