Dear Friends,

I am writing this letter because I know I have a calling on my life, and in order for me to fulfill that calling I need to lose weight. I turn 30 years old in a couple of months, and just getting dressed in the morning is wearing me out right now. I have struggled with my weight for most of my life, and it is time to do something about it.

My life

Both of my parents died before they were 50 years old due to health issues caused by excessive weight. My dad had a heart attack and my mother could not get the liver transplant that she needed because she was overweight. I do not believe that obesity is hereditary, but I do believe that parents pass down eating and exercise habits to their children. I currently weigh 432 pounds. The older I get, the more I realize that I am following in my parent’s footsteps. Over the years, I have tried many diets and hit the gym a few times, but I have only been somewhat successful before my routine falls apart. When I went to donate blood today, they told me that I was too big to get on the chair in the mobile unit. Whenever I have dinner at a restaurant, I have to ask for a table because I cannot fit into a booth. This is my life right now.

My plan

An opportunity is in front of me that could change my life forever. Just like the TV show, The Biggest Loser, my goal is to completely focus on weight loss without any distractions for an entire year. My weight loss goal is 200 pounds, and I will be working with three personal trainers and a nutritionist to help me reach that goal. The nutritionist will set up daily caloric intake and meal plans. The trainers will set up a workout plan that will have me in the gym for five to seven hours a day. Essentially, I am putting my life on hold for one year in order to save the rest of my life.

My need

In order for me to do this, I am asking for your support in several ways. I am asking for a financial commitment, but I am also asking for your prayers and support throughout the next year. I will need people to pray for me that I can be strong when workouts get tough or I feel like giving up. I will need people to work out with me and push me to the next level in many areas. Because this will become my full-time job, I also need $2000 a month to live on. This covers my basic living expenses and the food, vitamins, and supplements that are part of the program. I am looking for 100 people who will commit just $20 dollars a month, or who can donate any amount possible. You can donate online below, or mail a check directly to the address below. I will also use this website to post pictures and blog about my journey. I want the pictures and stories to motivate me and keep the people who are invested in my life updated on my progress. Thank you for any investment you can make into my life. I promise that it will not be wasted, and I will use it in the future through a long healthy life of helping people. I strongly feel like I could be more of a blessing for a longer time if there were less of me.

Gene Milstead

· 8317 Emerald Hills Way #306 · NRH, TX 76180 · 817-705-2727 ·

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New Update and Tips To Healthy Living

Hey everyone! You may have noticed that I have not been on here in a couple of weeks. Two weeks ago was a little discouraging for me. I did not lose any weight that week so I was a little down. I had lost complete focus that week after breaking below 400 the week before. This week I came on more focused and lost four more pounds and I am back on track and focused again. I hit all my workout goals except for one day this week which was yesterday, but I was sick for most of the day. I am feeling better today and I am back at it again.

The biggest revelation of knowledge that I received in my studies this week is that every time we step foot into a gym we need to know exactly what we are going to do. We need to know what exercises, how many reps, and how much weight we are going to do. We also need to know how long it should take. If we are not focused and know what to do we are wasting our time. We will mess around and do a few things with no exact meaning and either not get a good enough workout or over work a muscle that should be resting. Working out is like a science. If it is done correctly it can be very beneficial, but if done wrongly it can hurt you.

I have noticed a couple people ask me about how often I weigh in, so I am going to throw this new knowledge out there. You only want to weigh yourself once a week at the same time preferably with the same type of clothes on if not at home undressed. This way you are consistent and can get a accurate reading. You don't want to weigh after a workout one time and then before a workout the next time. It will look like you have gained weight. This goes back to the science in it. You have water weight so when you work out you sweat it out and you weigh less. This is what boxers and fighters do to get down to weight.

Another thing I recommend because it is working so well for me is the 5 to 6 small meals a day. It keeps your metabolism working the whole day and you burn up more of the food in your system. Every time your metabolism works it only burns up so much. This is different for everyone but if you are putting in too much at once the rest is stored as fat. You also don't want to eat to little because your body thinks it is starving and will store whatever fat it can get. If this is happening then your body will start to eat away at your muscle which is never good.

I recommend if you are looking to make a lifestyle change learn as much as you can. The more knowledge you have the more chance at success you have. I am here to help you with anything you may need. If you have questions let me know. I don't know a lot, but I have a lot of friends that do. Lol

Love you guys and have a blessed day.


What Is Your Strategy To Get To The Top?

I had another huge week of overcoming obstacles both mentally and physically. I finally broke into the 300's by dropping 6 pounds this week. It was a tough week, but I was able to stay focused and keep my eyes on the prize.

