We moved back to Missouri later that year and slowly and gradually the pounds came back. I always used the excuse of "I am a growing boy" - that allowed me to get the Big Buster, Grand Slam, or whatever it is called at any homestyle food type of restaurant. Either way, it was too much food for any size of person. I continued to play sports and have always been a quick sturdy athlete. In high school - despite the weight - I was still pretty strong. All of that though over the years turned into ... not strong.
College opened me up as well. It opened me up to more and more food. Try freshmen 30. The sophomore 15. At my top weight I was just a hovering around 260. That is about 70 pounds over what I had been my junior year in high school. That weight to some people is their desired goal but to me it has been what has kept me from being the athlete that I am.
In May of 2009, I had finally had enough of it. I gave up Mountain Dew; that was the first step. I had taken a picture with some of the kids at school and my belly was all that I saw. I actually ripped it up but I did keep it. I was drinking about 40 oz of Mountain Dew a day. I lost fourteen pounds by the end of the year. Giving up that sugary drink was the gist of what I did in terms of trying to lose weight in 2009.
It isn't that I am specifically trying to lose weight with this journey because I know that if what I do on a daily basis is controlled and intentional - everything else will fall into place. If I am active, control what goes into my body, and stay focused...losing weight is just a byproduct of experiencing a greater life.