Our last guy in this group is jkw69
, a 39-year-old resident of Springfield, Missouri. The son of two teachers, jkw69 grew up in Arkansas in a religious family. "I was raised as a Southern Baptist," he says, "strict with a ‘healthy’ fear of God. I've finally grown out of that phase of my life. I am a recovering Southern Baptist! Today, I have a strong belief in spirituality, not religion." He also has the companionship of a fantastic partner, Michael, who is, as he describes, "my lifelong partner and love. Michael and I have had lots of ups and downs...many peaks and valleys so far, but we have a bond and connection that we work to strengthen daily. It has not
been easy at times, but it has always been great
. Michael has experienced lots of loss in his family and consequently is an extremely thoughtful and nurturing person."
This happy couple also has kids—of the four-legged variety. "My sister is married too, but has no children," jkw69 explains. "Well...she has two furry children, as do Michael and I—we're a family of Shih-Tzu children. My parents started breeding Shih-Tzus and gave two to Angie and Michael as Christmas and birthday gifts. Mom and Dad have four so it's a Shih-Zoo when we all get together!" We hope the dogs are on board for what looks like a life-altering couple of months. Jkw69 is really ready to make a change: "I entered this challenge because I want to live a long life. Prior to this I was not on that path. I want to learn lessons that will carry me through the second half of my life—lessons that will allow me to live that second half of my life stronger and healthier than the first."
We want that for jkw69 and all
of our Weight-Loss Challenge participants. We’re rooting for you, guys!
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