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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.

From Clydesdale Racer to Chippendales Dancer Part III

Well, it’s been yet another month or so since I updated everyone regarding my progress on my journey to awesomeness.  You can catch up on Part I and Part II if you have no idea what I’m talking about.

Things are going really well.  I’m down a total of 17.5 pounds for the year, and I’m feeling great.  My clothes are starting to get a little baggy on me, my lifts are still going up, and my conditioning is improving dramatically.  So far so good.  If you want to see weekly pictures of me (and if you do, you’ve got problems), then you can find them right here (older photos are at the bottom, and they get more recent as you go up).

I’m very confident that I will be below the 200 pound Clydesdale mark by May 1st – the day I’ll be shredding some single track at Syllamo’s Revenge.  I can’t wait.  I can even visualize my future, not-so-fat self:

Clydesdale looking at skinny Clydesdale

Not sure I'll ever be this small, but you get the idea.

So as of this morning, I weighed 212.5.  Not too bad.  That means I need to roughly lose 1.5 pounds per week between now and Syllamo.  I can do that.  I WILL do that.  No problem.

So how are you doing with your goals?  Have you already forgotten about your New Year’s resolutions?  Well, about 20% of the year is already gone… forever. You’ll never get it back.  If you’ve been slacking, you still have time to get back on track, but start today!  If my fat ass can do it, then so can you.

From Clydesdale Racer to Chippendales Dancer Part II

Well, it’s been about a month since I last posted photos of myself.  If you missed that post you can find it right here, but make sure you’re prepared.  It ain’t pretty.

In that post, I took a stand against being fat and lazy.  I promised to make permanent changes.  I promised to get below 200 pounds so that I am no longer considered a “Clydesdale.”  And I promised to post photos of me every month to show my progress and to keep me accountable.

Luke The Clydesdale Racer
Was I named after him, or was he named after me?

Well, things have changed.  No, I haven’t fallen off the wagon.  I’m actually down to 218.5 pounds as of this morning, and I started the year at 230.  I trained 24 out of 31 days in January, and I ate clean most of the time (I had a cheat meal for my birthday-date-night with my wife, and my kids made me cupcakes).

The only thing that has changed, is that I’m not going to be posting my pictures on this blog.  See, I volunteered to be part of this accountability blog/contest over at  They produce a weekly fitness and nutrition podcast every week, that I listen to religiously.  If you’re interested in those topics, be sure to check them out.

Well, I was selected to be part of this blog/contest.  Since they have over 6,000 downloads of their podcast every week, and who knows how much traffic to their website (I’m sure it’s more than all 3 of you that read this blog), I thought participating in the contest would hold me even more accountable.  So, if you want to see my updated photos, then you’ll have to go here.   I’ll be posting photos every week along with training and nutrition updates.

Rest assured, I’ll be busting my ass to get in shape.  Syllamo’s Revenge is going to be here before I know it.  And now that I have a super-sweet, big-wheeled, lighter mountain bike (See the post before this to check it out – man, it’s so sweet!), I’m going to shed even more weight from my fat gut.  I’ll probably post an update once in awhile here on this blog just to keep you guys in the loop, but if you want to follow along with me then be sure to check out

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