Standing on The Precipice

This is a post for those of you who are wanting to start your journey. You may be standing on the edge, looking out over the unknown abyss, and you may be scared. I am here to tell you that it is ok. Leap. Take the plunge. START NOW. The worst that can happen is that you go nowhere. The best that can happen is that you go everywhere. But it only happens if you jump in. Otherwise you are standing on the precipice, going nowhere.

It is not an easy journey to start.
It is a life altering decision, the one to get fit.
If it ISN’T altering your life, then you aren’t doing it right.

There was a time when I thought that I would never know what it felt like to be in shape again. Well, anything but pear shape…I never thought I would be anything but the “fat, funny” guy. I never thought that people would look past my weight and see the real me deep down inside, yearning to escape from the blubber suit enveloping me. I was drowning in my own corpulence.

Even though I have lost 75 pounds to date, I still feel like that on some mornings.

But guess what.

I can feel the fog lifting. I can see the sun coming out from behind the clouds.

And guess what else.

You can feel the warmth of that sunshine as well.

I remember watching an episode of Road Rules on MTV forever ago and there was a guy on there who had lost over, I think, 100 pounds. (I have tried looking up his name or the season that he was on, but I keep coming up short.) That was the first time I ever remember hearing of someone losing a drastic amount of weight. I also remember him walking around without his shirt on, and not looking weird. I thought to myself, “I wish I could do that.” I wanted so much to be that guy. The guy who lost all the weight. The guy who people said, “Damn son! Where is the rest of you?”

I am becoming that guy.

Would you like to become that guy? Or that girl? Or that yeti? (I have a few loyal, yet slightly obese yeti readers)

Well there is no better time to START than NOW.


Not Monday. Now.

Not after the holidays. Now.

Not January 1st. Now.

Not then. Now.

But how? Where do I start? What do I do?

I can lead you to the water, but only you can drink.

I can give you all of the motivation in the world. I can give you all the tips on eating and exercise that you can stand. I can tell you how to lose weight. But the determination to succeed HAS to come from within you.

Dig deep. Mine hard. Pull, from the depths, the will to make it happen.

Once you find the will, the rest will come.

So here is my START NOW advice.

START counting calories NOW.
START not drinking soda NOW.
START drinking a minimum 64 oz of water a day NOW.
START exercising for 45 minutes 3-4 times a week NOW.
START setting goals NOW.
START telling everyone what your goals are NOW.
START asking them to help keep you accountable NOW.

Jump in. The water is fine. What are you waiting for?

10 comments to Standing on The Precipice

  • your wife

    No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone who is sitting on the couch.

  • AlexandraFunFit
    Twitter: AlexandraFunFit

    Well, I still think you’re massively weird. But that’s totally different from massive. And you’re funny no matter what. I think your post is very inspirational. You will be (or already are) the guy that people say, “I saw Hank do it and finally got my mentor.” So keep on keeping on cuz you are Doing It. P.S. I hope you’re marching in place while reading this. Or drinking that water.

  • MCM Mama
    Twitter: mcmmama

    Yep, no better time than the present! So very true.

  • Jo Anna

    What a great post. The thing that helped me get started on the road to the 100 pound weight loss was an epic clean out of the pantry. Anything processed and sugary went in the trash. It was hard, I had been using coupons and stocking up. I was blessed to have a spouse that was on board and a 2 year old that didn’t know to be sad that mommy was throwing away the cookies. Get rid of the junk! You don’t need it, your kid doesn’t need it, and if it isn’t in your house you won’t eat it.

  • Denise Barreto
    Twitter: DeniseWBarreto

    This post is excellent and can be used for ANY journey – starting a business, newly divorced – you name it – your post applies.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Good post.

    A huge hurdle for me was realizing I didn’t have to be crazy-restricted with my diet or a super athlete to start losing. I highly recommend everyone start slow. Cut out sodas and walk. Give it a week, two weeks …then think harder about your food choices, challenge yourself with a new exercise.

    Little changes really add up. Folks tend to burn themselves out by adopting an all or nothing attitude, right off the bat.

  • Brandy Herigon
    Twitter: BrandyHerigon

    I have been studying up and reading your blog and I’m ready! 5/4 female 350 lbs gonna start walking daily to Leslie sansone walk it Off and track everything I eat and do my water! You have inspired yet another!

  • Gilly
    Twitter: Limesquish

    Wow I’m inspired! I hope that many people have read this most, because it says a lot about determination and getting it done! When you ster yourself in the right direction you reel in the benefits of what you want,

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