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40-year-old Keith Hockman has survived a rare brain illness, and now he's marching into battle with his weight. The Madison resident wants to show his children how to get control of your life and live healthier.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Hello everybody, how are you doing? I am hanging in there. Things have been coming along very slowly this month so far, but I hope to do better this time around then I have done the past few months. I could use as much encouragement as you could spare. The next few months are gonna be tough because I have a lot of ground to make up. I just need to get my focus back. Life has it's way of getting in the way sometimes, but now is crunch time. I'm not just talking about the painful kind either. I may not have enough time to hit my overall goal, but I would still like to lose as much as I can. Well, I hope everyone is doing good. I wish you all the luck in the world. Positive thinking, right??? We can do it, stay strong.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"What has been the biggest change in me since I started the contest."

Wow, this question isn't as easy to answer I as I thought it would be. So far I have had mixed success in this contest. I started off great, but then I have went the wrong way the last two weigh-ins. Over all I am still down, but no where near I intended to be at this point. I suppose that the biggest change in me since I have started this contest is my attitude. There was a time in my life that I would really beat myself up if I wasn't doing well at something. The first time that I lost a large amount of weight with Weight Watchers, I would punish myself if I didn't lose any weight for the week. I have learned that way of doing things isn't reality. It is impossible to work out like a maniac when you work 40 hours a week and have kids that are in sports. There just aren't enough hours in the day. My attitude has changed. I have realized that losing weight is a process. It isn't something that should be done in a short period of time like I did before. If you lose it to fast, it will always find it's way back. I am not beating myself up anymore. I know that I am capable of losing weight. I know that if I have a bad month, it isn't the end of the world. I can come back, and I will. So don't beat yourself up if you are struggling. Look to your family or friends for motivation. We all wanted to do this contest because we wanted to make fundamental changes in our lives. Each and every one of us are capable of doing just that. We already have, and we can continue to do so. Keep a positive attitude and remember, we get out of life what we put in to it. Stay strong everybody. I will talk to you all later.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday 5/21

Hello everyone, how are you doing? I am hanging in there. I am not sure how well the weight loss went this month, if it went at all that is. I will find out in a few more hours. I think I am about the same as last month. Wish me luck. I will talk to you all soon.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday 5/11

Well, today went better than yesterday. My headache let up enough for me to function. I did good on my diet, until I got home that is. It was a dinner date with my arch nemeses, pizza. Pizza is like kryptonite to me. Normally I am Super Man, until I smell pizza. Oh well, I guess I just have to work out a little harder tonight. My spirits are up, and I feel good. I just have to keep working on my will power. I guess that is all for today everyone. I will talk to you all soon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday 5/10

I owe an apology to Laura, sorry Laura for not staying on top of my blog. I guess you can say that I feel victim to the recent nice weather we have been having. That being said, I think it is going to rain the rest of the week, imagine that. I really am thankful that I am a part of this competition. I have had the pleasure to meet many wonderful people over the past three months. I have made a decision that may shock anyone who is following my blog. It may seem selfish, but for the remainder of this competition I am going to focus on myself. Since the beginning, I have been trying to get everyone around me to make healthy changes in their lives. My plan has worked, and there are close family members that are doing just that. The problem is that in all of my scheming, I neglected myself. So if anyone is reading my rambling, please don't be offended by my decision. I still love my family, friends, and life in general. It is just time to do this for me. I am tired of not feeling well. I am tired of being tired all of the time. I know how good I felt when I lost the weight the first time and I am going to do it again. I would like to say to my niece Amanda, you are an inspiration to me. You were raised by two wonderful parents who did an incredible  job. They taught you to be strong, so keep going in your weight loss journey. Even though I am concentrating on myself, I will always be here for you whenever you need me. To everyone else, I will see you all soon. Hopefully you will see less of me.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday 4/30

Hey everyone, how are you? I am good. I made it through the weigh in. Yes it was a set back, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. I can still get right back into the thick of things with a little extra hard work. So Karin, you want to know what I accomplished today. Well, after the weigh in I went home and pumped the tires up on my mountain bike and I went for a ride. I have to tell you, my legs feel like cooked spaghetti, but it was refreshing to say the least. I am so used to being on the treadmill that I found I have muscles that I forgot that I have. Well, it was good seeing everyone today, sorry I missed Barb though. Good luck this month everyone. I will talk to you all later.