Wednesday, May 29, 2013

To Everything There Is A Season

My life is changing in big ways!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  (NKJV)
To every thing there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, And a time to die; 
A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.

 The past three years have been a remarkable journey.  Those of you who have followed along have seen an incredible transformation in my physical body.  But there has been an even bigger transformation taking place in my life. 
 The seasons are changing!  Soon I will have lost 300 pounds.  Soon I will reach a "normal" body weight.  Soon I will commence with the next leg of my journey.   Just what is that going to be?  What is in store for Norm?   
 I have felt all along that I would find a way to share my "message" of restored health with others.  But how to go about that?  And exactly what would that message be?  Believe it or not, I've struggled long and hard over what my "message" to the world is.  Sure, I could point the world to how I eat now.  But there are plenty of voices out there pushing the whole-foods plant-based low-fat diet that I eat.  And they're doing a fantastic job of it. 
 I could focus my attention entirely on the super morbidly obese people like I was.  After all, I have an intimate knowledge of what it is to be where they are.  I've been there and I know the obstacles they face.  But what about everyone else?  Surely I have a message for them as well.
 I could focus my message on the transition to better eating.  After all, I could not bring myself to dietary change all at once...   and I believe most people have trouble with it.  Learning how to transition towards better eating is powerful knowledge that could benefit a wide audience.
 I could focus my message on the spiritually minded.  I am finding more and more spiritual connections to the food we eat and am currently preparing to teach a series of classes at my church on this very subject.
  Or I could be even more ambitious and take my message to our struggling youth and help get them started in the right direction before they end up where I did.

 Or I can do ALL of these things.

I'm leaning towards the last option.  I want to carry my message to everyone, everywhere.  I want to reach the people in the churches they attend and hit them with a message that will inspire them to look at how they eat as an aspect of their spirituality.   
 I want to carry my message to those who are super morbidly obese.  I want to share with them hope for a bright and healthy future.  
 I want to carry my message to our young people who face more and more health problems due to poor  diet choices. 
 I want to reach all of these people and I want to do it in a way that isn't "all about the money".   Some of those who need to hear my message the most can't afford to buy a book or a DVD.  Young kids aren't going to fork over lunch or allowance money to learn what I have to teach them.
 Diet, health, and weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry and it sickens me to think of competing in that market.   Yes, I see myself writing a book, and I hope it's a best seller.  I have an amazing story and I could do a lot to accomplish my goals of helping people with money coming in from a best-selling book!  But the book is down the road and won't be the main focus of my life.  Face to face interaction.  Talking to people.  Teaching them in person.  That's where the rubber hits the road.  I have a vision of an organization, a not for profit organization, perhaps even a 501c3 non profit, who's purpose is to take my message to any group that'll have me.  In the meeting halls.  In the schools.  In the churches.   On the internet.

 Sometime this summer or fall I will be having my Three Hundred Pound Party!  I will be celebrating having lost 300 pounds.  I'll be inviting everyone I've known for the past few decades.   I'll invite family, friends, church congregations I've been involved in over the years, people I've worked with, different social groups I've been involved in.  I will also invite those I've met on the internet.  I will invite the media.  It will be a huge party!  I will be sharing my journey up till now with everyone there.   I'll be sharing my vision for the future.   
 This will also be a "Coming Out" party.  Up to this point I've hidden behind a cloak of anonymity on the internet.  You all know my name is not Norm.  Nor is it John Smith.   It will be time to step up to the plate.  If I'm going to carry my message to the public, I have to do it as myself, not Norm, and not John Smith.
 I believe if handled right such a "party" would gather some media attention.   To capitalize on that I want to have a website up and running before then.  This blog and my journal elsewhere have served their purposes up till now, but I need to have a better footprint on the internet and a proper website will be my first step.

 So expect a website in the near future!  Expect an announcement for my Three Hundred Pound Party!  Expect more news on all my other plans!

 These are exciting times!

 -Norm   aka  John Smith

(If you're interested in helping with the costs of a website and plans for my upcoming celebration, my email is: eatmorestarch at


  1. I can't wait to hear what you are going to do!

  2. I am anxiously awaitng to hear more. I know for sure that I would buy any book you write or read any website you make. I am especially interested in what you are teaching at your church.
    Just today, you have inspired me to "white knuckle" it to lower my bodies expectation of volume. My body might hate you for a short time...but I need to hear that I can do hard things. There has been an unwelcomed voice inside of me for many years telling me to "Eat your pain" I can see by what you have accomplished that you know how to shut it up and I am listening to you.
    -The person who is listening. :>)

  3. Congratulations!

    I don't know if I have ever commented on your blog before though I have been reading it for quite a while. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I have found it to be such a positive and inspiring story to read. I especially love your approach of gradually adapting things and making small changes.

  4. Spiritual connections to food would be of great interest to some including me. There are a lot of unhealthy people in churches, even ones that have a health emphasis, that need to hear your message of true healthy eating. I have watched your wonderful progress and keep hoping to learn of a way to share with others without coming on in a preachy way. I have never been overweight but had to turn to this way of eating to get my cholesterol to drop. I have been blessed by your commentary ove on the McDougall discussion board