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Over the years, I’ve struggled keeping my weight down. In high school, I entered my freshman year at 120 lbs. By the time I left, I was around 145. College years came and went, and 150 to 160 is where I bounced around at. It wasn’t until 2003 while working at Metro Davidson County that I hit my then-record of 193.

Fueled by a desire to not look back at my wedding pictures with scorn, I started trying to lose weight in July 2006. From then until October 14th, I went from 184 lbs. to 153. It’s the best I’d felt since high school, and I love every single wedding and honeymoon photo we took.

But time has a way of making you forget, and Zaxby’s has a way of making you put off good behavior for just one more day. By the time my first daughter, Kelsen, was born on July 2nd, 2009, I was back up in the 180′s. After her birth, I told myself, “Now is the time. Your grandfather died of a heart attack. Obesity is killing America. You don’t just need to be healthy – you need to be a good father. Your eating isn’t just dangerous – it’s selfish to the people who need you in their lives for as long as God has planned.”

Every time I looked at an extra piece of pizza, a candy bar, or that double-Whopper with cheese, I tried to keep that thought in mind. I made it down to 170, back into my favorite 34/30 Levi’s 514 Slim Straight jeans, and I was feeling pretty good.  One more pound to the 160′s … but I never made it. I ended up with tennis elbow that put my racquetball playing on hiatus for nearly a year, and it was hard to stay motivated to work out when you couldn’t make it into a game. Shortly after, we found out Baby #2 was on its way! A joyous occasion, for sure, but money was already tight, and I decided not to renew my gym membership when it ran out mid-June. By the time Haley was born, I was back in the 180′s and kidding myself with the same old “I’ll start tomorrow” or “I already blew this week. I’ll start fresh on Monday” stories.

The New Year brought a new low (or rather, a new high); I stepped on the scale and it read 198. Wow. When you’re so fat that Wii Fit tells you it’s worried about you and blows up your Mii to resemble something closer to John Candy than what you think you see in the mirror, it’s time to change. I made a new resolution to lose the weight, and to stick to it.

The first time I lost weight, it was honestly a little too easy. 31 pounds in 3 months doing nothing but counting calories. I felt great about it and I’m glad I lost the weight before our wedding, but it gave me a bit of a false sense of “I’ve got this under control.” The second time I had more conviction as a new dad, but I was discouraged by the fact that 3 years after my first good run, my body wasn’t burning off the fat like it used to. Counting calories was a pain, and I started just guessing here and there as I recorded them. Then I started guessing a lot. And then I just stopped counting and guessing altogether. So this is my third go-around with the weight loss beast. But this time I’m going to get where I need to be, because even at 153 lbs. for my wedding, I was still 3 lbs. shy of what is considered a “healthy” weight for a 5’5″ male of my age. And the third time’s the charm, so I figure I’ve at least got old clichés on my side this time around.

Inspired by the new year, being a new dad for the second time, my amazing wife, my workout buddy Tyler Henson, and an app called MyFitnessPal on my EVO 4G, I decided to buckle down and do this for real. I didn’t have a real goal in mind except for “don’t be fat,” but in late January, I saw a post on Facebook from a friend linking to his blog, entitled “30 by 30.” It was a goal he had set for himself to lose 30 lbs. by his 30th birthday, and it inspired me to set my own goal. Plus I’m a sucker for a catchy mantra. I looked at my calendar … June 14th was still 4-1/2 months away, and I’d already started losing weight. This seemed like something I could do.

It only took me looking at a BMI calculator a week later to realize that 30 by 30 wasn’t going to be good enough, though. I was still considered “obese” at this point. Not even overweight … obese. And losing 30 lbs. by 30 would only mean I’d leave my 20′s behind still ringing up the scales at 168 lbs., which would still leave me well into the “overweight” category. That wasn’t going to cut it. To be considered “healthy” at my age and height, I needed to hit 150 lbs., so I set my personal goal at 148 lbs., and 50 by 30 was born.

Today is what I consider my first major milestone in that journey. Today I weighed in at 173, halfway to my goal. And I fit comfortably back into my 34/30 Levi’s 514 Slim Straight jeans, with my belt already feeling a little loose on the 2nd notch after leaving the 1st notch behind forever just a few weeks ago.  To make it even better, I am one day ahead of schedule. Today is the 81st day of the year, leaving me with 83 days until my birthday.

The first half of a weight loss goal tends to be the easiest (for me), since there are more pounds to lose and they seem to come off faster. The leaner I get, the more I definitely have to work at it. I am still inspired, though, and this recent victory has only strengthened my resolve. Next stop: 168 lbs. and a big, fat Gold Star next to “30 lbs. down” on my mental feel-good tally chart.

I’m going to be a good dad. I’m going to be a healthy dad. I’m going to be a selfless dad. And I’m going to be all of those things for my family as long as my Lord will allow me, without hindering his good works by letting food get between us.

