A Turning Point and The 300's Will Be Gone Forever
Our thoughts and prayers are with Irene's dad tonight. He's in the hospital suffering from congestive heart failure. The doctor is very optimistic that he'll pull through. If there ever was a wake up call for someone, this is it for him. I've written about him before. I was so happy to see him in the third row as I spoke at the “Lose To Win” kick off event back in February. I think he really learned something about me that night, and I certainly learned something about him. He took away a better understanding of the struggles my weight had put upon his daughter and our family and I discovered that this big burly macho truck driver of a man really did care about his health and was ready to do something. He and I have had differences in the past, mainly stemming from Irene and my teenage years. Over time our relationship has changed dramatically for the better. It's amazing what time can do for our differences. It was so refreshing to see him at the kick-off seminar and a few other programs. It was awesome to see him losing weight and feeling a difference. But like me in the past and so many others today, he struggled hard. He's since gained back everything he's lost this year and now this hospitalization is a major turning point for him. I pray that he has an opportunity to choose the direction he turns. We'll do whatever we can to encourage him and show him a positive example, but as you know, ultimately the choices are his to make. Judging from his desires at that “Lose To Win” kick off event, I have a feeling he has some good choices in his immediate future. I certainly hope and pray so.
I was overwhelmed with blog comments and e-mail congratulations about getting the part in the play. Thank you! It was an awesome thing. I really look forward to learning as I go, “acting as if” while I open my mind and allow the direction to tune my inexperienced rawness. I have a feeling that this is going to be a wonderful thing in my life. It feels very natural. I think my years in stand-up in front of live audiences will really come in handy. But this is different. And different is good. It really is.
Tomorrow is a big day. I'll weigh-in tomorrow afternoon and at this point I should be in the 290's. I'm fairly confident of this. The 300's will be gone forever! Several people have told me that I look much smaller already and I thank them for the compliment. All I can say is: I'm blessed to be 6'3. That has been the key to my survival over the years. It's allowed me to “carry” my weight well. Although I think telling myself that helped me rationalize bad choices my entire life. To get below 300 for the first time since fifteen is such a monumental thing for me. I'm already wearing the same size jeans I did back then, it's an amazing feeling. I'll be excited to send out that weigh day update tomorrow via e-mail, text, and Twitter. And I can't wait to write about the experience.
I interviewed Tony “The Anti-Jared” Posnanski tonight. It certainly wasn't what I expected. Isn't it funny how we form impressions of people and then sometimes we discover we didn't have it right? I came away with an amazing understanding of his approach and philosophy. The interview will be edited for time and available Thursday evening. In the meantime, please press play on the MP3 player and listen to the promotional announcement for this interview. I'll soon have all of the blog audio accessible anytime. Looking for the Jack Sh*t interview? It'll be back soon in a different location within this blog. I'm also putting up a poll question asking who you would like to hear from in my next interview. Whichever blogger wins the poll, I'll e-mail them with an official interview request.
I'm headed to bed a little earlier tonight. Tomorrow starts a new schedule that includes afternoon workouts and late afternoon writing before play rehearsal. Thank you for reading. Goodnight and...