The First One

Hi!

My name is James and I am a normal IT professional who is currently based in Singapore.  I was born and raised in the Philippines and I migrated to Singapore in September of 2005.

This blog is not really intended for other people to read or look at but if visitors do come they would be most welcomed to share or comment on my posts.

So if this blog is not for others, what is it for?  Well, it’s for me to keep track of what I’ve been doing to reach my goals.  Over the years I thought life was just about money and this has driven me until around April of this year.

In early April, a few weeks before I was to go on a vacation, I suffered what I feel was a gout attack.  I cannot be sure because I’m the type of person who prefers self-medication. The symptoms however point to it.  Because of that I realized that I’m too young to be having gout problems – or at least I think I am still too young.  At age 32 I was already experiencing these symptoms that an older man is supposed to be experiencing.

That event made me realize that I have been too careless with my life.  I’m just 5’5″ but my weight is 220 lbs.  Those stats point to someone who is not taking care of himself.

I want to grow old.  I want to see my grandchildren grow up and hopefully my great grandchildren.  At 32 I feel like I’m almost 50.

After my vacation, when I have fully recovered from that first gout attack, I decided to embark on a new journey.  I decided to start exercising.  I decided to put less stress on myself in both my work and in my life.  I decided I wanted to live!

That gout attack made me realize that the money I earn and send back to my parents for their medical needs does not define who I am.  What defines me has not yet been found.  Basically, at 32 I have not really accomplished anything.  I need to be healthy so that I can have a chance to accomplish something.

About two weeks ago, May 17 to be exact, I started with my weight loss initiative.  With the use of iPhone apps I wanted to track my progress.  My current goal is to break the 200 lbs mark.  My next goal after that is to be at 175 lbs.  And so on and so forth until I feel that I am healthy and alive.

Will I be able to reach these goal?  I don’t know but one thing is for sure…I won’t give up this time!

With that, what will I be posting in this blog?  Of course I want to give updates on my progress of losing weight.  But other than that I also want to provide insights on the other challenges of life and how I deal with them.  Lastly, I also want to share a little more about myself like what I want to do in my spare time – anything under the sky.

The main thing is I want to use this blog to keep on motivating myself to be alive.  If visitors do drop by I hope they “hold” my hand in this journey that I will be embarking.  Support from everyone – even strangers – will help me survive the savage crossroads of life that I need to face head on.

Wish me luck!!!

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