June 12, 2014

Jack Rocks the Boat One Last Time

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Yes, this is our last "Man Overboard" post by guest blogger Jack Sh*t, but fear not!  You can Jacked Up to your heart's content by visiting his excellent blog Jack Sh*t Getting Fit. Thank you so much Jack for taking us along with you on your journey these past months, and we wish you smooth sailing and sunny skies on your lifelong voyage! (Though life being what it is, don't forget to pack plenty of pepto bismol and dramamine)---Crabby

This is the final installment of my Man Overboard series. If you’d like to see the other posts in this series, just click on this link (Ha! Did you really think I was going to go dig up those posts and create a super-convenient way for you to access them? Well then, you don’t know me very well!).

If you’re coming late to the party, allow me to catch you up: My name’s Jack and I run a weight-loss and tire repair blog called Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit. Last year, I decided to start a second weight-loss blog because… well, who knows why I do the things I do?

Long story short (I know – too late, too late), I lost my password and had to spike the project. To repay an old family debt (her uncle leapt on a live grenade saving my grandfather’s life during WWI), I granted the Crankster the opportunity to publish these posts and… okay, okay… I can see that I’m losing you. Without further ado…

Man Overboard: Anchors aweigh

“You can't cross the sea merely
by standing and staring at the water.”
–Rabindranath Tagore

I am on a great adventure.

In the past, I have thought of this weight loss journey as a trip from here to there.

A beginning.

An interminable middle.

And an end.

Sometimes, that’s all that keeps me going, that idea that there’s a sunny, sandy shore somewhere in the distance awaiting my eventual arrival.

That one bright day in the not-so-distant future, I will see a shoreline on the horizon and know that all my hard work, all my sacrifices have paid off.

That I’ve finally arrived.

You already know exactly what it is that’s taken me so, so long to learn, don’t you?

This has never been about a trip from Point A to Point B.

This is bigger than that.

As big as the ocean.

This is about making substantial, proactive changes in my what I do and what I believe.

This is about turning intentions into actions and actions into habits.

This is about changing my mindset, starting with smart decisions, healthy choices and an active lifestyle and ending with…

Ending with…

Well, it doesn’t end, does it?

It never ends.

This isn’t about the destination.

It’s about the journey.

I am the master of my destiny.

I am the captain of my soul.

And I am on a great adventure.

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“We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would
be less because of that missing drop.”
–Mother Teresa


  1. What a great post! I have shared it with a friend who is feeling overwhelmed by the process of trying to lose weight. Thanks!

  2. Death Ride GrandmaJune 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Bon voyage, Jack. You are so right! Like any good adventure, it will have some rough patches, but you will get through them.

  3. Yes, it's all about the journey. That's one reason it's so difficult for me with a lot of things -- i want a nice, neat, wrapped up, happily-ever-after ending, such as i got in all of the books i voraciously read when i was young. Part of me wants something to get done and stay done.

    In the movie The Incredibles, there's a scene where a reporter is interviewing Mr. Incredible, and he frustratedly admits to wishing that, just once, he could save the world and it would stay saved for a few minutes. That's how i feel sometimes.

    Good luck on your own adventure, Jack. May you find peace and joy in the journey.

  4. Yes, weight loss is indeed a tough journey but worthwhile. Success was never meant to be easy. The process is meant to be hard and long so we have enough time to change our perspective and develop better attitudes towards life. It is not just about losing pounds, its about life's lessons. Thanks for sharing the post Jack. Wish you all the best!

  5. Good timing on this post. I too thought I would go from fat to skinny and that would be it. I approached it the right way, by lifestyle changes. I took almost a year and a half to lose 100 pounds. Then I stalled out. I stayed stagnant for a year and then started gaining again. I am still fighting back but not as hard as I was when I first lost the weight.
    I seem to rise to challenges. I need challenges to keep me motivated. For a while I was rallying against being defined as a woman who lost a lot of weight and could tell everyone how to do it too. I didn't want to be THAT person.
    Now I am thinking that perhaps I AM that person. Perhaps, just perhaps, I should embrace this as my new life. Something like being a life-coach and mentor does appeal to me. So I am thinking of a new part to my life journey. I am considering becoming a certified Yoga instructor.

    Anyway, I like how you put together this post. Life is a journey … until it is over, we are always on that journey. Then we go on another one! :)

  6. weight reduction is without a doubt an intense excursion however advantageous. Achievement was never intended to be simple. It is not pretty much losing pounds, its about existence's lessons. harley street hypnotherapy clinic


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