December 20, 1959
Tada! Look out, world, I'm here! That's right, 48 years ago today I made my debut and ever since then the universe has been toying with me in the same way a cat toys with with its prey before deciding it has had enough fun. It usually doesn't end well for the prey...
December 20, 1975
The universe gets serious. My grandmother was rushed to the hospital the day before and passed away the day after. I think it's safe to say that my 16th birthday wasn't my favorite.
December 20, 1984
My first birthday as a married man and the last in a long time that found me weighing less than 200 pounds.
December 20, 1988
My first birthday as a dad! My daughter was born that August, and I couldn't have been prouder.
December 20, 1989
It started out normally enough, but I wound up getting my most surprising birthday present of all when my son decided that he didn't want to be born in February, and decided to show up rightnow!!! We almost lost him, but today as he celebrates his 18th birthday he's a healthy, happy, athletic teenager who lives to give his good old dad grief!
December 20, 1999
Fast forward ten years later and the universe is warming up to give us the most frustrating year that we've ever had, starting with my diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes just 19 days after this birthday.
December 20, 2005
In contrast, this birthday preceded what turned out to be a very good year for yours truly. A new job within my company led to an improved attitude and the beginning of my weight loss journey. Take that, universe!
December 20, 2006
The first birthday since 1984 that I clocked in at under 200 pounds. I'd lost almost 94 pounds by this point and was in a groove that wouldn't quit.
December 20, 2007
That brings us to today. I'm down over 130 pounds from my starting weight, about 165 pounds from my all time high weight in 1989, and very thankful that I found the inner strength to do what needed to be done. It's the second best birthday present I've ever had. (See 1989 above for the best one...)
Thursday, December 20, 2007
December 20, 1959