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by John McGran, Columnist

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Memorial Day Weekend comes with a somber message: Honor and memorialize those who gave their life while fighting for their country. I hope you find a moment or two to turn away from the cookout or the holiday party to contemplate the great sacrifice that so many men and women have made so we can live free.

My father and two of my brothers were in the armed forces. All three were lucky -- they never had to pick up a weapon and aim it at anyone.

Countless other Americans weren't as lucky. Emotion wells up inside whenever I think of the ultimate sacrifice so many have made.

Life and death. There's a fine line that separates the two.

I'm here today to shed a little light on the subject of fighting for what you believe in. For many of us, the fight is with our health. And it is a life or death struggle.

Heart disease... diabetes... some cancers... A lot of nasty stuff has been linked to being overweight or obese.

But you all know that, right? Didn't a light bulb pop on in your head the day you came to the conclusion you need to take up the fight against the extra pounds that were putting you and your family's future at risk?

I certainly do not want to trivialize Memorial Day by talking about a war against weight. What I am trying to do is spur you to take action and regain control of your life and health.

I don't want to die young. I have a wife and two young children. That's why I'm getting my too-big butt in gear with a weight loss plan supported by my friends and the experts here at Diet.com.

I want to be around for a lot more Memorial Day Weekends and the food, the friends, the family and the pageantry of a nation honoring its war heroes.

I want to be able to play basketball with the neighbor kids or to cut my acre of grass without being stiff and sore for the next three days!

I want to have the energy to jump when my kids say, "Dad, can we play acrobats?" or "Dad, can we go play in the woods?"

I want to come home from a long day at the office and be able to do more than eat dinner and plop in front of the TV before I trudge up the stairs to bed.

I want to fit more comfortably into the unrealistically narrow bleacher seats at Penn State football games this fall. Heck, if at age 81, Coach Joe Paterno can still run onto the field with his players, I should, at age 48, be able to climb to my end zone seats without huffing and puffing... and feeling like I need oxygen!

OK, enough about me. What do you want in life? After you've honored the nation's fallen soldiers this weekend, take another moment and contemplate your life and goals.

If you need help losing weight, getting fit, or feeling better about yourself... we can help. Diet.com is a business, yes. But we operate like a family and we really do care about those of you who come to us for help.

Enjoy your holiday... then get moving and enjoy the rest of your life.

@ 1:16pm ET on May 23, 2008
I want .. world peace. bow. :) hehe

@ 6:00pm ET on May 23, 2008
I want to shop on the "regular" size clothes racks.

@ 11:51pm ET on May 23, 2008
You are not alone JohnMC. I hope we all really think deeply about our lives and how long we would like to be around. I can promise you that this is something that weighs heavy on my heart. I will take time this weekend to spend even more time thinking about my goals. God Bless You!! Enjoy your weekend. :)

@ 10:06pm ET on May 26, 2008
i want to be seen as errybody else i want to lose weight u r not alone in this struggle

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