This post also appeared on www.capecodonline.com/blogs in the opinion section of the Cape Cod Times, a division of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.
Today is the day.
I’ve spent the last 3 months eating lettuce instead of Mac & Cheese. Water instead of soda and rich, sugary juice drinks. And Bacardi & Diet Coke instead of beer. Beer…I miss you terribly. It’s not you, it’s me. I’m so sorry I’ve been ignoring you. And I’ve also spent the last 3 months working out and running as much as possible when you throw a newborn in the mix. And tonight, when Weight Loss Death Match concludes prior to our fantasy football draft, we’ll see who persevered and came out triumphant and who’s still a lazy fat ass!
Although these are unofficial results, it appears I’ve lost 29 lbs. Needless to say I’m pretty much fasting today in a desperate attempt to hit the 30 lb mark, but either way I’m pleased with the results. I already know I’m not going to win because as I’ve said before, my friend Alex pretty much halved himself. At last count I think he was down 70 lbs in the same time frame. So I’ll owe him $100 tonight but I’m fine with that.
The way I look at it is for $100 I lost 30 lbs. For $100 I’m running again. For $100 I can play with my son without getting winded. For $100 I look and feel 1,000,000 times better than I did before. Needless to say this might be the best $100 I’ve ever spent.
And for anyone keeping track (and for the purposes of me bragging about myself, an attractive trait isn’t it?) I think getting back into running is the best thing that came out of all this. I run on the Cape Cod Canal because the Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates the scenic path, and they mark it off in 1/4-mile increments so I know exactly how far I’ve gone and how fast I’m running. So far my best 3-mile time is 27:20 and my best 3.5 mile time is 31:08. I also mapped out a very hilly 3.3 mile course near my house and that’s where I’ve made the most improvement. I went from 36 minutes to 31:47 a few days ago. Granted I almost vomit when I run up the final hill, but I’ve never once stopped to walk and I manage to pull through.
I weighed 246 lbs at the start of this and this morning I weighed in at 217. I used to wear a size 42 pants, and now I fit into a 36 waist. While most of my shirts are still XL they are big on me and I even have a few Large shirts I wear now too. My wife constantly tells me how proud she is of me and that means the most. Although she did mention that she was slightly irritated at my progress because it put more pressure on her to get to the gym, but otherwise she’s been so supportive it’s not even funny. She always watches Will while I go for a run or to the gym. I couldn’t have done it without her.
Now I know some may think this post is self-serving and simply an outlet for me to brag about what I’ve accomplished. And those people would be absolutely correct. I don’t brag about much (except for Will) but I’m patting myself on the back for this one. Sometimes I have a problem seeing things through to the end, but every time I felt like quitting I thought of Will and how much sons look up to fathers as role models. And I’m not saying being skinny or in great shape is the most important thing you can teach your kid, but with childhood obesity out of control I personally think it’s extremely important to set a good example. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m on the right track.
I’m a little sad Weight Loss Death Match is over but at least I have the 2008 Fat Guy Physical Challenge coming up in October. Stay tuned on Sunday, I’ll try to post some pics from the fantasy football draft and the weigh in.