“You are morbidly obese. You are pre-diabetic.”


June 24, 2013.    Not words any 40 year old wants to hear.  But it was true.  While I had been RUNNING a  law practice full of stress, with offices spread over 100 miles apart, working 7 days a week, often 10 – 16 hours a day, I hadn’t been doing any actual RUNNING at all.  Eating bad in the morning.  And in the mid-morning.  And in the afternoon.  And in the late-afternoon.  And – at night.  Eating at a desk or in a car.  Not good.

So it was those words that I heard on June 24, 2013 – morbid obese and pre-diabetic, that startled me.  Everything you never want to hear from a Doctor.  Things about not being there for your kids; about not making it to 50.  Startling words that shouldn’t haver startled me at all.  But they did.   I rarely let someone take  pictures of me before 2014.  The  two on this post are ones I thought I actually looked “good” in – and allowed to be taken – April and May of 2013.  They are my last “before” pictures.  Change was coming.


Your life is now.

June 24, 2013.  The title of this post is a song by John Mellencamp.  It probably can mean different things to different people, but I guess what it means to me is live in the moment and make that moment count toward your future.   My future started June 24, 2013 with a wake up call.  The wake up call was a visit to a doctor and stepping onto that square thing that measures stress known as a scale.  It had been a while since I did that.  I didn’t like what I saw.  It was over 275, I will leave it at that.  For 5’6″, not good.