Wednesday, November 26, 2014


It is Thanksgiving 2014! Oh boy, where has the time gone?

Just the other day I was a senior in high school visiting colleges . . .

No. Wait. . . That is my ‘baby’ brother Kevin. How is he 17 now? That’s crazy. Life flies by, but you have to capture the moments, little and big, or you will miss it. And if you miss it, what is the point?

Thanksgiving is the perfect time (when isn’t it the perfect time? I guess that is a muse for another day) to reflect on things big and small.

When I was in school, so many years ago, we were always asked to reflect on what we were ‘thankful for’, we would write out our one line or one thing, sometimes draw a picture, sometimes write an essay, but is that enough.

Maybe it’s the season, or the fact that my commute is extremely quiet on the Metra, or the fact that as I prepare to a father (only a few more weeks until we meet our little man), I have spent quite some time musing to myself on things that I am thankful for this year.

My Family:

Now as I mentioned above, my family is growing in the very beginning of January. James Michael Grady III is expected to arrive on January 8, 2015, though I suspect he is going to be a little early. With my loving wife’s encouragement and our great restraint (even though she is much better at pinching pennies than I am), we moved into our first house, just weeks ago. My heart is so full of love for the two most important people in my life, but I have to be thankful that we have such a wonderful, supporting family that goes beyond our walls.

It takes a Village:

While we have always been close to our parents (moms especially), something triggered in all of us when we found out we were expecting. Our already loving and supporting family has been there at every turn to give advice, guidance and a much needed hand (especially in moving. Thank you John!).  I know these relationships will be growing even stronger as Baby G or Jimmy III or Trey (lolz, Kevin) or James or whatever you call him, comes into our lives.

It has also been a banner year for my brothers. The Grady boys have done well for themselves this year. Despite our crazy age range, all three of us have had some wonderful adventures over the last 12 months and are each preparing/ just getting started for a new stage of life. Oh, we also built and ran this little Podcast earlier this year. My hope is that we are able to pick it back up soon.

The Village gets bigger:

Now our extended families are quite large, each with their unique casts of characters. Earlier this year our Friend Family and Family Family merged as our good friend, Czarina (aka Capt’n Z) married Ashley’s cousin, Don. As I sat on the train this morning, I thought it was amazing that members of my wife’s family comment and ‘like’ things our friends post on social media because of the extended relationships we all have. It is amazing.


The last year has seen a number of friends and family members passing. Each of these people has touched our lives in one way or another. I know they are looking down on us from heaven, celebrating our blessings and fighting in our corners. And we are blessed for having had these people in our lives.

Thanks for reading and I wish you a wonderful and safe holiday.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 in Review

2012 was a great year for me. I got married, lost a bunch of weight and had an overall great year!

2013 had many ups and downs. Overall, the year was very good – my career has evolved and I was blessed with a wonderful new job that gives me a level of satisfaction that I had not experienced in years; my wife and I took our first real vacation (and her first plane trip in over 5 years); and despite a rocky year for family health, it ends with all family and friends doing well / getting better as far as health is concerned (knock on wood). There were some negatives, the year started with me being stuck in my job, lots of family spending time in the hospital and I gained a lot of weight. A lot.

Now it is 2014. A year for change and high spirits.

In 2013, I ran/ walked / completed three 5K’s. Three! Back in 2010, if you would have told me that I would one day complete one 5K, I would laugh you out of the room. Ha! Me? LOL; ROFLMAO; HAHA

It’s time for me to take this momentum and get back into shape, keep my spirits high, and rock 2014 the way it should be rocked!

At the beginning of the year, people will announce their New Year Resolutions – some with unrealistic goals, others just not plausible given that person’s empathy/ lack of motivation. In 2013, I just gave up on a healthy diet and didn’t try at all at the gym.

It’s definitely time to step back up. I will try to be better and hope you will join me for the adventure.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Year in Review

One year ago today, I stopped off on my way home from a birthday celebration to join a gym. Stating very matter-of-factly that I ate horribly for 26 years, I can give being healthy a try to have a happy and long life! I committed myself to lose weight for my fiancée, my wedding, my health, my life, my closet, my future, myself.

Like everything in life, actions have a catalyst. With me, losing weight started with two pictures. The first was the engagement photos I took with my fiancée. “Who is this fat guy in the photos?” I asked. It couldn’t be me. But, of course it was. I was motivated, but it wasn’t until I saw a photo with less than a year to go until the wedding and I realized that it was getting worse (or wider) instead of better.

Now over the past year I haven’t been 100% on top of this weight loss thing. Unfortunately, my weight has had a tendency to fluctuate up and down drastically (I am talking 5 pound swings in a day). Over the past year, I was able to lose over fifty pounds, reaching an all time low of 178 pounds and being able to pull off a medium consistently.

With stress and business from the wedding and getting back in the swing of things with work and new home life (the wedding was a smashing success fyi), I have put back on quite a bit of the weight. I blame not going to the gym consistently for the last four months as the primary reason. I currently weigh in at between 192 and 197 pounds depending on if it is morning or after dinner (like I said 5 pound shifts [crazy, right?]). For the first time in my life, I have been consistently less than 200 pounds for a significant number of months. I plan to keep it this way.

I am ready to re-commit to going to the gym and losing weight. My ultimate goal is 170 pounds and to keep myself there this time.

After this weekend and my birthday, I am swearing off my new found favorite vice:

DOUGHNUTS. Gourmet Doughnuts!

I am also going to limit drinking to one night a week. No more after work beer nor Monday bottle of wine with the wife (don’t think she will be too happy at first, but will love the results).

Hopefully these two things as well as going back to what works for the diet will help jump start everything and knock this weight back off fast!

Thanks for reading and I will be sure to post more from the progress!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We're Moving . . .

Hi all, I am moving the site to wordpress. This should be up by this weekend. The new address will be:

 I look forward to all of your comments and follow on this site.



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy March

I haven't posted in a while and I wanted to say that I haven't really lost any weight, but I am still keeping my weight the same. Hoping to get back on track and posting more soon.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

End of the month goal

February 29, 2012- 11:05 PM- Squeaked to my February goal of 185.0 LBS
 This means that my current BMI is 29.0!
Feels good to move a full digit away from Obese.