Daily Archives: July 29, 2011

A Guest Post By My Dad

My dad and I talk about my blog and the comments I receive pretty often. And he always has wonderful things to say about those of you who take time to share your thoughts so it seemed like fun to have him share his thoughts with you too!

When Kenlie surprised me with the invitation to do a guest post, I was honored to do it. I am her father, and I live north of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on a farm 20 miles from the nearest town.  I am proud to say I am the father of two lovely daughters, Kenlie being the eldest. Both have accomplished tremendous things in their lives, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.

While I am not on a weight loss journey, I do follow Kenz’s blog and read most of the comments that you leave for her everyday.  And one thing that truly pleases me is the sense of community and the common bond many of you share.  It seems that no matter where you are on your journey, there are things to learn from each other, and that is priceless.

For a long time, I was concerned about Kenlie’s excess weight.  And over the years, my heart ached for her – especially when she would break down and cry, as we discussed it.  I could not make her do it, but my prayer and heart’s desire for her was that she would come to a place, where she would do for herself, what I could not do for her.  And she did.  She reached that point, and the changes are amazing.

How many people in the middle of a weight loss journey can swim a mile?  I am sure some of you can, and I’ve watched my daughter do it. I’ve watched her transition to the person she is today and share her enthusiasm for what the future yet holds.

The icing on the cake (excuse my analogy) for me is watching her share her journey which allows her to inspire change in others. And when I read comments that express that, I am reminded  that she is on the right track.  Each of you is truly a blessing to her, and I know she is to many of you too.  Kenlie believes in what she’s doing, and she also believes in you.

As her father, I feel as though I should leave you with a wise thought, but what can I say?  The measure of a person’s character does not lie in our mistakes, our failures or our shortcomings.  We are, after all, human.  What matters more is our willingness to press on after those mistakes and to make ourselves better everyday.

We win at life by living it one day at a time, and everyday gives us the opportunity to chase our dreams.  I’m proud of Kenlie for doing it, and I’m proud of all of you for doing it too!