Doctor Oz, who is a frequent guest on our radio show, read this blog and asked me to write an article for his website. It was a huge honor just to be asked. I am writing this blog for very personal reasons, but it helps to know that people read it. It helps even more to know that some of them actually like it. I don't foresee this turning into a side job, but it is nice to know that I can still write. I hope that my journalism professors and my high school English teacher, Mrs. Gibbens, would be proud.
Stand-up comedy on the other hand is something I have always dreamed of pursuing beyond parties and open mic nights. I am not going to quit my day job and sacrifice everything in order to pursue such a career. However, I have kept working on material and practicing my delivery just to hang on to the dream. It's also a lot of fun.
Killer Beaz has also been a frequent guest on our show. He has been my friend for over a decade now. I have never asked him for help. I didn't want to put him in that position. However, during a show in Baton Rouge a few weeks ago I got the chance to open for him and he was impressed. He invited me to open for him on Saturday and it went very well. Now, I have a gig in Huntsville, AL doing stand-up comedy on New Year's Eve. It's amazing how things can happen so unexpectedly.
I want to do all of these things that I enjoy. I just can't lose sight of my goals. I can't let food get in the way any more than it already has.
I didn't walk at all this week. I'm not going to offer any excuses except to say that there just wasn't any time. I know that's not good enough. I have to find ways to exercise even when I'm extremely busy.
This is not going to be an easy journey. Sometimes, it's important to remind ourselves of that. If I lost one pound every week for two years, I would still weigh 240 pounds. My life would be radically different. It would be a vast improvement, but I would still not be done.
I would still be obese.
This is a marathon, not a sprint. I need to just keep on walking and do my best to enjoy the walk...
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Last week I averaged about 2400 calories per day, but I only walked 17,000 steps. I lost 3 pounds.
I have lost 26.2 pounds total (in 63 days).
Here's a bonus picture from my stand-up routine on Saturday night. I have no idea what story I'm telling in this picture, but I bet it was a good one...