- Dave

 

Today is Sam’s family reunion for the extended family on her mom’s side. We’re at the community center in Hilltop Rosenwald Park (literally as we speak; I’m having a live blogging moment while waiting for someone to break out the first plate of food). On to the pics!

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Off to see Inception. Parents day out – woohoo!

Update 3 hours later: Freaking awesome.

Update 2 more hours later: Still mobile, and blogging about every inconsequential thing possible. Hangin’ with the Hensons!

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With a whole new blog, courtesy of WordPress 3.0.1. Farewell, MovableType. We barely knew ye.

And hello WordPress for Android, too! The good times just keep rolling, and I’m hoping being able to blog and upload pictures straight from my phone will help me remember to update this a bit more often. Huzzah!

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I’ve got a new feel good song this week, titled “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band. Yes, it’s a very redneck title. Yes, the actual hook is just as redneck, too. But if you can get past those two little words that make up the title and hook, it’s a great song. I love the harmonies, I like the verses and the chorus (which seems to be a rarity for me more and more with new music I find), and I’m not at all ashamed to say I tend to get a little misty-eyed during the verse about the armed forces (my youngest brother Marshall is currently in Iraq, serving as a gunner on an MRAP).

The CMT video has a weird little intro, but give it a second to get to the actual song … if you enjoy country music and harmonies, I think you’ll like it.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m just late to the party on this one, but we’ve had the radio on Mix 92.9 at work this week instead of 96.3 Jack FM, and this song has been playing a bit. I love folksy, acoustic, gospel sounding music, and the video with all the happy people sealed the deal when I went to find this on YouTube. The song is “Never Alone” by Lady Antebellum.

To say today has been a frustrating day in regards to all-things-geeky would be quite the understatement. We’ve had this blog (running off MovableType (Open Source) 4.23) for all of two days, and I’m just about ready to throw in the towel and move everything over to WordPress already. I installed MT4 because it was reviewed by quite a few sites as the more robust and feature-packed of the two, but also as more of a power-user’s tool which required more tweaking out of the box. I’m fairly adept at coding, so the complexities weren’t a major concern to me (really, they were more of a plus), nor was the fact that it’s primarily coded in Perl rather than PHP. I spent the first five or so years of my programming foray writing code in Perl for an open source forum project called YaBB, short for Yet Another Bulletin Board, and I rather like the language. It’s kind of like the Hebrew of web coding languages.

Anywho … long story short (is it too late to use that idiom?), the documentation for MovableType is atrocious (when you’re lucky enough to find any sort of documentation to begin with). The FaceBook Connect plug-in that drew my attention to MovableType is still in beta and quite buggy in regards to IE7 usage, whereas there is already a WordPress plug-in to provide the same type of features and that was written by the Facebook dev team themselves.

And I still can’t get my little avatar picture to show up next to my blog entries because I keep getting an Internal Server Error 500 whenever I upload it in my control panel, and the error logs provide zero helpful information as to why this is happening (and of course, I can’t find any decent documentation from MovableType on the feature).

To cap it all off, our Comcast internet service just died all of the sudden tonight while I was trying to find a solution to any one of my numerous blogging software issues. Calling 1-800-comcast failed to get me connected to the local service center, so it looks like the call center is down, too. Fabulous. So I’ve connected my Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional phone (Sprint Mogul) to our HP tx2500z laptop and am sharing its EVDO connection via USB. It’s one of my favorite things about Vista - turn it on, plug it in, and surf the web.

At this rate, though, I’ll probably be defaming Sprint by tomorrow afternoon. Technology is so cruel.

Well, today has been an interesting day. We heard our child-to-be’s heartbeat for the second time today (153 bpm, for what it’s worth). My snazzy new Ipod Touch 32GB 2nd Gen came in today (dedicated volume buttons, ya’ll!). And Sam’s replacement Sprint Mogul came in to replace her aging Sprint PPC-6700 (Apache). Though we’ll just be selling the Mogul on eBay since she already got the uber-geekified HTC Touch Pro for Christmas (from me!). We got it activated today, and found out three things in the process:

    1. The chances of talking to someone who speaks English intelligibly (much less natively) is still about 50 to 1 when calling Sprint after 1:00 p.m. CST.
    2. Sprint’s built-in navigation features are pretty slick looking. I’m curious how TeleAtlas maps (the same folks who provide TomTom with their mapping data) will compare to Garmin Mobile, which I run on my Sprint Mogul.
    3. SprintTV is a lot cooler than I anticipated it being. The Office and 30 Rock on-demand? Sign me up! That, combined with built-in Youtube browser and Slingbox Mobile, and there are a bunch of really good looking streaming multimedia applications you can access pretty much anywhere you get an EVDO signal.

This is the first post ever in my personal (and our family’s combined) blog, so I’m going to go ahead and end this here. I’m not sure if this post will even make it to press, since I’m still feeling a little “iffy” about how all this MovableType magic-in-a-box works.