Foreword to Weight Loss Without Diets


This is a different kind of book about losing weight.  It's being written by a fat guy.  Let me explain.


I've been overweight, off and on, most of my life.  I've probably lost a thousand pounds.  I won weight-loss contests thirty years ago.  I'm still overweight.  Sound familiar?  Diets are temporary.  We all end up gaining back what we lost - and sometimes a few "new" pounds.  My latest foray into the land of "skinnydom" was doing my time on the Atkins all-protein diet.  I lost thirty-six pounds.  When I weighed a few months later, I weighed within half a pound of what I did when I started that diet.  Hmmm.  That doesn't sound too successful.


Recently, while my wife, Marcia, was discussing trying another fling with Dr. Atkins, I said I wasn't going to do that with her, again.  So, she got a little smart-alecky and said, "Why don't you set a goal to lose weight the way you're always telling those teenagers to do?"  That was really low.  You see, I've spent the past thirty years teaching teens how to be happy, successful and fulfilled in life.  I teach them how to decide whom they want to be in life, and then how to become that person.  I tell them that they can accomplish anything they want to in life.  They can.


In my own life, however, I've used all kinds of excuses for not getting in shape permanently.  Did I actually choose to be a fat guy?  I don't remember doing that.  Can I continue to blame my weight problem on eating when I'm stressed?  If I'm aware of a problem, then I should be able to fix it.  Right?  So, I don't really have an excuse.  Well, really loving to eat counts, doesn't it? 


When I woke up the next morning, I decided I would take her advice.  After all, she tells me that she's always right.  I weighed in this morning, March 22, 2006.  Wow!  I weighed in for the beginning of this journey, the first day of the rest of my life, at a hearty 279 pounds.  Even though that's thirteen pounds below my all-time personal best of 292 pounds, it's still about 100 pounds too much.


Over the next few months, I will share with you every thought process I go through, and every action I take in the process of changing my life.  I am taking the first step today to become a trim, healthy 59 year-old guy, instead of the fat guy I've always been.  If someone that old and set in his ways can make such a significant life change, then anyone can. By the end of this book, you will know how too.  Stick with me.

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