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A Tale of Two Lives
Joe Cross is one of Australia's most successful futures and options traders ever. His story is remarkable and forms the basis of this blog. I encourage you to read, then do...as Joe has done!
A strange thing has happened in my life since late last year when I got a new boss—a remarkably smart and infectiously enthusiastic people person who has spent a lifetime caring for everyone else...but himself—until now.
In early January, he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and in April had surgery to remove his entire large intestine and colon. For the next six weeks, he wore a bag while the internal reconstruction of an artificial colon using part of his small intestine healed.
He has NEVER ONCE complained, acted bitter, or used his sickness as a crutch or excuse for anything. At work since January, his unbelievable transformation has became our transformation as we watched, listened, and witnessed what seemed like a perfectly healthy 48 year old man go from 269 pounds to 180. As cubicle mates, it is truly remarkable to sit 10 feet from him each day, listen to his calls, hear his attitude, see his love for family, friends, colleagues, and our Sailors. He is truly one of the finest men with whom I have ever had the honor and privilege to work and be led, for that is what he does—he is a leader, and he leads.
Seeing his struggle has actually shined the light back on some of my own struggles. About 40-pounds overweight by every civilian and military body mass standard since around age 40 or so, taking a handful of pills every single day to artificially regulate everything from blood pressure to blood sugar, cholesterol, allergies, and acid reflux. Sleeping wearing a mask to force pressurized air into my airway and force it open to quell apnea and allow me to sleep, headaches, muscle aches, and the ever present wheeze of adult asthma…I’m tired of the struggle, and I shared this fact with my new boss and mentor who in turn shared something potentially life changing back my way.
What he shared was a documentary by an Australian named Joe Cross. The hour long film is called FAT, SICK, & NEARLY DEAD. Here’s a 2-min trailer: http://vimeo.com/18732737
The entire hour long film can be viewed here for free: http://www.jointhereboot.com/
Several weeks ago on Facebook I posted a link to the trailer, despite the fact that I had only watched it and NOT the whole film. I believe my link got a resounding two likes and no comments...I guess I should have suggested it contained a Kardashian! (smile)
Anyway, if there was something in America threatening the lives of 17,000,000 (seventeen million) Americans every year, you can bet our nation would mobilize every possible resource to reduce and eventually eliminate that threat. Yet nothing much is being done, and so Americans continue to struggle.
Here’s my challenge: For the last 6 weeks after sheepishly admitting to my boss and friend that I had not yet watched the film when he would occasionally ask, tonight I took responsibility and WATCHED THE FILM! Wow…
Afterwards, I drove to Walmart and invested $45 in a small Black & Decker juicer and a dozen or so bags of carrots, celery, and spinach, returned home, and juiced a delicious dinner! I am on water bottle #3 since 6pm tonight, and my 60-day personal challenge to do as Joe did and lose the weight (and hopefully the pills) starts NOW!
The issue of obesity in the Western Industrialized nations is an epitemic, and I encourage anyone else who has the courage to recognize you suffer with physical issues and ailments to watch the film, and consider joining me on this AUG 17 – OCT 16 challenge!