Wednesday, July 22, 2009


On those rare occasions when I bring the high heat (and I blame you all for commenting so much on the serious posts that it makes me have to write more of them than would occur naturally), I can be hard on you, hard on myself, hard on us all as we all make our way on this arduous weight loss journey. I push and push, because I want you and I to be as focused as we can possibly be. I want us to be as successful as we can possibly be. I want us all over our goals, and I want us rockin’ that scale each and every week.

But there’s something I don’t say often enough: we’re awesome.

I mean it, we’re so all over this.

We have setbacks and bad days, but we don’t let them bump us from our course. We have times when we don’t have our “A” game, but we have a deeper understanding of the big picture than we’ve ever had before. We may not be absolutely fit right now, but we have a dream of being fit, the hope of being the person that deep down we know we can be. An aspiration to be a better person…. and we’re making our way toward that goal. Some slowly, some faster, but all moving toward that better future with a sense of power and purpose.…

We’re losing our chins and our excuses.

Losing our extra pounds and our bad habits.

Losing our inhibitions and our love handles.

Losing it all, and gaining so much more in the process.

A half pound here. Two pounds there. Three, four, five lbs. I watch people having success in so many places, so many folks all over the planet making solid strides in their weight loss adventure. I'm almost as proud for them as I am myself with my own losses (almost, I said...almost).

Oh sure, there’s a few that are still in the “pre-success” stage, trying to psyche themselves up to make that great leap of faith, or those stuck in that dreaded limbo of “The Plateau,” a miserable place that will try your patience and test your will. But for all those folks, I see more that are fighting the good fight and reporting favorable news, both on the scale and in all the other victories that making ourselves healthier brings… clothes fitting better, people noticing their change in appearance, a general uplifting of the spirit. A scale will just give you a number, but all those other things… that’re what this journey we’re on is truly all about.

So here’s to us, the weight-loss warriors. We’re armoring ourselves with workout clothes and Green Monsters, with spinning classes and low-fat recipes. We’re facing down the day with a smile on our face and running shoes on our feet. And we’re doing it, folks. We’re really doing it.

Here’s to you.

Here’s to me.

Here’s to all of us as we make our successful way down this long and winding path. Wherever you are on it, either at the very start, a few steps from the end or plodding away in the mushy middle, I wish you Godspeed and good health.

Keep on keeping on, and know that there are plenty of us that will be with you every step of the way.


  1. Amen!

    Here's to you too, for making us all laugh!

  2. Hear, hear! And for the record, I arm myself with Blue Monsters... zero points for the whole can :)

  3. You think we're awesome?!

    In the words of another Sally..."You like me, you really like me!"

    That means a lot coming from you, my friend ;)

    Thanks for the pep talk. I really needed it today.

  4. AMEN!!! seriously Jack... this post made me cry. I never know what I'm gonna get with you. I like that, ever the unpredictable Jack.

    I needed this post this morning. thank you.

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  6. I really "heart" you Jack. That was a beautiful post. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  7. Thanks, Jack. That's the pep talk I needed for today!

  8. Awwww, you can do mushy too?

    But, yeah, I too am proud of everyone of us doing this - it isn't easy, but we just do it. Well done everyone!

    (dabs at eye daintily)

  9. Here! Here! We are an awesome buch of warriors!

    Thanks for making the journey fun. If it's not fun, what's the point!

  10. This really was a fantastic post Jack. I so enjoy coming and reading your posts they always make me feel good. I am glad to be on this journey with you. I totally agree that "we're awesome".

  11. This post made me cry. Seriously. Awesome.

  12. We really ARE awesome!

    What uplifting and motivational words, Jack!

    Thanks! ;0)

  13. Yes we are awesome! Thanks for this!

  14. WE WILL, WE WILL ROCK YOU!!!! we are awesome for sure! its easy to forget that in the "heat of battle" sometimes but so true. Thanks for reminding us!

  15. Thanks, Coach - I'm ready to go back in, now! Onward and downward! Or was that upward? Only The Universe knows for sure.

  16. Jack Sh*t made me tear up? Wow...I always knew you were a big ol' softie. :)

  17. If you had a 'LIKE' button on your blog like on facebook I would click it for this post.

    Rock on!


  18. I like.

    Another awesome blog post from a true original. The Original Gangsta of The weight Loss Warriors---Mr. Jack Sh*t.

    Forget like.

    Let's go with LOVE. I LOVE this man!

    My best

  19. Ahhhh... that was a refreshing does of inspiration from you, Jack. Thanks!

  20. Yes, I'm proud to be a LOSER! Proud that all the blogs I read daily are by LOSERS!

  21. Here's to you, Jack! Love this. :)

  22. Awesome post, thank you once again!

  23. Sometimes you have to stop yourself as you go through the daily grind & remind yourself, yeah I am fucking awesome, aren't I?
    Great post Jack.

  24. *wipes away a small tear*
    jack... straight to the heart, dude.

  25. You're right, we are all amazing. I also like your funny posts, too, but your serious, inspiring ones have made my week!

  26. well, i am happy to read your post tonight because after a bad weekend and weigh in, i was thinking about making today "not count." this post changed my mind. thanks.

  27. Wow, who would've thunk that mr. comedian, mr. make you laugh your ass off, and laugh while working your ass off, would bring so many people to tears. Awesome post, truly awesome. It seems like people who truly deserve recognition and praise rarely are willing to accept it. meanwhile there are plenty of cocky d-bags out there who do nothing meaningful with their lives. Way to give some love to those who need and deserve it.



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