30 by 30!

Remember a few weeks ago when I talked about that weight loss challenge? Well, it starts today but not in the original form that I mentioned.

I tried to make this a contest. I tried involving other people and said we’d all pitch in money or services and winner take all. In light of the economy, that wasn’t the best idea and people weren’t exactly forthcoming. And besides, I realized that I was doing that, in part, to try to take the focus off me. Because as loud, obnoxious and opinionated as I am, I have a secret.

I hate being fat and I’m more ashamed of that than almost anything else.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not on the verge of an eating disorder or anything. They won’t be making After School Specials about me. But I’ve always been big, ever since I was a kid. Even when I played three sports a year and ran a sub-6 minute mile, I was still on the bigger side. And while I’ve made my peace with the fact that I’ll never be 160 lbs, I do want to get down to a manageable weight.

I should be doing this for health reasons, but I’m not. It’s purely superficial. I want to be able to take my shirt off at the beach or the pool and not have people call the Stranding Network for fear of a right whale stranding. I want to play pick up basketball games again and not have anxiety over whether I’ll be shirts or skins. But most of all, I want to play with my son and not be out of breath when he’s older.

Therefore, I’ve devised “30 By 30” in which I attempt to lose 30 lbs by my 30th birthday on August 17. That’s four months to lose 30 lbs, which I know I can do. I will weigh myself every Thursday leading up to my birthday and I’ll devote one post a week to it. I’ll go over what I’ve eaten, how many times I’ve hit the gym, how many miles I’ve run, etc. But, most importantly (and ashamedly for me) I’ll be posting pictures of myself every Thursday as well.

This is not something I’m looking forward to because I’m extremely humiliated by it. But I also know that, crazy as it may seem, I thrive on negativity when it comes to this stuff. For instance, if everyone on here tried to tell me how I don’t really need to lose weight, how they know I can do it, and they cheered me on incessantly, I’d get nowhere! But if I had some of your smartasses (and there’s a plethora of you out there!) holding my feet to the fire and giving me some shit, that’s when I get my ass into gear. And the thought of failing in front of an audience is enough to keep me on the straight and narrow too!

And if any of you want to join in, the more the merrier. Leave comments with links to your own blogs and your own attempts at weight loss. Maybe we can all help each other out.

So, without further ado, here are the dreaded before pictures and stats:


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13 thoughts on “30 by 30!

  1. I can’t be mean unless provoked so I guess I will offer no motivation for you.

    I tagged you on my blog with a favorite movie characters post. I figure we have similar tastes in movies.

  2. I have a suggestion…In addition to the weekly weigh-ins get a tape measure and weeky measure your waist, upper arms and chest. Good luck!

  3. woohoooo for weightloss! Love the 30 by 30 phrase. i read your blog almost daily so i’d love to see the transformation. if youw ant check out ours. myf riend and i are doing a challenge to lose our weight!

  4. WOW … that is some MUFFIN TOP!

    Guess I better call my broker to sell my Dunkin Donut stock!

  5. crystal: Good for you guys. I’ll check your blog out frequently for updates. Good luck!

    Beachdog: Mmmm…donuts! Damn you. Keep it comin’ though, it’s just fuel for the fire.

  6. Dude, the wife beater is just wrong. But, I must commend you on posting such an embarassing photo on your blog. You should be proud. On that note, can I PUH-leeze train with you one day? I will even let you post it on your blog. I would love to totally smoke you. LOL! 🙂 I have been kicking ass 6 days a week now!

    But, in all seriousness, good for you! The first few weeks are tough! Stick with it!

  7. Hey! I am totally with you! I love the 30 by 30 phrase. Maybe I should make that my motto too! My goal for the summer is to look slightly less grotesque in a bathing suit! I have a hard time motivating myself though… good luck, Work hard!

  8. Oh, Daddy!!! You are a brave man to post those pics, especially in a dreaded wife beater. I can’t make fun of you after that. Maybe tomorrow…

  9. I thought Wife Beater tanks were normally ribbed????? (that sucker’s stretched so tight)

    Thought I’d add some fuel for ya! Also wanted to tell you I read your Cozy Coupe blog to everyone at Dax’s bday party as the grandparents gifted it to him…They all thought it was hilarious!

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