Battle the Fat

So I found a new blog and I’ve accepted another weight loss challenge. This one is Casey’s idea and it’s worth checking out. Especially since I’ve put on weight after losing 30 lbs in Weight Loss Death Match. Anyone can join so get on over to Casey’s blog and join in the fun.

So let’s jump into this, here’s my first assignment with answering these questions:

1) What motivates you and why do you want to this challenge?

The answer should be “I’m motivated by my son because I want to live longer and be a good role model for him.” But that would be disingenuous. I want to look good naked. I want to be able to take my shirt off if I ever did decide to go to the beach. I don’t want my man boobs to jiggle when I jump. I don’t want man boobs period.

2) What is your long term goal?

My long term goal is to lose weight, tone up a bit and be able to run a half marathon. I don’t know why I have it in my head that if I’m able to run a half marathon my life will be complete, but that’s how I feel.

3) What is your long term weight loss goal?

Well I accomplished some of this already. I went from a size 42 waist and now I fit into some 36 inch pants so that’s good. I’d like to get down to a 34. I actually don’t know how much I weigh right now because I left my scale at my friend’s house when we did the weigh-in, but I’m guessing it’s around 225. I want to get under 200 lbs.

4) What tools are available to you?

Two dogs that need constant walking, my gym membership collecting dust and the Cape Cod Canal jogging path which is marked off by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1/4 mile increments.

5) How often can you exercise?

How often CAN I exercise or how often WILL I exercise? These are two very different things. I could probably exercise 5 times a week but realistically — between work and taking care of Will — maybe 2-3 times a week.

6) What do you plan on doing?

I plan on going to the gym and running. Emphasis on running. But I also need to really focus on eating better because that’s been slipping lately. I went three months without chinese food or pasta and I’ve had them both several times in the last few weeks. But that’s the toughest part for me because I love to eat crap.

7) What has worked for you in the past?

Competition and insults from my wife. Seriously. When I start to get too fat she tells me and it bothers me so much that I get motivated to go out and lose the weight. And the competition factor just drives me that much more, but usually it’s between me and close friends where humiliating bets are in play. Anyone want to bet me??

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13 thoughts on “Battle the Fat

  1. Welcome to the club. I don’t know what Steenky Stalker is talking about, I’m actually quite nice. Ha! I’m with you on eating all of the crap, we’ve been getting takeout way too often around here. It ends now (that goes for you too!). I think we have the same motivation, you want to get rid of man boobs and I want to get rid of girl boobs. Was that TMI for a first time blog visit? Sorry. It sounds like you’re on the right track, good luck with the challenge!! I’m linking you on today’s post now…

  2. Yay! Great to see a dad joining in the mix, good luck in your fight against man boobs and the jiggle factor. I think fab beach bods are in the back of all of our heads.

  3. Maybe you could get a jogging stroller? The canal would be a great place to run with Will … he would love it and you would get a brisk workout.

  4. I bet you! What are the terms and the prize. (not money – I’m thinking an embarassing act should be preformed or somethine equally as painful)

  5. My mother is the one who tells me I’m fat… years on it still hurts.

    And when I do something like this I get a lot of encouragement – which I always think is because I’m so fat!

    She can’t win now.

  6. Yeah, I clearly need more motivation myself. I’ve gained a bunch back of what I lost. I may end up turning to the good ol’ interweb for motivation too…

  7. I am so jealous you get to run-walk along the Cape Cod canal! We went there once and it’s beautiful. Me, I’m walking in a desert with one eye looking for snakes and the other making sure my golden doesn’t step on a cactus!

  8. Well Beth, if it makes you feel any better my wife and I are jealous of you. We LOVE Arizona. It’s our favorite place to vacation. We fly out there and just hop in the car and drive all around the desert. We’ve been to Flagstaff, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and of course both rims of the Grand Canyon. We can’t wait until Will is old enough to go back there.

  9. Oh WOOt! We have a dad in our midst. Yahoow!

    Hope you had a good week, Aaron. And

    hope your wife insults you more.

    Oh man, guys burn off more and are more competitive… so we’ll all be big losers to you. (but who cares)

    you go, dad!

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