Nothing was more frightening to Tim Taylor than his moment of consciousness gazing into the eyes of the EMT poised over him watching the heart monitor and waiting to see if his heart would come back on line. Taylor lay inside an ambulance having suffered a heart arrhythmia brought on by a dozen Chinese hot wings and several glasses of some strong southern ice tea.
Fat as My Dad is the grateful story of a morbidly obese middle-aged father who radically changed his life simply by changing his mind – about wanting to live, that is. Tim Taylor’s self-published paperback can be read in one sitting, but its chain-breaking tips are valuable for a life-time.
“That day in the hospital, I thought of my old uncle, the Baptist preacher. I recalled a sermon he once gave about how Jesus entered the Temple only to find sellers and money changers polluting God’s Temple, turning it into a den of thieves. I realized that I’d let sellers and money changers – the giant restaurant chains, greedy corporations and corrupt pharmaceutical companies, turn my body, which the Bible says is God’s Temple, into a den of thieves, too. Thieves that only wanted to rob me of everything I held dear.
“In the sermon, Jesus got angry. Filled with anger. The Temple was his Father’s house, a sacred and holy place. He couldn’t stand for the thieves to be there, stealing everything he held dear for one more second. He made the decision to take action! He grabbed a staff and thrashed the place, busting it up, cleaning house and running the thieves out for good. Did he make the priest mad? I’m sure he did. Did he offend some people? You bet. But it had to be done to restore health and purity to his Father’s Temple. He had righteous anger. It’s not a bad thing to have, although it’s often misunderstood.
“I am full of righteous anger even today. By righteous anger I mean perfectly wonderful, fine and genuinely the morally justifiable feeling that I’ve been tricked, fooled, and deceived. That huge corporations, society and mostly my own ignorant decisions made me massively overweight, sick and suffering to the point that I almost lost everything I believed important to me. My wife, my daughter, my family and my friends that I hold so dear. I am enraged that I almost lost MY LIFE just by eating.”
Tim 2 Taylor (the 2 standing for his second chance at life) talks about how his wake up call led him to renovate life-long bad habits small steps at a time. In less than a year, he was a new man. Written in an easy straight forward manner directly geared toward men, Fat as My Dad not only talks about how Taylor gained 131 pounds in 27 years – but how he got all that excess weight off – forever. Taylor’s personal research with substantiated weight gain/loss facts only add to the enjoyment of this simple to read, simple to follow story. It’s got great pictures too.
Taylor says, “What you believe about yourself…it all comes true.”