From Clydesdale Racer to Chippendales Dancer Part IV

Okay, it’s been about a month and a half since I gave an update on my quest to leave the Clydesdale division. Apparently, the accountability blog/contest that I was involved in has come to an abrupt end. Several people dropped out, and the guy behind the website/podcast didn’t want to do it anymore.  There hasn’t been an update in 3 or 4 weeks, but rest assured that I did not quit.  I held up my end of the bargain.  I trained hard and ate according to plan.  I submitted photos and a write-up of my training and diet every week.  For some reason, though, the whole thing fell through.  If you want to see weekly progress pictures of me and read a little bit about my training (and you’re a little weird if you do), you can go here and scroll down to find me.

Since that blog is now defunct, I guess I’ll go back to horrifying all of you, our loyal readers, with monthly updates on my progress.  On January 1st, I weighed a whopping 230 pounds, and I looked like this:

Fat Luke

01/06/10 - Weight was 227

And this…

Fat Luke from the side - 01/06/10

Fat Luke from the side on 1/6/10

I know… I was pretty disgusting wasn’t I?  Please accept my sincere apologies for getting those images stuck in the back of your head all day.

Well, it’s been about 3 and a half months since those photos were taken.  I now weigh 205 pounds for a total of 25 pounds lost so far this year with just 5 more pounds to go before I’m no longer a Clyde!!! I took these photos last week on 4/12/10:

Semi-Fat Luke - Almost out of the Clydesdale Division

4/12/10 - Semi-Fat Luke

Semi-Fat Luke from the Side

Semi-Fat Luke from the Side - 4/12/10

I should be right at 200 pounds for Syllamo’s Revenge on May 1st.  I’ve been training hard, and I’m in waaaaay better shape than I was at the beginning of the year, but I’m still terrified that I’m going to fail at Syllamo’s.  I don’t know if I can ride 50 miles of single track since I’ve never done anything close to that.  I’ll do everything in my power to finish that race before the time cutoff, though. We’ll see how it goes.

I’ve still got a long way to go, but it’s a decent start. Since I’m going to meet my goal of leaving the Clydesdale Division by May 1st (if all goes well), my new goal is to hit 195 or less by Memorial Day Weekend.  I’ll keep posting monthly updates to let you know how it’s going (unless we get flooded with hate-mail saying to please remove the obscene photos from the interwebz).

So, how are you doing this year?  Are you reaching your goals?  Maybe you’ve surpassed them already.  If that’s the case, then set new ones.  Or maybe you’ve faltered or had a setback.  So what!  Get back on track and start again! One third of the year is almost gone, and we’ll never get it back – ever.  But you can still make amazing progress with the remaining two thirds of 2010. Seriously, if I can make progress, then anyone can.

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About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on April 20, 2010, in Training and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Luke, you have done an amazing transformation… I know you are not done, celebrate where you are now.. Congrats.. As far as feeling failure at Syllamo LET THAT GO.. There is only failure if you do not try.. Relax while you are there and pretend its a group ride with a lot of people.. Its superior trail, and you will succeed if you have the right attitude… I never dreamed I could have ever completed 115 miles.. Its all in how you approach it.. Break it down to 5 ten mile sections.. You can ride 10 miles right?? Just do it 5 times… My $$$ is on you doing well… Remember, I knew you were awesome the minute I met you.. Good luck!!!

  2. Holy shit, look at that transformation!! I guess I didn’t notice the change because we hang out so often.

    Way to go man, if people knew the temptations you’ve overcome you’d have a book deal by now.

    Case in point: Luke, Zack and I did a 23 miler the other night…near the end of the ride we stopped at a gas station for a “victory beer”…

    Luke drank a Diet Snapple.

    Lead on, Dragon!!

  3. The Dragon is the man. Kicked my ass this past weekend.

  4. Brandon LePage

    Great job Luke…I might have to try this “weight loss” thing myself!

  5. Thanks everyone! I appreciate the kind words. Still have a ways to go, but I’m getting there.

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