My weight was starting to be a problem for me at work. I found myself coming in later and leaving earlier during the day. I guess the sugar was affecting my mood swings. I always worked hard when I was at work, but I had gotten complacent over time. I would always visit our stores in Baton Rouge, Hammond, and Slidell. I kind of called them the outfield stores due to their distance from the home office. This gave me an opportunity to pass time, enjoy a burger or two while earning dollars for road miles driven. I enjoyed driving, so it didn’t matter to me. Back then, we never had cell phones, just a beeper. If someone needed me, all they had to do was beep my number and I would call when I arrived at the next store. I liked all the Store Directors in the out lying locations; Jimmy, Frank & Ron.
After many arguments at home with my wife Jane, I decided to try to lose weight again. I was approaching 420 lbs. and my clothes were tight and I was miserable. I had a 60″ waist and wore a 5 XXXXXL Shirt. I was always jealous of the guys in my neighborhood. We all belonged to Westgate Country Club and our kids went to school at either St. Lawrence the Martyr or Archbishop Chappelle High School. We are now in the early 90’s. I was embarrassed to be in the pool with out a T-Shirt to wear. I had just been appointed the President of Westgate Country Club, which was a thankless position. We had about 75 families, but only about 10 did the work while the other 65 bitched about everything under the sun.
I had to do something about my weight. I knew how to lose weight, but just never managed to keep it off any longer than a few months. My hard head and stubborn ways led me back to the same old habits. I loved Food and Food loved me. It was a Romance like nothing else!! I ate when I was Happy, Sad, Lonely, Mad, or just plain hungry. It really didn’t matter. I honestly didn’t need a reason to eat, but this time I really had some motivation behind losing weight. I was approached by the IDDBA Committee to be a guest speaker and presenter with Chef Paul Prudhomme. The 1991 IDDBA was going to be in New Orleans in June of 1991. What a huge honor for me, my family and our Company. Mr. Schwegmann was extremely proud that I was going to represent our Company at an International Event that was being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. I decided to seek medical help this time to lose the weight I needed. I met with a Bariatric Doctor and was given several different pills and also took a shot once a week. I decided to double and triple dip during this time period. I also enrolled at Weight Watchers while attending OA, Overeaters Anonymous Meetings. I found an accountability partner at OA. I began to read the AA Book, which was a 12 Step Program for Alcoholics, which I guess you could say I was on the verge of becoming a weekend drinker too. I loved a Nawlins Daiquiri. I would buy them by the 1/2 Gallon. Between all the doctor visits, Weight Watcher, and OA Meetings, I began to lose weight again. Over the next several months, I was averaging close to 20 lbs. per month. In the beginning, I lost 40 lbs. and due to my size, it didn’t look like I lost a pound. After about 3 months, my clothes were becoming loose and my family and friends noticed my weight loss. I was starting to feel better about me again. I continued this program for the next 5 months. I finally was able to get under 300 lbs. for the first time in many years. I looked great and felt fantastic. I was able to buy new clothes and a much smaller size. I had gone from a 5XL to a 2XL Big in dress shirts and my waist went from a 62″ waist to a 50″ waist. I had lost a tremendous amount of inches all around. The IDDBA was slowly approaching and I had never been so ready for this incredible opportunity to present the Mardi Gras King Cake on behalf of New Orleans while Chef Paul Prudhomme presented a Cajun Gumbo. Life was back good again. My wife Jane and my mom were very proud of me and so was my other family members, friends and co-workers.
Will to Live – Gluttony w/ a Touch of Lust/ False Pride – Part 27