My name is Ross Taylor. I'm 33 years old and a lifelong resident of Erie County.
I am currently employed as a first-year apprentice through the Ironworkers Local 17 in Cleveland. Being in my first year work is slow so I will have a flexible schedule and plenty of time to make self-improvements.
I have never been “in shape” and in my adult life I'm feeling more and more out of shape. I'm realizing year by year, certain activities are become harder and harder. I don't bend and flex like I once did.
Over the past 10-plus years I've slipped into a deadly addiction and fought to regain control of my life, but struggled for many years and did unknown damage to my body and health.
However, over the past couple years I have slowly gained my body mind and soul from the evil grip of my IV heroin addiction.
In the past year I have taken my addiction by the proverbial horns and grained my life back through Alcoholics Anonymous. The men and woman of AA have showed me how to grow both mentally and spiritually.
I'm doing everything that is asked of me. Because I want what they have and in order to get it I do what they did in order to get it.
My sobriety date is April 28, 2013, and the changes I've seen are absolutely
Sometimes I never thought I would get my life back but now look at me. I have my mind and my soul in line. But the saying is "mind, BODY and soul" and that is the only part that AA doesn't show me how to fix.
That why I'm writing you guys. I need help I'm 6 feet tall and 292 pounds the last I checked in April.
That's 40-50 pounds over my weight from just a year ago and a BMI of 39.6!
I'm afraid as I grip new concepts and a new beginning in one aspect of my life. I am losing grip in another equally as important part, my health.
Please allow me to take part in your next FIT challenge. Our community has beautiful people being ripped from families prematurely and I believe I could be someone's role model or hope to see that no matter how strong or how deep your addiction goes there is a light at the end of the tunnel.