My name is Steve and I’m overweight.

I haven’t always been a big guy, it kind of snuck up on me over the years (as I ignored it). When I graduated high school and joined the Navy, I weighed in at 160 pounds. I was too skinny then, but I never thought I’d eclipse the 200 mark, yet I did. I am now 5′ 11″ and 208 pounds which sounds good if you’re built like a linebacker, but I’m not. I’m built like a guy who sits at a desk for 8 hours a day and doesn’t do much physically when I get home. All that is going to change.

So why now, and why this blog?

I’m 38 years old, with a lovely wife and 2 great young boys. I’ve ignored it for quite a long time, but I finally woke up to the reality that my weight is effecting my family and me in ways I can’t ignore any more. A few examples are:

  • I can’t sleep with my wife, because my weight makes me snore (and I shake the house when I snore)
  • I can’t be as active with my kids – I’m limited in what I can do with them and for how long
  • I don’t do as much around the house because I have no energy
  • My kid’s friends have called me fat. And while it bothers me, I’m sure my kids don’t feel too good when they’re told they have a fat dad.
  • Small amounts of physical exertion (like climbing a few flights of stairs to my car) make me break out in a light sweat.

I’ve tried once or twice to shed a few pounds, sometimes with decent success, other times with none. Any gains (weight loss) I’ve ever made were only temporary. I never thought I’d be a yo-yo dieter, but I guess I was.

So that’s why I’ve created this blog. My thinking is that if I put this out in the public, I have my family and this blog to be accountable to. I will post this blog URL in my signature for the the Belly Off! 2008 discussion forums and put it out there for everyone to read.

Hopefully everyone gets something out of this. I’ll get motivation from posting to my blog and reading comments which will lead to my successful weight loss. Readers will get motivated by following my progress, learning from my mistakes and successes and hopefully getting some ideas along the way to help them. And finally (but most importantly), my family will get a healthier, happier, more active and helpful husband and dad.

Disclaimer

I am not a health expert, heck I’m not an expert in anything for that matter. The information I share on this site is my own opinion based on my own experiences. If you want professional advice, please ask your questions on the MH’s Belly Off! 2008 forums.

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