I think here there can be no doubt. It was dropping 80 pounds and in the process gaining a whole new perspective on my life and life in general.
I was a happy guy while big. I played hockey still, I did karate still but I was doing those things at a level down here (you have to imagine me holding my hand down low and waving it a bit). Now I do those things and so much more and it’s at a level that is way up here (again imagine me holding my hand over my head and doing that little wave thing).
It was this one accomplishment that has allowed me to make possible everything else that has followed. I couldn’t have got my Black Belt, run races, got the most improved player award at hockey without first having lost all that weight.
I have come to realize in the last little while though that it’s not really the weight loss that was the accomplishment, it was the change in attitude toward food, spare time and life in general that was the achievement and the reward.