Feb 152015
301 lbs.!  Just a little over a pound to go to reach under 300!

301 lbs.! Just a little over a pound to go to reach under 300!


This has been a record week!  A little radical, but lots of results.  I know it’s not the best regimen for losing weight to take off so much at one time, but I was really motivated to try and reach my goal of being under 300 lbs. by my birthday tomorrow.  With a little more determination, I have 24 hours to do just that.  This week has been a little crazy, with gym every day, doing 20 -30 minutes on the elliptical machine, Doing mostly juicing every day, and resisting temptation big time!  I weighed in last Monday at 314 and was pretty disappointed that the gap had widened even from the day before, instead of shrinking.  So, I just put it into “D” for determination, and put the pedal to the metal!  Monday was big, as I lost 6 pounds!  Then Tuesday, I lost 3 1/2, Wednesday, 2, Thursday, 1/2, and it stayed at 302 both Friday and Saturday with no weight loss, even though I was still mostly juicing and still hitting the gym.  This morning it went down 1 more pound to 301, and I believe I can be under 300 tomorrow!

From this point, I will try to keep a little more sane program of exercise and food intake, but I really wanted to reach this short term goal for some reason.  I don’t think the numbers are all that important, though.  The important thing is what I have become inside in order to reach those numbers.  The strength developed, the character built, the discipline applied.  That all counts much more than just numbers, which are just units of measurement.  The real change and lasting change is on the inside.  What the struggle has made you become!   Thank you all for your prayers and support.  It is wonderful to have friends like you cheering me on.  Please feel free to get in touch if you are facing some of the same challenges, and would like to talk or chat with someone who understands.  “Don’t give up till you win!”

Feb 092015
Hayes Jones

Hayes Jones



Maybe you have never heard of Hayes Jones?  He was a high hurdle runner that broke all the records scholastically, made the Olympic Team in Rome in 1959, and the eyes of the world were upon him.  He was believed to be the greatest there ever was in this event.  He trained vigorously for it, and when he arrived, most everyone back home believed he would take home the Gold Medal!  He didn’t.  He came in 3rd.  He was discouraged, felt like quitting, told himself he should just get out of athletics and go into his business career.  It was a turning point in his life.  It was the logical, sensible thing to do.  After all, the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo were four years away!  How could he put himself through the grueling training that he knew he would have to do in order to compete.  He decided that he hadn’t had this life long dream just to quit because of a defeat.  He made his mind up and started training.  He trained, he worked and fought to keep his body and mind in top shape, preparing for the next Olympics.

Before the Olympics he attended a national championship in Madison Square Garden, and ended up winning first place, and tied his own record he had recorded earlier.  He was ready!  The Olympics came, and he fulfilled his life long dream!  He won the Gold Medal!

What would his life have been like if he had succumbed to the doubts after coming in 3rd place?  How much confidence in himself would he have had if he had just thrown in the towel, and said:  “Enough!”  No, he didn’t have to live with that kind of regret.  He stuck with it, and his faith in his God given ability grew big enough to put him into the winner’s circle at the top of the world.  What a contrast!

We have all been faced with similar situations.  We have come up against circumstances that have tempted us to give in and quit.  I, myself have known this many times in my life.  I went out for football in the 10th grade at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas.  My Aunt Minnie drove me to practice (I had missed the bus to the practice field) and when I got to the field, all suited up, the coach said:  “Halbert, you’re late!”  I apologized and he promptly had me run around the track at the field twice.  I was not in good shape, and was totally out of breath when I arrived, huffing and puffing, practically fainting from the two laps around the field with full gear on.  The coach told me to get on the line, and block out this certain lineman who was much bigger, much more fit, and much more experienced at full body contact sports than I was.  You can guess what happened!  He rolled me up like a tortilla under a rolling pin!  I picked myself up, turned around toward the club house, and walked home.  That was the end of my not so illustrious football career.  I quit.  Well, you may have been looking for a triumphant ending to this story…..not gonna happen.  I wasn’t made for football.  There was something else that I was supposed to do.  But my point is…..if you know you are supposed to do something, then do it.  Keep trying until you find what you’re supposed to do, and do it with abandon!  At that time in my life, at 15 years old, I never knew that I would some day travel to almost 20 countries, learn to speak Spanish and Portuguese, write hundreds of songs, and learn about other cultures, and enhance my life like I had never dreamed.  My “thing” wasn’t football, but when I found out what it was, I did it with my whole heart.  But that’s another story.

You may be like Hayes Jones in some way.  You may be feeling like it’s time to quit, but if you kept going with whatever it was that you knew you should be doing, you would eventually make it to the place you were supposed to be!  There’s a champion in every one of us waiting to be discovered.  It may be that you’re supposed to be a Teacher, helping kids to learn…..it may be that you have ideas that will help others and improve their lives in some ways.  You may be a fledgling artist or musician trying to find your niche.  Whatever it is, if you believe in yourself, and believe that’s what God put you on the earth to do, then Do it!  Don’t give up!  The person you become by pursuing your goals in life is the most important part.  Dr. Peale wrote a little book called:  “You Can if you Think You Can!”  That is so true!  It all depends on how you program your own mind to see your future.  If you use words like:  “can’t” , “difficult”, “not possible”, etc., then you are training your mind and character to accept these words as your own.  But don’t let those words be your guide.  Start using words like:  “Can”, “no problem”, and “of course!”  It will soon become a habit, and will shape your thinking to become what God intended for you to be!


“Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.”  (Edmund Burke)