It has been four years since I conquered Kilimanjaro. In those four years, I have continued to take steps to “live my best life.”
Shortly after climbing Kilimanjaro, in September 2000, I appeared as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show for a second time, discussing my trek and how the trip helped me to put the past behind me.
Climbing Kilimanjaro, and my weight loss in general, has taught me to live each day and to not procrastinate when it comes to my health and happiness. Life is short, and it is not a dress rehearsal.
With these thoughts in mind, in 2001 I made a decision to follow a twenty-year dream to move to the Rocky Mountain West. I quit a good job and career, sold the dream house I’d designed and built, and moved to a small town in Western Wyoming. I live on a hillside surrounded by mountains, along a picturesque valley. My property is covered with pine trees and Aspens. The sky is big and blue. On clear evenings, the stars are countless and remind me of how high I can aim. If I keep shooting for the stars, at least I’ll end up somewhere in the heavens!
Moose, mule deer, elk, and other critters are frequent visitors to my property. It is a raw, challenging area of the country to live in, but it makes me feel more alive than any other place I’ve lived. I am able to pursue some of my hobbies, such as hiking, photography, and art.
I started from scratch in a new field with a new career, and I enjoy the challenges it presents as well as the accomplishments and promotions I have received.
I have had some minor weight fluctuations but was fortunate to find a new weight loss program which has helped me take off some additional weight and stabilize my weight maintenance (see page on Weight Loss for additional details). I am now at my lowest weight in over 20 years. I am healthy and happy, and look better than I have ever looked in my life. A former ugly duckling. . .now a self-made swan.
I hope my web page continues to inspire others to change their lives for the better. Mine has been a ten-year journey, but one that I thank God that I made. You can change your life!
“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and
endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in
others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden
patch. . . to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This
is to have succeeded!”
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