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Couch Potato No More!

A really amazing thing happened to me recently. And I figure if I can't share it with the readers of TeeVee, who can I share it with? This article isn't about TV per se. But TV had a lot to do with what happened to me.

I used to weigh more than 300 pounds. 315 at my peak. Today I weigh about 203. I'm not the man I used to be.

Honestly, I thought I was going to be fat for the rest of my life. I'd seriously given up hope. But something happened -- a girl -- and I decided I had to change my life. I decided I didn't like the person I'd become: I had an expensive drug problem. And I was fat. I had a serious drinking problem. And I was fat. I hated my job. And I was fat. I had a tenuous-at-best grip on sanity. And by the way, did I mention I was fat?

Anyhow, to put it succinctly, my life was going down the shitter. But a girl happened, and I decided to change my life.

And it started with a television show: Survivor. When I was fat, I was obsessed with the show. And how all the contestants would lose all this weight. I'd sit there and watch all of the stuff they ate and wonder what exactly was making them lose all that weight. Doing that got me thinking about what I ate. And thinking. And thinking. And thinking... And then I decided I didn't want to be fat anymore.

It isn't easy being fat, but I'll be honest with you, it isn't easy being skinny either. Losing all that weight reveals all of these other problems. They were actually always there, unnoticed because of the larger problem. Now I'm working on those problems.

So a TV show (okay, and a girl) inspired me to save my life. It's a funny thing to admit, but it's true. I thought I was gonna be fat my whole life. And I'm not. It's ironic, when you think about it. All these years I've been carping about how there is nothing good on television. Boy, was I ever wrong.


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