As Rabbit would affectionately call me, I am what you would call a “skinny fat person.”
On the surface, I look like I keep in decent shape and eat within my means. This could not be further from the truth.
In the past 30 days, I’ve probably consumed 28 frappes from McDonald’s, and averaged about 30 oz of soda per day. While I could get away with this in my younger days — and to a certain extent, I can get away with it now — if I would take a test, my cholesterol, triglycerides, etc would show numbers that would scare any doctor. Also, I’m starting get a belly pudge….and I really don’t like it.
In 28 days, Rabbit and I will be heading to the beach for 3 days, a much needed vacation from the stresses of life in Gotham and raising two young boys. I’d like to take my shirt off at the beach, and feel confident surfing the waves on my lizard boogie board (No, I am not kidding. In the ocean, I am still a teenager at heart). So I’ve decided I’d like to drop 10-15 pounds. Or at the very least, attempt to shape my bowlful of jelly.
The diet is simple enough: Cut out my two major addictions: Frappes and Soda. To you, that probably doesn’t seem difficult, right? Truthfully though, these two things are my batteries, the only way I get through the day. Switching to purely and almost no caffeine will be quite a system shock.
But if I can get over that initial hump? The headaches, the cravings, the little devil on my shoulder urging me to destroy my body with chocolaty goodness? I think I can drop those pounds pretty easily, because I’m basically cutting out at least 1,500 calories per day. But that’s not all! I also plan on doing some form of running (which I hate), biking (which I quite enjoy) and ab workouts (which I don’t hate, but I also don’t make a habit to do it regularly). I think this plan will work for me…if I can get over that first hump.
Rabbit has her doubts about me, and I can’t say I blame her. I’ve said I was going to do this before, only to fail by the 3rd day. But I’m telling you guys, something’s different now. I’m tired of living the status quo, of “just getting by.” I honestly feel like if I can do this, I’ll then have limitless capabilities to accomplish other goals, which includes a lot more writing.
So here’s the statistics and a before-and-after photo for your judgment:
Current Weight: 178.8 lbs
Desired Weight: 165 lbs.
Total Weight Loss: 13.8 lbs.
While I will not be posting updates during my diet, I will be keeping a daily journal that I will post snippets from at the end, likely August 1. Also, you can follow the journey through my Twitter account which you can see to the right of this post, or you can follow me @MiloPenbrell. All posts relating to the diet will be tagged #TheStruggleIsReal.
Thank you, and see you guys on the other side, hopefully 15 pounds lighter!