It's definitely true that we don't know what tomorrow will bring. I am living proof of that. Just about eight months ago I challenged myself to take part in a physical and emotional journey. As a father who really doesn't want his amazing little 2nd grader traveling down the same bad roads that he did in life, I felt it was time to step up and make serious changes in my life. Coincidentally, while I was making this life-altering decision, there was an extreme event coming up called the Warrior Dash that a lot of my co-workers and friends were signed up to participate in. It all seemed to fall together. I would register for the Warrior Dash, spend the seven months leading up to it losing weight and getting healthier, while at the same time setting a good example for Meghan. Sounds pretty simple, right? It was for me anyway. And I am happy to report that over the course of those seven months, not only did I lose almost 100 pounds, but I think I managed to inspire a few people (Meghan included I hope). I definitely learned a lot about myself along the way. As the Warrior Dash got closer, I wondered how my little journey would end.

I never thought it would be in the emergency room in the middle of the night. Remember how I said I learned a lot about myself? Well one of the things that I learned the hard way is that apparently I had developed a hernia years ago that all my extra weight was keeping in place. Losing all the weight brought it to the surface, and three days before the Dash I ended up writhing in pain on my living room floor. Waiting for an ambulance, I prayed that whatever it was that just hit me wouldn't be enough to take me away from my daughter the way too many of my friends have been taken.

The surgery turned out to be more serious than the doctors had thought. But I am still here. And while I was upset about being unable to participate in the Warrior Dash, my doctor told me that all the workouts I had put in over the past seven or eight months are probably what saved my life. I am proud of that. I also continue to remind myself that everything happens for a reason. Now it is all about the road back for me. New goals to be set. Most importantly, I have an opportunity to enjoy every minute with Meghan and make the most of every day ahead.