Student Loses 60 Lbs In 90 Days For Chance To Skydive

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DETROIT: Local student Mazen Ghamlouch, a native of Dearborn, MI, has embarked on a lofty endeavor. He is attempting to lose 60 lbs in only 90 days, to achieve his dream of going skydiving. To his surprise, local skydiving center Skydive Tecumseh has supported his efforts by offering him the opportunity to skydive for free if he meets his goal.

Fail or Bail Project - Halfway point pictures

Ghamlouch visually documents his progress at the halfway point of his project

"I have a love hate relationship with my weight, so I have 90 days to lose 60 pounds, with a goal weight of 230 pounds, the weight I need to be to jump. If I do lose all 60 pounds I will bail out of a plane in a tandem skydive with Skydive Tecumseh."

Local student Mazen Ghamlouch, a native of Dearborn, MI, has embarked on a lofty endeavor. He is attempting to lose 60 lbs in only 90 days, to achieve his dream of going skydiving. To his surprise, local skydiving center Skydive Tecumseh has supported his efforts by offering him the opportunity to skydive for free if he meets his goal.

A Senior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Ghamlouch was given the opportunity to base his senior thesis on "Passion" and what he is truly passionate about. Calling it the "Fail or Bail Project," Ghamlouch has made it his goal to achieve his dream of skydiving by losing 60 lbs., in order to reach the weight limit of 230 lbs. needed for skydiving safely.

On his blog, Ghamlouch states: 'Throughout my life I have had my share of battles with weight loss, holding me back from experiencing amazing and high octane activities. I have decided to pull passion and persistence together to form the “fail or bail project.” '

"I have had a love hate relationship with my weight and I knew I wanted to change it," says Ghamlouch, "so from Jan 20th to April 20th I have 90 days to lose 60 pounds, which will put me at a goal weight of 230 pounds, the weight I need to be to jump. If I "FAIL" at getting to my goal weight but still lose a good amount of weight then it will still count as a sense of accomplishment, but if I do lose all 60 pounds I "BAIL" out of a plane in a tandem skydive with [Skydive Tecumseh]."

'So far everyone I have told my story to has been inspired in one way or another. The question they always seem to ask me is "where are you going to skydive?" It seemed pretty evident that everyone in the area knows the reputation and name of Skydive Tecumseh, so right off the bat they are hoping I meet my goal weight by April 20th and dive "Tecumseh Style."'

Ghamlouch notified Skydive Tecumseh (http://www.SkydiveTecumseh.com) of his project and his goal, with the intention of paying for his skydive himself. However, the management at Skydive Tecumseh found Ghamlouch's story inspirational, and wanted to support his efforts to better himself, and reach his goals. They have offered Ghamlouch the opportunity to skydive for free if he reaches his goal in time.

Ghamlouch continues to work hard to lose weight and learn new habits, and feels that he is currently on pace, and "going even harder" to reach his goal. "It's all about the passion," he adds. He has created a website (http://failorbail.blogspot.com) where he is documenting his progress, along with inspirational quotes, personal weight-loss tips, and more. "My ultimate goal is to inspire and spread positivity to anyone who is willing to follow me along this experience."

And if he makes his target, on April 20, 2013 (weather permitting), Ghamlouch will head out to Skydive Tecumseh, located in Tecumseh, MI, for the experience of a lifetime, as he gears up and climbs to altitude to skydive from 14,000 feet!

Skydive Tecumseh is planning a special event for the day in honor of Ghamlouch's achievement, and welcomes any supporters and spectators who wish to come out to cheer on Ghamlouch in his moment of triumph.

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