Journal entry, 1-02-07
Hi all.  I guess a lot of folks are wondering what I am up to.  Well, I have been enjoying the Christmas season with
my family.  I spent Christmas eve with Cheryl's family and Christmas day with mime.  It was so nice being with my
family.

I was able to Call Mary Herring on Christmas day and I learned that Judi, Bert and their family is doing just fine.  It
was nice talking with her.  That was the first time that I was able to talk with her since she went home.  I will be
looking forward to seeing them again.  

I am not sure as to the exact day that I will be back out there walking.  I have only 352 miles to go.  I really think I
can do it in 3 weeks or maybe 4 max.   I also know that I must be done with the walk by the 15th of Feb.  So I will
be getting back to the walk very soon.  

I am really looking forward to the rest of the walk.  My health has improved so much, I actually miss walking.  I
rode bicycles with my wife today.  I could not believe the energy I have.  Last year I could not ride a bike.  Now I
ride with not much effort.  The difference is amazing.  After riding, I played basketball for a while.  I am a normal
person again.  Most folks would not know the significance of what I am writing.  But if you remember, I could not
walk across Wal-Mart when I started this journey.   I think only those obese people that are 350 lbs and above
would understand what it is like not being able to do anything.  How can I explain to folks the joy of being able to
do these things again.  Especially after thinking I was going to die.  

I have so many folks to thank for their help and support.  Those of you that have met me you know what I mean.  
Well, that is about it for the news as of late.  Take care all, Gary, "Keep on Walking, one foot in front of the other."

Journal entry, 1-3-07
I have some great news!  I talked with Judi today and She & her husband Bert placed their fast-5 book on their
website.  It is a free down load.  That is so great!  Hundreds of folks all over the world have downloaded it just in
the past few days.  I urge everyone to go to their website:                              and down load it.  Call everyone you
know and have them get their free copy.  You can still obtain a hard copy of the book by ordering.  You only have
to pay production and shipping cost for the hard copy.  It is around $9.95.  But the down loadable book is free.  

I guess because of all the activity that has surrounded my life in the past few weeks I have not wished everyone a
Merry Christmas and Happy new year.   I want to take the time now to do that.  I really hope each and every one
of you have had a wonder Christmas.  I also hope that many of you will join me in making a goal this new year to
lose weight.  I will continue losing weight until I am at around 165 lbs.  That is my new goal.  I have lost two shoe
sizes and feel so good.  Take care all, Gary, "Keep on walking, one foot in front of the other."

Journal entry, 1-11-07
Hi everyone.  I am still at home in St. Louis.  It looks like it will be next weekend before I return on my journey.  I
want to get back to my walk as soon as I can.  I don't have to tell everyone how it can be financially.  Cheryl & I
are working very hard to free me up so I can get back out there.  I have been working from 1:45 pm until 8:30 am
every night for the past 2 weeks.  I know it is very long hours, but we have to get a few things caught up before I
leave.  It is just the responsible thing to do.   So, for everyone wondering what is going on, that is it.  A friend of
ours takes care of her 89 year old mother.  She got very sick with the flu (perhaps the same flu that I had) and
she could no longer take care of her mother.  So I got the job.  19 hours a day.  I get 5 hours off to go home and
take a shower.  The pay is great.  I volunteered in a nursing home for 3 years back in the 80's, so I have the
experience and know how to look after her.  She has memory loss and can not hear very well, but we manage.  I
cook and feed her and assist her doing the basic things.  She really just needs someone there to keep her
company.  I have grown to like her very much.  Her name is Unis.  She laughs a lot and is very funny.  I really
care about older people and I enjoy doing it.  

I want to thank everyone for writing and being concerned.  I am maintaining my weight and not gaining any since I
have been home through Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I thank fast-5 for that.  Well, that is about it for now.  I will
keep everyone updated as I figure out my schedule for returning to the road.  In a strange way, I miss walking
and sleeping in my tent.   I never thought I would miss it, but I do.  I guess I am missing being out there and
meeting folks.  I really enjoy that.  Take care all, Gary, "Keep on walking, one foot in front of the other."

Journal entry, 1-22-07
My job has winded down as Dina, the daughter of Unis, has gotten over the flu. The income has allowed us to get
caught up and I am ready to get back on the road.  This is a picture of the very nice lady I have been taking care
of.  It has been a very enjoyable job.  I will miss Unis and her daughter Dina and Paul,  Dina's husband.  We have
all become good friends.









I have an appointment for this Friday at 8 am.  After that, I will return to the road.  I will try my very best to finish
by Feb. 15th.  Depending on the weather, I might need a few extra days.  

I have been getting invited to different schools and churches to give talks.  I am excited to do this after my walk is
over.  I feel it is so important to talk to the kids before weight really becomes an issue.  All you have to do is drive
by a school yard and observe the amount of obese children to see how serious the problem is in America.

I will start updating my journal daily as soon as I return to the road.  I will let you in on a secret.  A good friend of
mine said that I should write a book about this journey.  I told her that I did not want to profit from this journey
because it would turn it into a money making thing instead of the honest sincere effort to lose weight and bring
National attention to obesity in our country.  She recommended that I give any money made from a book to some
effort to help others who need help.  I thought that was a wonderful Idea.  I know my story will inspire so many
people.  So, I have spent the last couple of weeks writing my book at night while Unis slept.  It seemed to work out
great for me.  I can promise this, everyone that I did not write about in my journal will be in my book.  I guess you
can say, I was saving the best for last.  

So, that is the latest.  I hope everyone of you are surviving the frigid weather we are having.  I guess on one side,
it has worked out for me not to have been out there in the cold for the past 7 weeks.  Everyone take care and
remember, "Keep on walking, one foot in front of the other."  Gary
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This is Unis, a very nice
lady I have been taking
care of while her
daugher had the flu.