A year ago, I had pretty much given up on my lifelong struggle with food and weight. I felt like a hopeless cause and that I should just accept that this is what I was going to be like forever. However, when my hip began to ache terribly and when parts of my leg and foot began falling asleep while I was shopping around the store, I knew I had to try again. Then my wife, Dixie, and I saw a book at Costco last spring—60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City by Greg Witt—and I said something like, “What if we bought this book and did all 60 of these hikes?” So far we’ve completed 37 of them.
I am still what a doctor would diagnose as “morbidly obese.” (Ack! How those two words make me cringe.) But, there is a significant difference between me now and me one year ago. I am over 50 pounds lighter, and my hip/leg problems have disappeared. The most important difference is that a year ago I felt hopeless and now I feel like I can’t be defeated.
Part of this change was a major shi...
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