Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Minus 150 Days - Eat Less. Move More.

My insurance agent squirmed when he delivered a copy of my new longterm care policy. Slightly stuttering, he said, "I'm sorry I wasn't able to get the preferred rate I quoted you."

"Anything wrong?" I asked, secretly dreading what I knew was coming.

He slid the paper toward me, using that silent technique salesmen hope will make it better if they don't have to say it outloud.

One word: WEIGHT.

After I shared the story with my sister in Atlanta, she suggested since we've all decided to eat less and move more these days, we could form a Family FUNactics Club, with our first objective to build "future firm figures!"

"The good news is," she encouraged, "this is something you can really do something about!" (That's what I love about my sister!)

If you're interested in charting progress with us, here's the form we used. I guess we'll update it every week or so during our 150-day start to a new lifestyle, despite the fact one of my friends says when you exercise, fat itches!

Whadya say, Santa?

P.S. That's our grandson, Connor on his knee!