The No Zone

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My holiday season self challenge starts when I wake up tomorrow.  It doesn’t end until January 2nd, my sister’s birthday. I actually tried to recruit her to join me in this challenge, but I realized the variables are vague, but quite specific to myself and my own journey. That’s one hard reality I’ve faced with weight loss. We can go down the same road, but we’re going to encounter different things on that same road. I’ll still try to recruit her, but in a way that may suit her better.

I’ve never been a fan of naming stuff, especially goals. I don’t like themed attempts at weight loss, but I did all right with the ’30 Day Biking Challenge’, so what the hell.

I thought of naming this the ‘SAY NO TO EVERYTHING’ challenge, or the ‘sNOw Zone’ as a play on the season, or the Right Decisions Campaign, or the No Bullshit Challenge, and briefly considered ‘Click-Clack BLAOW Challenge’.

I settled on ‘The No Zone’. Why?

I’m going to say no to every snack I say yes to so often. I’m saying no to every snack I’ve said ‘this one last time’ to. I’m saying no to every snack I don’t need…which is all of them.

I’m saying no to impulse.

I’m saying no to spending money in such a fashion that can only be described as stupid and idiotic.

I’m saying no to buying lunch, and yes to making every meal I eat. Yes to fresh, No to processed.

I’m saying no to late nights, and yes to getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night……okay, 6-8 hours of sleep Sunday through Thursday  nights.

I’m saying no to over-indulgence. For this Holiday season, that will include even alcohol. Moderation is key, and drunk isn’t moderate.

This challenge will be ten times harder than the biking challenge, but I’ll accomplish it, because I want this. Previous ‘challenges’ with food, I didn’t reach my potential because ultimately I didn’t really want it. This time it’s different. I feel similar to the night before I started biking every day for 34 days. It’s just what’s going to happen.

Biking had a lot to do with that, and this is the next step in my transformation. I know what I can do, physically, and this challenge will help determine what I can do, mentally.

For the next 63 days, I’ll eat rationally. 63 days of dealing with the food that I’ve never been able to overcome, during the time of year which every weight loss journeyman goes on vacation.

The holidays are about enjoying your family and friends. Food doesn’t have to be a part of that equation. I’m setting out to prove that absolutely true.

I’m not exactly sure how I’ll go about it, but I might post daily photos of what I’m eating like I posted daily pics of my bike rides. That seems most likely.

Other than that, I’ll take it as I go.

Today,  as I wandered around my neighborhood and saw kids running around in their costumes, I realized Halloween is the beginning of the holiday season. It wasn’t my initial intention, but it makes sense. People overindulge, and why not start with Halloween? So, I’m bucking the trend. For more than 60 days.

And, for the record, I’m only 1 pound above where I last officially checked in; that is supremely good news.



Putting It Out There, Checkin’ In #62

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Patrick posted a questionnaire  he first saw at All The Weigh..and I’m taking a stab at it. I’ve been MIA for a week, seems like a good way to return.

1. What was your highest weight, what do you weigh right now and what is your goal weight?

My highest weight was 270…my current weight is 239(maybe 240ish,honestly)…my goal weight is 210ish,but I want to reach 199 to say I’ve been there. I think 200-210 will be my optimum weight range.

2. What is your #1 motivation for losing weight?

I seriously want to live until I’m 100 years old. How many fat 100 year olds do you know?

3. Have you always been overweight?

Yes. I never developed ‘man boobs’ because I’ve always been fat.Just kept getting fatter.

4. When you want to give up what inspires you to keep going?

How good I feel when I’m eating right, sleeping well, and a reality that lower weight means so, so, so many things beyond simply ‘looking’ good.

5. What is the #1 thing you look forward to when you hit your goal weight?

I have a few medium size shirts that will look loose on me at 199 pounds. I can’t wear them right now.

6. Do you have support on your weight loss journey?

Of course. In the blogosphere & in real life. Reinforcement is a key component.

