Thank You For…

December 28, 2010

Seriously… why should I be different than ANYONE else and not reflect on what I am truly thankful for as we wrap up 2010.  While in some ways I’m wrapping up 2010 (Blizzard NJ) the same way I began it (Snowpocalypse VA), in other ways it will end quite a bit differently! So, without further adieu, here’s a quick wrap-up of the things I am thankful for in 2010.

276 – that would be my current weight.  That’s a total of 62 lbs lost since I changed my life and, to be honest, if I had weighed myself at the beginning of the year it would probably be more than 62.  Holidays have proven difficult for the weight loss – good lessons for the next go-around in 2011 – but it’s hard to be too discouraged considering where I started.  It’s amazing how a persons focus changes… I remember one time getting on the scale wondering what it would be like to be under 300 lbs again.  It’s pretty cool knowing that thoughts like that will never have to creep into my head again.

My New Wardrobe – No… I didn’t get a new wardrobe for Christmas (yet… gotta love gift cards though!)  But these 5 shirts right here?  I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of any pieces of clothing.  These represent the 5 5K’s that I ran in 2010 (since Labor Day to be precise).  I weighed 308 lbs and took over 45 minutes to finish the first one.  Now, I’m more concerned about cutting my time down around 35 minutes (and eventually below), I have a goal to complete 10 races this year and, of those 10 races, I am hopeful there will be a half-marathon at the end.  Yeah, I said it… a half-marathon.  Lofty goal I know – but at this point, did you really expect anything different?

Unlikely Support – I have the WORST problem asking for help/ advice/ support.  I’ve always been the person people like to go TO when they needed something like that so, when a situation comes up when I would like the same, I basically know all of the stuff they are dealing with and say “well, damn… they’re already working on X.  They don’t need to worry about me” and I leave it at that.  One of the reasons I do this blog is because it forces me to change many of my habits, including that one.  And boy did it work.  People have been offering me so many different things – and I’ve been taking them up on it as much as possible.  From diet to fitness, the Mudder to moral support… I have either rekindled or began more relationships that, 12 months ago, I could have ever imagined I would have.  It’s crazy… but awesome all at the same time!  It’s too many to list, mainly because if I forget one I would feel MISERABLE… but I’m sure you all know who you are, so thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!

Likely Support – Of course, this doesn’t mean that the usual suspects in my life haven’t been absolutely fantastic and, in some ways, surprisingly more supportive than I expected (look… I love my brother to death, but he’s not known as the most mushy, emotional, ‘rah-rah’ guy on the planet – but for me he has been!)  My friends and family have been very excited about my changes and, outside of the occasional ribbing (“If you become a vegetarian we are no longer friends… not eating meat is simply unamerican.”) they have all been uber-supportive.  Throw in all of the great comments and messages I have received through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. it’s been everything I need in order to keep going.

Clarity – this covers a whole REALM of things; clarity on what I put in my body on a daily basis, clarity on the value of fitness as an everyday necessity and clarity on what the real relationships in my life are.  The food and exercise points are pretty boring and, quite frankly, apparently very obvious to normal people (“wait… if you drink water instead of soda, that’s better for you?!?!”) but I did wanna share one piece in regards to people that I found enlightening – it amazes me how many people I had in my life had me there due to my dysfunctions.  Seriously.  Once I started changing for the better they either:

a) couldn’t relate to me anymore because all we had in common was excessive partying/ drinking, etc., or
b) didn’t want to relate to me anymore because they are at their best when they surround themselves with dysfunction, thus making them look/ feel better about themselves… once dysfunction starts to go away, they move on.

It’s something I think many people in my position are aware of, but just fail to accept because they want to think the best of people.  And it’s not a ‘negative’ trait… these type of people survive because there is an inherent need for them.  But once you take control of things in your own life and really start caring about yourself (not others) first the patterns become much clearer and you need to choose if these people offer the same value to you that they once did.  Tough choices for sure… but if you really want to better yourself, you have to do it 100% – and that includes the people you choose to have with you!

Return On Investment – This is, bay far, the most shocking piece of everything that’s happened to me in 2010.  As I state in the intro to this blog – I started this as an accountability for all of MY actions, because I couldn’t think of another way to do so with where/ how I am living.  But it has turned into something completely different – and something I did not expect.  The number of messages I receive saying that I motivated someone to do something BLOWS ME AWAY.  It wasn’t the intention when this started… this was MY tool to help ME get better.  Selfish, right?  But somewhere along the way the message started spreading, and people reacted to it.  “Hell, if Gach can do it… why the hell can’t I?!?!”  But as I look back on it – it’s true.  If I can do it – WHY THE HELL CAN’T YOU?!?!  I mean, I was in a pretty bad place… a place I am STILL uncomfortable talking about (but realize I need to eventually – that blogs actually been sitting in ‘Drafts’ for about 2 months), so if I can start to take steps and make strides physically, mentally and emotionally there is no reason at all why anyone of you who are reading this can’t start to take the same steps I did.  Don’t believe me?  Hit me up and ask me.  One on one I will tell you anything about me you wanna know… it’s just the whole ‘public forum’ thingy that has me kinda buggin’ out :).

Charity – I’m not gonna lie… I am proud as HELL with what we did in regards to the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.  I don’t really know where to go with this… it’s kind of overwhelming and just sitting here now thinking about it I’m getting kinda emo.  I will say this; my teammates already knows how much having them donate their money, time and energy means to me, but having my mother and father come down to Virginia and walk with us… having my Mom, a cancer survivor, walk with us… it wasn’t just a highlight of my year it was the highlight of a lifetime.  I’ve said it a MILLION times to everyone who was a part of it – THANK YOU SO MUCH.  If you were there you are etched in a memory that, for me, will never die.  PINE… APPLE!!!  I wanna put up a million pictures but that would be annoying so instead click here and check out the photo album if you’d like.

I think that about sums up ol’ 2K10.  I’m excited about 2K11… got a lotta plans for next year that I can’t wait to tell y’all about and, hopefully, get a lot of you to join me in as well.  I hope you all enjoyed your holidays this year and here’s to a FANTASTIC 2011.  Much love to each and every one of you for all of your support… I wouldn’t be where I am right now without it!



  1. 2011 is going to be your year, Chris. Keep up the good work and don't beat yourself up too much for overindulging during the holidays. Just get back on track and keep blogging. You're doing something really amazing. Happy New Year.meredith

  2. Thanks so much, Meredith! I'm glad we re-connected… it's gonna be a great year for BOTH OF US in 2011!

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