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.

Captain of Team Virtus Adventure Racing

Now THAT'S a captain we would all follow!

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.”


This might be the only gravy in the world Bob and I wouldn't happily devour.

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.***

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 February 17, 2012, in Just for Fun Friday, Nonsense and Tomfoolery, Upcoming Races and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Well, you’ve managed to find a hairbrained scheme I won’t follow you guys into. 🙂 I’m definitely rooting for your success…a few less pounds for me to carry at LBL. Ha…I wish! Really, I’m just afraid you’ll eat it in front of me, and I hate to throw up, so best of luck boys!

    • Don’t worry, Kage. There will still be plenty for you to carry at LBL… Like Casey’s pack. Oh, wait. We’re not supposed to joke about that anymore.

  2. Who gets to measure the weight? And….it should be measured with all gear on! Who wants to get some dinner? My treat! LOL…

  3. I never saw what Bob weighs right now…. Maybe he only has to lose 5 lbs.

    • He was 257 as of Valentine’s Day. And we can do an official weigh-in at the fitness center where I work. And just like any former wrestler, I know exactly which scale weighs the lightest and where to stand on it to milk every last ounce out of it. We’ll take video footage for proof.

  4. The dog food pictured has gourmet prime cuts in “gravy”, which kind of makes me want to run out and try a can now. I think you should go ahead and purchase the dog food for motivation. Maybe use it as a centerpiece on your dinner table.

    • Yeah, I think I’ll buy each of us a can of the nastiest looking dog food I can find. That way, when Robby tempts us with Buffalo Wild Wings, we can just look at the ingredients on the can. I think we’ll lose our appetites pretty quickly.

  5. You dick.

  6. Oh man….this is going to be fun

  7. Good luck fellas. Not to sure which way I am leaning right now. I would love to see you guys make weight, but at the same time this could be hilarious. Best of luck.

  8. Wow…that’s all I can say.

  9. I think when (I mean if) you guys don’t make weight you should eat your dog food the night before the LBL. That way the Hoosier Daddies can be their to laugh our asses off!

    • Thanks for your vote of confidence! And I agree to eat my dog food in front of you guys the night before LBL if I don’t make weight. As of this morning I was 214.5, so I’m on my way, but it’s going to be close!

  10. 261 this morning, after riding over 30 miles of gravel yesterday. This is bullshit.

  11. Enjoyed this after it was linked from Kate’s blog. Definitely made your lunch Saturday 3/10 on top of the dogfood sacks funnier.

    Read a management book one time that called what you talk about here the “Fat Smoker Syndrome” (although it was related to developing business strategies and carrying them out, but equally related to most people and their weight loss): ie. We all know smoking is bad. We all know being overweight isn’t healthy. We all pretty much know what we need to do to not be a “fat smoker” who dies an early death. But it is a matter of making the choice every day to suck it up and choose to be healthier.

    And if it takes a can of dog food sitting on your kitchen counter to make you think about everything you eat to make the right choice, then I say GO FOR IT! I’ve got about 3-4 lbs left to get to my April 1 goal of 165 and I’ve been doing great on the exercise front, but also need to tighten up on the nutrition. I’m sure we can all git’r done!

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