7. What is your favorite exercise?

Cycling. I want to bike from Brooklyn, NY to Boston, MA next summer.

8. What is the most important thing you have learned on your weight loss journey?

The mind is a powerful part of weight loss. Controlling your temptations, following through with food plans and work out regimen is as important as eating and working out. Follow through is 99% mental.

9. What is one thing you have given up that you miss the most?

I don’t miss any of it. I can’t. Life isn’t worth thinking about what I once thought were great things when they were actually killing me.

10. What is your strategy for losing weight?

Last month it seemed to be ‘move every day’. This month, it seems to be ‘mind over matter’. The fight will evolve over time, so strategy will too.

My Big Six

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On the heels on my tirade about blogging and the community that makes it up, I thought I’d refocus myself.

Though I don’t participate greatly in the give & take of the blogosphere, it is a critical part of my weight loss. This blog is critical in my weight loss. My ability to look at my daily success and failure has a big impact on losing 30 pounds and reaching my ultimate goal.

Believe it or not, before my tirade I was going to turn my words about the ‘Big Six’ into something more personal, something I didn’t consider before but absolutely is a positive.

Mainly because I think the best way to utilize your own weight loss blogosphere is not by what kind of ‘persona’ you create within it, or how many followers you have on twitter and facebook. It has less to do with how many friends you find, and everything to do with how utilizing this new technological world changes your individual life.

Where do you look when things are shitty? Who do you look to when you aren’t sure about your own self confidence? Self control? Self esteem? Who do you want to read when you’re looking for like-minded individuals?

Marie Claire might have a larger readership than ol’ G96, but The Big Six is arbitrary.  The ‘best’, ‘most popular’ and ‘smartest’ list of weight loss bloggers is wholly decided by a smaller group of people than you might think. Take my extensive list of bloggers. I found the majority of them through other bloggers listing them on their own blogs. Everybody lists everybody. Everybody has a gigantic list of blogs. It’s one of the Codes of Weight Loss Blogging. List me and I’ll list you. Comment on mine and I’ll comment on yours. Give & Take. Makes sense.

Well, here are six that I take much more from than I could ever give. This isn’t an ‘award’. This is a list of weight loss folks I really feel I can relate to. Maybe they’re not a great fit for you, or for others. Doesn’t matter, not to me, who else reads them, as long as they keep writing.  I check them in the morning, evening, middle of the night. Whenever I need a pick me up.

Responsibility 199 – At this point, I consider Patrick a blogging friend. He’s a little older than I am, but his outlook on weight loss is ageless.

Clydesdale Project – I discovered Clyde around the same time I found Patrick, and consider him a friend as well.  I guess I’m using ‘friend’ in a weird way, since I don’t personally know any of these guys. He’s older than me as well.

For the record, fellas, I’ll be 30 in March.

The Anti-Jared – This guy, everybody in my blogosphere knows him. I’ve followed him a very long time. I think Tony should write his story, from the early days to today. I met his brother Joe at a book reading Brooklyn when his book about the Big Red Machine(Cincy Reds) came out, and you can absolutely tell these guys are cut from the same cloth. They’re different writers with different personalities, but they share a common theme. They really engage their readers, and you get a sense that their personalities bleed into their writing. So, Tony, write the book.  You know it’s waiting to be done. Then do a reading in Brooklyn. That would be awesome, wouldn’t it?

Zues Meatball – The most entertaining writer I read regularly. Nothing against any of the other guys, seriously. Zues writes like my brother speaks, and my brother is my hero. No nonsense, straight to the point, unintentionally hilarious, and motherfuckin’ driven.

Who Ate My Blog? – Stephen is a champion that I have mentioned before. I guess I’ve mentioned everyone on this list before. That’s okay too.

Anonymous Fat Girl – I wish I had found Bonnie sooner. She’s pissed off about weight loss in a good way. She constantly reminds me that this is a war we must be angry about.

I realized after considering my every day reads, that these are folks I’d love to have a beer with to pick their brains. Just to see what they’re thinking about on random ideas.

