I know what its like to fight the metaphorical battle of the bulge. I know what its like to struggle with weight. I have been engaged in that conflict since my childhood. I have enduring memories of feeling bad about myself due to my weight, even eschewing short-sleeved shirts in order to cover the stretch marks on my arms. I can still recall the hurtful experiences of being labeled the comparison to the Pillsbury Doughboy and feeling that I was an inferior person because of my weight.Happily, I know what its like to also emerge victorious from the battle of the bulge. Beginning in 2007, I embarked on a weight loss journey which would lead to the shedding of more than 70 pounds of excess weight. Although I had lost a little weight at various points in the past, my victory dwarfed the successes of those previous attempts.In a very real sense I experienced a transformation, not only in terms of my appearance but also from a mental and emotional standpoint. For the first time in my life I achieved a feeling of self-confidence and positive self-esteem. I started to actually feel good about myself. It had less to do with the reduction in body fat and more to do with the knowledge that I had succeeded in transforming into a better version of myself. That was the goal, I achieved it and boy did it feel good.I have been asked on multiple occasions how I managed to achieve such weight loss success. The question would usually be accompanied by a remark about the dramatic change in my appearance. Due to such questions I conceived the idea of sharing my story and disseminating the principles which I utilized to lose weight and gain health. Although the idea remained simmering in the back of my mind, I wasnt exactly sure how I could make it a reality. This book is the realization of that idea.I adopted the ideas found in the following pages into my daily life. As a result, I succeeded in maintaining my improved health and fitness for five years. So I know they work when they are put to work.