Monday, February 27, 2012

This is my first post (and probably my longest)

This is me and my girlfriend Gina at my cousin's wedding.  4 years ago, my cousin James got married to one of the nicest women you could ever meet.  They are such a great couple and it seems as if they have it all... a great relationship, a house, great careers.  I don't think I've ever told Jimmy but I look up to him.  I hope to one day have everything that I want.

So, fast-forward to 2011, I'm at work and my boss introduces me to some diet that he was selling.  At first I was like, "Oh great David is trying to sell this crap to everyone."  I ignored him for about a week or two before I finally gave in, and do you know why I gave in?  I gave in because I needed to give in.  I weighed 298 pounds in late 2011 and I needed to change that.

That picture up there shows my beautiful girlfriend of 4 years and then it shows me right next to her, at around 215 pounds.  I used to play basketball back in the day, but at the time this picture was taken I was not active by any means, but I was at a comfortable weight and lifestyle.  I wanted to get back to the old me.

"How did you gain so much weight?" you ask...  Well, several different factors contributed.  I think now the biggest factor was an event that happened on Wednesday, July 1st 2009.  I will never forget this day.  This was the day my entire life was crumpled up into a ball and tossed in the trash.  This was the day my mother was murdered inside her own home (news story here).

I tried my best to stay strong.  I was the only one in my family that would have to handle talking to the media, the police, the insurance companies, the funeral home, and just about any other person or place I had to deal with.  It was a chaotic circus.  Over the years, I have to admit that depression got the best of me, and sometimes it still does.  I ate my way to comfort and over the next 3 years I would gain nearly 100 pounds... and who knows what other kinds of unhealthy damage was done to my body.

OK, so, anyway... back to this "diet" that I eventually gave in to.  It's called the Body By Vi 90-Day Challenge, and I found out quickly that it was not a diet.  Instead, I found it was a tool to help me reach whatever goals I had to reach.  My initial goal before I started my 90 day challenge was to lose 30 pounds.  It sounded attainable... only 10 pounds per month... easy enough, right?

Alright so I take the challenge and I immediately lose 7 pounds in my first week.  I was all like, "Heck yes!!" and I was suddenly inspired even more.  A month goes by and I'm down 15 pounds... another month goes by and now I'm at 25... the last month goes by and I beat my goal and I have dropped a total of 30.5 pounds!  It wasn't easy, but the dedication was worth it.  I also had help from an amazing team of supporters.  I cannot wait to start my second challenge!

So now, I'm typing this first post on my new blog.  I want to share with the world how amazing this challenge  is and how amazing it has been to me.  I am 30 pounds lighter, I have more energy, I am helping others lose weight, and I have a little extra money in the bank!  I have made new life-long friends and I feel like I am doing more now than I have ever done before.

Thank you for reading my first post.  I promise to keep future posts as short and interesting as possible!  Would you like to take the 90-day challenge with me?  Just go to my web site and check us out!

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