I am passionate about music.

I have never been the kind of person who “loves” an artist. My brother loves Bruce Springsteen, my Mom loves Elvis, and my wife loves Madonna. There is no artist that I love. I do, however, love certain songs. They put me in a place in the past, or they remind me of a place I want to be in the future. here are some examples:

“Lost in Emotion” Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam- This song reminds me of being an eleven year old, 200+ guy at the seventh grade dance, standing on the side of the gym not dancing.

“This is How We Do It” Montell Jordan- This was the song I heard the first time I lifted weights. I was bench pressing 95 pounds, and could not lift it off of me. My friends were laughing.

“Cats in the Cradle” Harry Chapin– How I will always be there for my family, just like my Dad was there for me.

“Walking in Memphis” Marc Cohn– My brother Joe told me that I would like this song. I always idolized my brother, so it did not matter if I really did like it or not, I was going to like it because he told me I would like it.The good thing is he was right, I really did like it.

“Smack That” Akon– Okay, so this song does not motivate me at all!
Is it me, or has Akon made every single song in 2008. Every song is sung by, featuring, or remixed by Akon. Also, is he the same person as T.I. and T-Pain.

My favorite song of all time is Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”.
Ever since I heard that song when it came out twenty years ago, I loved it. I liked the beat, and at the time, the “King of Pop” was cool. Well, he was starting to become weird, but to a chubby teenager, he was cool.
I was reminded of that song today when I was at the gym. I was working out, when I looked in the mirror, and saw someone that I have never seen before next to me. He was working out hard, and wearing the same stupid black had that I was wearing.
That guy was me!
For the first time ever, I did not recognize myself. I looked good! I looked confident. I was not the same person that I was before. I was thinner, and did not look 33 years of age.
I have heard people tell me I have lost weight, and I look better, but sometimes it goes in one ear and out the other. It is not to be mean, but sometimes it is hard to believe.
Today I believed it. For the first time in nine months, I saw a huge difference! When I saw myself, I thought of the first lyric of “Man in the Mirror”:

“I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life”

That is exactly what I did. I finally did the impossible. I have been diligent with eating and working out. I have made a commitment, a true full commitment.
For once, I truly made it. Who knows, maybe one day I will be on those talk shows talking about my weight loss. Or I will have a 30 minute infomercial about a piece of workout equipment, or I will be a district manager for WW, or some other weight loss company.

I am not sure about that. I was working out to hard to ask the man in the mirror.

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