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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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.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! You're 20% there! Hopefully see you while I'm visiting this week.