You know it can be tough when you look at the big picture sometimes. I was thinking the other day that 260 pounds is a lot of weight. That is a huge mountain to climb, not too different than what it must be like to climb Mount Everest. Mount Everest is 29,092 feet above sea level. It has five camps along the way, which gives the climbers a chance to regroup and focus on the overall goal and to rest up and get ready for the next challenge that lies ahead of them. Also, if you want to climb Mount Everest you have to make plans in advance and strategize to make it happen. You do not wake up on a Monday and say, “Hey I think I am going to go and climb Mount Everest this weekend.” It takes strategy and a team of people to help make it happen. You have to put together a team who is going to help you get to the top.

What I have discovered with weight loss is that we have to do the exact same thing. If I look at my big challenge to lose 260 pounds to save my life it can get extremely discouraging sometimes. It can seem like an endless battle that I will never achieve. Five pounds a week, compared to 260, seems like it will never come and like it is not a big success when 5 pounds a week is actually really amazing. What I am doing is setting camps (goals) throughout my journey. My first goal was to get below 400 pounds. Now that I have achieved that my new goal is to get below 350 pounds. With setting goals along the way, it helps revive the overall goal and gives you a sense of achievement. No one will ever climb Mount Everest without stopping along the way to regroup and it is the same with weight loss. If you focus on the big picture and you try to do it without a plan you will not succeed.

We have to be focused on the next camp in our journey. That should be our only focus. I don't need to focus on a size 40 waist while I am still at a 50. I need to be focusing on a size 48 and then on a 46. It is easy to get discouraged when your camps are too far apart and you are starting to get malnourished because you have gone too long without rest or you end up going back to the bottom because you took on too much to handle. There is a lot we can learn from the journey to the top of Mount Everest that we can use in our every day life. Climbing that mountain is one of the toughest feats in the world. Living a healthy life is not nearly as tough and it can be done.

Surround yourself with a great team of people who have done it before you and want to see you succeed. Then put together a game plan and set up your camps along the way. And last but not least, use your experience to help others get to the top with you. It is life changing, and your experience will drive others to be better people and be more self conscious about their actions.

Love you guys and really hope that you got something out of this.



It is time for this week in a recap.

Monday was Memorial Day and I had a blast with some friends and was able to eat healthy while I was there. Aunt Susan made sure there was stuff that her and I could both eat and stay on our diets. I also received a phone call from Josh at 102.9 asking me if I could be on the show the following day. It was 11pm and he wanted me there at 7am. Of course I said yes.
Tuesday started out on MIX102.9 and it was awesome. I had a lot of fun. I met all the DJ's and they were great people. They were very encouraging in my journey. They hooked my up with Fitness Instructor David Thompson with and he is letting me come to his Boot Camps for free and that is a huge blessing. I then left the studio and went home and played tennis with my roommate Gil for about an hour and half. It was really hot that day so it was a great workout.
Wednesday I met with my trainer John and I weighed in and I lost another 4 pounds. I am up to 58 now for the year. Only 202 more pounds to go!
Thursday, and Friday were standard cardio days, and I burned a normal amount of calories.
Today I had my boot camp class with and I have to say it was tough but it was awesome. He does it every Saturday morning for an hour. He only charges $20 on line and $25 the day of. He supplies everything but the water and a mat to lie on. It is an intense one-hour workout that will work your whole body. I was the least athletic one there but no one made me feel out of place and Dave helped me modify the workouts that I was not able to do. I had a lot of fun. He is also in a competition right now for Best of Big D in personal training. Everyone should go to his site and follow the link and vote. He is an amazing guy.
So the next few months I have a lot of stuff going on. I am going with the church to Colorado Springs for a youth trip. I am excited because I want to hit the trails and do some hiking. I will be able to burn some good calories there. I am also going home for a wedding, and then most importantly and what I am most excited about is that I am going to Tennessee for a three-day conference on weight loss. They are going to have 35 contestants from The Biggest Loser there giving advice and tips on weight loss. This is something that I think will be a huge step in my journey because it will allow me to be around people who have lost the weight. I want to be able to pick their brains. This is going to be an expensive trip, so I am asking that if there is anything you can do to help me reach this goal it will be greatly appreciated.
Last but not least, I got a job at OC Burgers and they are going to basically let me build my schedule to work around what I am doing and give me the time off to take the trips that I am taking. It is awesome all the stuff that is lining up into place. It is going to be great. I want to thank all of you for your support this past month. All the encouragement means a lot to me. I don't have a lot of family and it can get lonely sometimes and just knowing that you guys care about me pushes me. Don't get me wrong the family I do have is amazing, but there are very few of us left. The words you guys say really mean a lot to me.

Have a great week and remember if you are inspired to lose weight let me know how you are doing and I can put your progress up on the board.