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.***