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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Excuse me, do you know which way the weight room is?

I'm 31. I see pictures of me at 21 and I cry. I see pictures of me from 6 months ago, and I think, Man, I was doing good for a while with the eating of the healthy and the exercising of the body. So now, on February 19th, 2009, I weigh a thick 168.5 pounds. I know, to some, that doesn't seem like much, but to me, it's out of hand. I weighed 174.5 when I moved to Lincoln last January, and got down to 159 last year just by eating healthier and running/biking. Now I'm back up to 168.5, and I'm not happy about it.

I can't complain though. (Even though I am kinda, huh.) My diet for the last couple months has consisted of about 4 gallons of soda per week, a lot of chocolate, doritios, pasta and pizza. Add the fact that I quit exercising, cold turkey, and you've got yourself a recipe for a nice little weight gain. I had deceived myself that I was looking pretty good, until Nicki got that damned 10.2 megapixel Nikon camera and took a few pictures of me. I looked at them and said "I think your camera is broken." And she said "You can't compare yourself to 10 years ago". Then I said, "Oh yes I damn well can." And she said, "You're still hot". And then I said "Honey I look like I ate a hobbit". And then she said "Oh, that reminds me, your mother called".

My point is, after seeing myself in those 10.2 megapixel pictures, I realized that while I am definitely not "fat", I am positively out of shape and soft around the edges. Lets face it people, I'm lazy when it comes to my body. So....

Yesterday I ran 3 miles, then did some crunches, then rode another 8 miles on the bike. I felt good. So I decided to keep that up. Not only that, but on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, I'm going to go to my friend Justin's house and pump iron with him. My goal is to lose 15 pounds by the time I leave for Africa on May 17th. Almost exactly 3 months from yesterday. The reason I'm posting about it, is many:

1. When people see me, I want people to ask me how my workouts are going.
2. I want to look better in pictures.
3. I have sweet hair.

Reasons I feel like this time I'll be able to follow through this time:
1. I posted about it and now you're all aware of the fact that I'm trying to get in shape.
2. I do feel a sense of "my body is getting older and I need to start taking better care of it".
3. I have two precious baby girls that I'd like to be with for as long as possible.
4. Jackson Perdue did it, and he can't one-up me.

Reasons I feel like I won't follow through with it:
1. My schedule. With school, work, homework and daddy duty, I could see myself getting burned out.
2. I've never followed through before.
3. Pepsi is going to use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup in Mountain Dew from March to June, and they said it will taste even better.
4. I have sweet hair.

So that's it. The gauntlet has been thrown down. I've got a workout calendar, a workout buddy and some super sweet workout gloves. As of right now, I'm pretty pumped. (Pun intended). If things work out (again, pun intended), I'll post my before and after pictures in May. I'd post them now, but if I end up not making it through, I would have posted a hideously ugly and unflattering picture in vain.
posted by Ricky @ 4:05 PM  
  • At 2/23/2009 12:44:00 PM, Blogger Brynn's Blog said…

    as a dietitian i have to say this...seriously, we take an oath before we get our license swearing we'll say this....cutting way back or even eliminating the soda is probably the easiest step towards losing weight.

  • At 3/09/2009 12:16:00 PM, Blogger TC said…

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  • At 3/09/2009 12:17:00 PM, Blogger TC said…

    I was just introduced to your blog by Darlene G. (from Facebook) and noticed some coincidences....
    I joined the gym and have too decided to shape up, for the 4th time in just as many years....
    I also have sweet hair.

  • At 3/09/2009 08:25:00 PM, Blogger Darlene Schacht said…

    Uh...TC, can I call you TK?

  • At 3/14/2009 09:09:00 AM, Blogger Smith said…

    Excuse me.. do you know how to write a new post?

  • At 7/31/2009 10:20:00 AM, Anonymous Grant said…

    you are fat in body and mind, you will never really be healthy because you are a sick bastard. I hope the best for you but I know you will continue to fluctuate through out your life and end up being a blob sitting in front of you computer playing World of Warcraft.

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