If you haven't met "The Fat Man Walking" yet, prepare to be inspired
There's one date in my mind that I will NEVER forget for as long as I live because it was the turning point in my life when I decided I would no longer settle for being an obese man for the rest of my life. That date was January 1, 2004. Oh, I'm sure I thought about doing something long before that actual day, but my long journey to lose weight and get healthy began on that day.
For Steve "The Fat Man Walking" Vaught, that date would be April 10, 2005. That's the day when this 39-year old father of two from Oceanside, California started his unique plan to shed the pounds while inspiring a nation. It was on that fateful day when he committed himself to begin a trek across the United States from San Diego, California to New York City in an effort to "regain my life" from the stronghold of obesity.
Like me, Steve weighed 410 pounds when his weight loss began
This amazing man has already lost over 100 pounds in a little more than a year despite various injuries along the way and struggling with how he should eat. Steve says it is still a "battle even now" about how he should be eating as he continues seeking what would work best for him. Have you considered livin' la vida low-carb, Steve? :D
If you have not read any of Steve's personal journals, then you are missing out on some of the most revealing commentary on what the mind of a fat person is like and how very difficult it is to adequately describe the emotions that come from being an overweight or obese person in today's society. You can sense the struggle in what Steve writes about regarding his own experience because of the intense and obvious pain it conjures up within him. For those of us who have been through this battle, those wounds are all too fresh.
Amazingly, Steve hasn't always been fat and was even once a Marine. But as most people do after they get married and start settling down into life, Steve just allowed himself to get bigger and bigger until he topped out at 410 pounds last year. I know the feeling because that is the same thing that happened to me before I started livin' la vida low-carb. For Steve, he's now livin' la vida the fat man walking! Go, Steve, go!
Steve's hoping to keep on losing the weight, one step at a time
I sent an e-mail to Steve the other day to encourage him in this journey he is on just to let him know he is not alone in his battle. I shared with him about my own weight loss success and that I believed he could do it, too!
He wrote me an e-mail back today stating that his weight loss endeavor "is a long journey but one that can be done."
That's exactly right, my friend. Keep holding your head up high and NEVER EVER EVER give up on your dream of bringing about lasting weight loss for yourself. I KNOW it can happen for you and I'm here to cheer you on to great success! KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB, Steve "The Fat Man Walking" Vaught!
Visit the official "Fat Man Walking" web site, support Steve by purchasing one of his souvenir "Fat Man Walking" T-shirts, and even send an e-mail to Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to tell him that Jimmy "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man" Moore sent you his way.