Here’s a quote that can change your life: “My name’s Louden, Louden Swain. Last week I turned 18, I wasn’t ready for it…I haven’t done anything yet, so I made this deal with myself. This is the year I make my mark." –Louden Swain, Vision Quest
With the new year around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking…what haven’t you done? Stop looking at what you’ve achieved and look at the things you haven’t achieved? My friend Dave Armstrong who played in the band “Pictures” with me in the 1980’s once said to me, “My one goal in music is to have a CD that has my name on it for my children’s children to have and listen to.” I wonder if he ever made that dream come true?
With every day that you put off your goal, you come one day closer to never achieving that goal. Like Louden Swain, I said the same thing…the year I tried out for the Biggest Loser. Just change that quote to “Last week I turned 39…” and it might as well be me. The first time I saw that movie in high school was the year Midwest City high School won the state championship in football. I still have that ring. But I never did anything on my own. I never felt like that champion that I wanted to be. This was my chance. This was my year to wrestle Shute like in Vision Quest.
When I saw that movie, I said to myself, “yea, right…Like he could ever beat Shute! Look at Shute! He’s a monster! No way! It’s just a movie!” Now that I am the Biggest Loser Ever and have run 2 marathons, I now know that it could happen. Anything can happen at the price of effort. Leonardo da Vinci said, “O Lord, you givest us everything, at the price of an effort.” No one ever said it was going to be easy. But it isn’t that hard if you get your focus and truly believe that it can happen!
In the movie, his English teacher asked him if he was overstepping himself with this Shute challenge. He told him, “Definitely. Well, sometimes you got to…remember? This is like one of them times.” Well, I tell you that THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES FOR YOU…to step out of your comfort zone…to begin your “Vision Quest” and write the first few words in your new chapter in your life. What are you waiting for?
Since going to “The Biggest Loser” ranch, Danny lost 239 pounds, but more importantly, he’s learned the importance of living with a healthy mental attitude and physical lifestyle. It’s no wonder he’s NBC 's season eight’s winner of The Biggest Loser and was crowned "The Biggest Loser...EVER!!!" He lost an amazing 55.58% of his body weight during the show and can now happily say he is "less than half the man he used to be!"