Just for Fun Friday: The ALPO Acountability Edition
Well, Bob and I talked about keeping this one to ourselves since we probably (definitely) share too much with all of you, but I decided that posting this would be in our best interests. Since Bob is always calling me the team captain, a title I refuse to accept unless it allows me to do something like this, I figured I could make an executive decision.
So, here’s the deal…
I’ve gotten a little chubbier over the winter. My training has been going very well, but my nutrition has been hit or miss. I’ll be “good” for a few days, and then I’ll fall off the wagon and eat everything in sight for a few days. Since we’ll be racing the 24-Hour LBL Challenge in just 5 weeks (more on that in an upcoming post), it’s time to get my sh*t together.
I’ve done the “accountability thing” in the past with some success, but I never fully followed through with my plans. And the results definitely didn’t stick. Yes, I’m thinner than I used to be, but I’m not where I need to be. So to get ready for LBL, I emailed Bob on Valentine’s Day (No it wasn’t a Valentine’s e-Card… I sent him a real card). Here’s what I wrote in the email:
“I weighed 218.5 as of this morning. I’ll be 205 or less by LBL or I’ll eat a can of dog food and you can film it for the blog. How’s that for accountability?”
Roughly 30 minutes later, Bob replied with:
“I’d say that’s pretty damn good. As long as we’re on the accountability bandwagon, I’ll promise to eat a can if I’m not 245 before LBL.”
So, now it’s out there on the Interwebz. And no, I didn’t come up with this terrible idea on my own. I got it from one of my favorite Strength Coaches, Dan John, who got it from motivational guru Anthony Robbins, who got it from one of his clients… I strongly suggest you check out the article right here. And since most of you won’t actually read the article, here’s a quote from that article that really resonated with me:
“The problem is simple: Most of us know what to do. Let me say this again: Nearly every reader knows what to do about losing fat and/or gaining muscle. It’s like telling people they need to put on a seatbelt or to stop smoking or to floss daily. I mean, we know that information, but sometimes, well, we just can’t find the floss.”
I know many of you will be rooting for our failure, and honestly, I don’t blame you. I think it would be hilarious to see someone eat a can of dogfood. But hopefully, Bob and I have found our floss. And even more hopefully, you won’t be seeing us eat ALPO anytime soon. Sorry to disappoint you.
***Editor’s Note: My friend and former high school teammate, Chris, used our facebook page to call me out on my back up plan. As a former wrestler, I could easily be down to 205 pounds in just a few hours by cutting weight if I really wanted to. But since that’s not the Virtus Way, I promise to actually lose the weight and not just drop water weight.***
Posted on February 17, 2012, in Just for Fun Friday, Nonsense and Tomfoolery, Upcoming Races and tagged Accountability, ALPO Diet, Eating Dogfood, LBL Adventure Race, losing weight. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.