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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.”

ALPO Diet

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.***

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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.

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