I'm Writing A Book
April 8, 2005
Well, I admit it. They got to me. All the people who have responded so positively to my various articles regarding my 180-pound weight loss success doing Atkins in 2004 have given me the motivation to accomplish something just as challenging. That's right, I have decided to fulfill one of my dreams and write a book about this incredible journey God has taken me through.
While I'm used to writing 1000-word, two-page essays in various forums, I have never attempted to write a 200-page book before. And it has not been a light decision by any means. After all, it will add yet another thing to my already busy schedule that includes work, cardio exercise, weight lifting, church, political activities, family time, etc. But after praying about it and receiving encouragement from my friends and family, I decided it would be well worth the effort.
The idea for the book came from the literally hundreds of e-mails I have received from around the world regarding what I have been able to accomplish eating a low-carb lifestyle. The way so many people have opened up to me and shared their innermost desires to get rid of excessive weight has inspired me to help them reach and achieve their goals with the same vigor and passion it took me to do the same.
After all, it hasn't been that long ago (January 1, 2004) that I was sitting in their shoes wishing there was a way to lose weight permanently and feel good about my physical self. And, as I have stated many times before, I still have to be on guard even now about gaining back the enormous amount of weight God has so graciously allowed me to lose. It's a daily struggle and anyone who has ever been overweight or obese knows what I'm talking about. My heart literally aches for people now who need to lose weight and who have simply given up because they think there is no hope for them.
THEY are the precisely the ones I want to reach with this book I'm writing. Of course, there may be some curious skinny people who will pick up the book based on the title (which I will keep a secret under lock and key until it is released...BUT IT'S A GOOD ONE!). And there will be fellow low-carbers who will want to read about how somebody else did on Atkins. Regardless of the reasons for getting the book, it should be one that will be highly marketable. At least that is the expectation that I have for it.
These past two months have been primarily devoted to coming up with ideas and thoughts about what to put in the book. I have all the chapters outlined and the content is now ready to be written. In fact, I officially started writing the book this week and hope to have a rough manuscript completed by the end of June.
At this point, I am looking for a publisher for the book. I have a few leads right now, but nothing is certain. If there isn't any interest in the book from a reputable publisher, then I will likely self-publish (and, thus, self-promote) the book. The latter will make it harder to get the book out to the target market I am looking for. But I believe God has placed this desire on my heart to help those who need to read it and it will reach those who need to get it.
I'm not worried about what will happen with the book, though. After losing 180 pounds in a year, it's hard not to think you can do just about anything you set your mind to! It is, by far, the biggest achievement of my life and I want to share my struggles, heartaches, pain and triumph with the whole world through this book.
I will still try to write articles in this forum from time to time, but if you don't hear from me for a while you will know what I am doing. I promise you when the book is complete it will be an incredibly fascinating and inspiring story to anyone who is interested in how a 410-pound man literally turned his physical health around for the better.
So, adios for now. Pray for my continued strength in this endeavor as I pursue this dream of mine. God bless you for your love and support.
Jimmy Moore lives in Spartanburg, SC and is a regular contributing writer for GOPUSA, CommonVoice.com and Men's News Daily. He has been eating low-carb since January 1, 2004 when he tipped the scales at 410 pounds. He has lost 180 pounds to date thanks to eating the Atkins way. Send Jimmy an e-mail at [email protected] if you have any questions about the low-carb lifestyle or what he did to lose the weight.