If any of you end up in the NYC area, first pint is on me. If you don’t drink, I’ll pay for your free water. 😉

Everybody has their own Big Six, even if they don’t realize it. Marie Claire doesn’t decide who the Big Six are.

We do.


*Edited to add a great song from James. off their new album The Morning After The Night Before

You Can’t Take Back A Big Mac

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I thought about deleting my extremely long diatribe about the blogging community.

But, I can’t. Part of the reason I’m anonymous is to blog freely without restraint. I didn’t go into anonymity to have the ability to throw around insults, though. I don’t think I insulted anyone, but the blog post is unlike other stuff I’ve posted about.

Just like a big mac, I’m using this blog in the same way. You can’t take back the big mac after you eat it, you can’t take back a blog when you press ‘post’.

Later today, I’ll have a better response to the ‘Big Six’ story.  I promise. Don’t miss it!

Epic Manly Award


Alan at Pounds Off Playoff gave me an award!

I don’t think he named the award, but ‘Epic Manly Award’ seems to fit the bill, so I’m running with it.

Following the Geneva Convention protocols for blog awards, I will:
1.       Thank the person who gave me the award.

2.       Answer some kind of question or produce some kind of list.

3.       Identify one, or six, or ten, or whatever new blogs to pass the award onto.

1. Thanks Alan!

Alan, and maybe a lot of people don’t realize this, but I’m a HUGE baseball fan. I eat,sleep,dream, shit baseball. Alan has a great Pounds Off Profile series, including one about one of my favorite ballplayers of all time, Matt Stairs.

2. Random Facts About The Guy Who Writes Going For 96

1. I’ve toyed with the idea of emerging from the shadows of blogging anonymity. I may also wait until I reach some substantial weight loss number(say, 50 pounds).

2. I love Twitter(started on there ’08), Facebook(started ’06), Blogging(started ’02), stuff like’07),’06), and idea.long time). I have no use for an iPhone, iPad, Kindle(or any e-reader), Mafia Wars, or a PlayStation 3. I basically consider myself a selective early adapter.

3. I prefer going on a vacation than receiving a big priced gift.

4. I own maybe 15 DVDs,and only a few are of movies I consider my all-time favorites.

5. I’ve been drunk in Canada, England, Ireland, Spain, Thailand, France, and Germany.

6. I’ve pooped in Japan, but never officially entered the country.(layover)

3. Identify Blogs For This Award

1.  Anonymous Fat Girl – Bobbie has been a constant source of inspiration for me. Her intensity is fantastic.

2. Fatman Getting Skinny – John likewise is great inspiration. He reached 100 lbs loss, but I hasn’t been heard from since. I hope he returns. His video blogs are great!

3. Discipline Or Reget – one of the best blogs out there. I’ve watched this guy transition to a personal trainer. It’s been a fun ride!

I’m Alive!, Checkin’ In #61

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I opted to keep biking after September ended. The girlfriend said, ‘Why don’t you try biking every day until you can’t?’.  No valid reason not to try it. At best, I’ll bike every day until the weekend of the 15th. I’m going away that weekend, and biking will be virtually impossible. Though, maybe not. We shall see!

This shot was taken at the end of the sunset last night. I’m heading out this morning for a longer ride. I’ve decided I’ll probably do just one photo a day of my rides…taking 5-6 is a bit much, though fun.

This week I’ll address an award given to me by Alan at Pounds Off Playoff. I sincerely appreciate the gesture…especially from a fellow baseball fan.

I’ve also accepted Big Clyde”s  Oktoberfast Challenge, and I’m matching his goals. 200 miles biked and 30 miles run. Considering I’ve walked just 2.2 miles in over 3 months, running 30 miles this month won’t be easy…but I think my body is ready. Shedding 30 pounds makes it a little more viable. During September I had started thinking about running, and now is my chance to follow through with it.

It’s almost 9am, time to hit the streets with the wheels. Have a great weekend. I’m going apple picking later today!