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Beginning a life-changing journey

Friday, March 4, 2011

Greetings readers. Like many people in America, I have begun the journey to transform my life and become a healthier person.

I am always asking questions and researching online for tips and ideas on what to eat, what exercises to do, how to get the most effective workout possible. I have found that when trying to find out what to eat, I often get advice from nutritionists, fitness enthusiasts ... skinny people. As an overweight American who loves to cook and eat food, I find it difficult to take advice from someone who doesn't share the same passion and enjoyment for culinary satisfaction.

With this column I will invite you, the readers, on my journey as I try to lose pounds and gain years to my life.

I will bring up my challenges, victories and failures. I'll talk about what works for me and what didn't work for me.

I'll share recipes that I enjoy and different fitness equipment I have used. I'll take questions, comments, and input from readers and do my best to seek out answers.

I am not on a diet ... diets fail because they have an end date. I am changing my life one little step at a time.

I have been on this journey for about two months and I have learned that a change this significant cannot be done alone. I hope that I can help inspire just one person to make a change in their life that will make them a healthier person.

When I started my journey at the beginning of January, I hit the scales at 320 pounds ... not where I want to be as a 6-foot 3-inch 26-year-old. Since then, my wife and I have been trying to be more active and eat better. So far, I have been able to drop 13 pounds.

My goal is to get in better shape than I was in high school when I was playing football and basketball. I would really like to get under 250 pounds, that is a loss of 70 pounds. I think that if I can get there, I will be a much healthier person. Who knows, maybe I'll keep going, but I want to get that first goal. It hasn't been easy yet and I doubt it will ever be easy.

I welcome you along on my journey and I would love to hear from readers about their successes and challenges. Please feel free to contact me by phone at (620) 223-1462 or by e-mail at mpommier@fstribune.com.

Michael Pommier
The Shrinking Man