The BIG Loser

Very recently, my brothers-in-law (I have two) suggested that we all go on a diet, seeing that we’re all a bit overweight, and make it into a contest. The contest part is entirely a result of male ego, but nonetheless, I thought it would be a great idea. First, because I really need to get back into shape. It’s sad. Second, because I should really do my best to look as good as I can for my wife Gina. She deserves my very best, right? Third, because doing this diet with my two brothers-in-law will be really motivating, especially considering the penalty for not winning. Let’s just say that it will not be pleasant for the person who loses the least amount of weight.

The good news for me is that I weigh the most, which would make it relatively easier for me to lose weight more quickly. The bad news is that I’m pretty sure I love to eat way more than they do. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I have an unhealthy attraction to food. For some, food is a simply a means of maintaining life – that’s how Gina is. For me, eating is like an event that I look forward to twice a day. Short of hypnosis and a nose plug, I don’t know how to not enjoy food! So we’ll see, right? I can say that I’ve successfully lost tons of weight before (I lost 60 pounds in 6 months back in 2000) but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee success the second time around.

The Bible instructs us that whatever it is that we do, we do it for the glory of God. (1 Cor 10:31) Ultimately, I hope my effort to get back in shape brings glory to God and maybe, just maybe, I can end up being the ultimate loser!

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