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??