I received this comment a few days ago:

Anonymous said…
Your blog is spot on.However, you have to give the real Jared credit, he lost a bunch of weight (though didn’t put on the muscle you have put on) and has kept it off for more than a decade and he has turned himself into a brand and likely makes a good income for himself and his family. Not too shabby.It seems you are also trying to create a brand. You won’t “sell out” to a corporation. It looks like you are trying to create a brand based on your personality which will eventually generate some income for you and your family. Again, not too shabby.How come we haven’t seen any pics (perhaps I have missed them) since 8/21? I suspect the next set of pics is going to show a very lean and ripped muscular person (not that you aren’t pretty close in your 8/21 picture) so that you can say you are one of the few to not only lose 200+ lbs but create a body builder physique at the same time (naturally).I think you have a business plan (brand defined by 200+ lb weight loss while working in a restaurant not eating in one, maintained for 24 months, very muscular but not muscle-bound build, done naturally and simply though not easily, straight talker but still humble, devoted family man, and not afraid to make people angry) and as a true capitalist, I respect that.Though I respect your lifestyle change and results more — I have made acceptable progress in the last 6 months but have 3-4 months to go to fit into my goal clothes and I only have an outline for a maintenance plan — still need to complete the mind shift that the habits I have now are basically what I need to do forever.Thanks for taking the time to write this blog.I look forward to the day when some TV show figures this out and has you and Jared on at the same time. Though I don’t think Subway would allow that.
10/28/09 1:26 PM

I have read this over 100 times. At first I did not understand why it was anonymous.

It was very complimentary.

After reading it a few times, I loved the fact that it was anonymous, because so many people think this.

In fact, at one point I thought it as well.

Yet, it is very far from the truth.

When I weighed in at 198.8 pounds at my Weight Watchers meeting, I truly thought there would be balloons and confetti coming from the ceiling.

I was the “long shot”, the 400 pound guy who lost over 220 pounds and changed his life.

I thought that the CEO of Weight Watchers would come out and shake my hand, and give me a key to the Weight Watchers city of Onederland.

I thought my leader would have called my family who would all be there, and they would have offered me a leader job.

I thought different news media outlets would be there to interview me about my weight loss.

Yet, all I got was a sweet comment from 87 year old Ethel, which was:

Woot!”

When I left the meeting, I thought the clouds would part and there would be a beautiful rainbow.

I thought “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey would be blasting.

I thought that the birds would sing, and everything would make sense.

Yet, it was raining, no music was heard, and nothing made sense.

Honestly, after losing over 200 pounds, I felt like the world owed me something. I beat all the odds. I changed my life.

When I would see a success story on the Today Show, or one in Weight Watchers Magazine, it would frustrate me.

I mean, they lost 150 pounds, I lost 221.4 pounds!

What about me? I have sent you my story. Why are you over looking me?

That anonymous comment made me realize how foolish I am. I never got it. I never understood.

People who say that “Weight loss is a marathon not a race” do not understand weight loss.

Weight loss is neither.

You train for a marathon. You run a race. Then you cross the line, slow down and throw your hands in the air.

“Yes! I did it.”

There is no finish line for weight loss. Once you hit your goal the journey has just begun. Once you hit the finish line, you realize you crossed the starting point.

I have a good job. I have a great family. I can do things now that I could never do. I do not want to be a full time weight loss blogger.

I just want to be normal.Something that I deserve.

I also love writing on this blog. I do believe that no one will be able to tell my story better than I would.

So whoever wrote that comment, I do say thank you.

You have sparked a new flame inside of me.

And you will learn a lot about me in the next few posts. What scares me, what inspires me, and why I will succeed.

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