This is the first update on my journey to a healthier heart. This Thursday, I will go to Bothwell Hospital to begin rehab to repair the damage done to my heart, when I had a heart attack on the Jan. 9.

I'm looking forward to the rehab as a way to jump start my attempt to lose weight. I have no illusions that this will be easy, and I know I will never have the 29" waist of my early Navy days, but I plan to give it my best shot.

Stay tuned, and give me some encouragement now and then. I know I will need it. I will update again after my visit at the hospital Thursday, Feb. 7.