This usually happens when we are out running errands somewhere and we see some other big guy with a weight problem. Most often, I am way off and have chosen some guy who is much rounder than me. It is hard to get a true sense of perspective when we tend to just see ourselves standing in front of the mirror. Maybe that is why so many people have their "a-ha" moment when they see a photo of themselves (from the side, or the back).
Anyway, we have been watching The Biggest Loser this season and met Antone Davis. He is similar to me in a few ways:
- He's 6'4" (193cm)
- He's bald (or shaves his head, like I do)
- He's in his mid-40's, married with kids
- He has battled his weight for awhile now
"That's you," she said.
At this point, Antone probably weighed just above 300 lbs. He looked like me (but with a better tan). Though he once weighed 476 lbs, he was now in my neighborhood.
Last night, we watched the finale and he weighed in at 245 lbs. He reminded me of a body type that I once had (except the huge muscle tone that went with it).
I am not trying to get down to 217. Maybe not even 245. 250 sounds good. Now, I can even picture what I would look like.
Remember the phrase about Michael Jordan? "I want to be like Mike!" That is silly for most guys. They will never grow to be 6'6".
But I can be just like Antone.