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#YellowJeepJourney Progress Report: Back on Track!

Progress Report, Yellow Jeep Journey
Author: Mark
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
10:44 am

Digging Out

It has been a long time since I posted a real status of how I am really doing in my quest to earn a Yellow Jeep and drive it from Arizona to Alaska and back. The last few months have been very difficult for me. I started this adventure in April 2013, and by the fall of 2013, had lost 60 pounds. My goal seemed within reach. Then, one thing after another happened and I lost my inner resolve. All the weight I had lost came back more rapidly than it had come off. I was not able to marshal the emotional energy to get my weight loss program re-started in a meaningful way. I would try to begin again over and over, but really never make in more than a few days at a time. I was embarrassed and discouraged by the lack of progress. I ballooned up to 320 pounds, seven more than when I started the project. Many times, I was sorely tempted to quit, to throw away my dream and admit defeat. Even as I sought medical health, I was initially not able to find a solution. But then starting four weeks ago yesterday, things began to change.

Since then, I have lost 22 pounds, breaking below 300 pounds for the first time in many months, while surviving two business trips, the death of my sister and Halloween. I feel good and am confident that I will succeed.

So what happened? What is different this time? Three pretty significant things:

  • My medical consultation began to pay off. Rather than experiencing debilitating depression as I had supposed, I apparently suffer from a form of chronic fatigue. I think we finally are getting the right mixture of meds and supplements to fight the causes.
  • My mental, emotional and spiritual struggles began to bear fruit. I was encouraged and motivated by the unofficial motto of our local scout troop, “Strong men find a way. Weak men find an excuse.” Each day, I remind myself (sometimes several times) of four bedrock beliefs:
    • I am a son of the living God with infinite potential!
    • I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me!
    • I will be a happy, health 200 pounds!
    • I will complete the Yellow Jeep Journey!
  • I have largely abandoned my traditional TV time to embrace my new love – Family History Research. Rather than relaxing in the evening with reruns of NCIS, Law and Order, Person of Interest and various British cop shows, which would inevitably trigger cravings for all sorts of food, I now spend my free time searching vast databases for records of our ancestors. I find that search intriguing, challenging and very fulfilling. Plus, while concentrating there, I don’t have cravings for food.

What has remained the same? Great support and encouragement from family and friends, including the great Jeep community. I have a Twitter friend from Texas who promises to kick my rear end with his big Texas boot if I don’t achieve my goal. There is the 80 year old grandma who reminds me every time I see her that I owe her a ride in a Yellow Jeep. And friends from literally all over the world daily send encouragement in the form of Yellow Jeep photos! As of today, the Yellow Jeep Journey has 1407 Followers on Twitter, 335 likes on Facebook and 226 followers on Instagram. With so many friends, how can I fail? Thank you all, ever so much, for your encouragement and support!

It certainly isn’t over yet. Ninety-eight more pounds is a long way to go. But I feel more confident than ever before that I will succeed.

I will be a healthy, happy 200 pounds.

I will complete the Yellow Jeep Journey.

Through the divine grace of Christ, I will come off conqueror!


One Response to “#YellowJeepJourney Progress Report: Back on Track!”

    Mark – just read this. I am sure you will achieve your goal. And take this old 80+ year old granny for a ride in your yellow jeep !!!

    Comment by Betty Harrell on November 19, 2014 at 4:07 am

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