Thursday, May 07, 2009


Since the last post, I am now down to just under 36", and the ol' beer gut's circumference has been that way for about five weeks now.

After three months of mostly walking, I added some jogging and light weights (my apartment complex's gym is low-rent and smelly, but all I need are some dumbells). Mostly, I do a lot of reps with the little barbells (depending on what it is, between 5 and 15 pounders), and since I used to be a butterflyer, I have been doing short sets of butterfly motions using 5-pound plates for resistance. I think the key for me has been not taking any rest between sets.

Basically, after jogging for about 45 minutes or so around the neighborhood, I come back and do shoulder and tricep exercises and bicep curls in sets of 12 reps (or 24 if I can only do one arm at a time). It seems to be working; all told, I think I've lost over 20 pounds.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Here's a vegetable for you.

I've broken 38". Now 37" is the number to beat. I've been eating a lot of celery instead of entire boxes of crackers.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009


I broke 38"! Per Molly's suggestion, I've even eaten a vegetable here and there.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Weight loss vs. Annihilation Time

My stomach is in the process of changing its official policy on alcohol, or at least carbonation. I haven't had a soda since mid-December, but beers and soda water (the stuff that goes on top of whiskey) seem to make me queasy. I had three beers over about four hours last night at the Annihilation Time show, and me no feel too hot this morning.

Who knows. Maybe I'm done drinking; we'll see if this helps me lose weight.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Weight loss vs. superbowl

I've barely eaten meat over the past two weeks, so the deer sausage I ate yesterday really packed a wallop on my stomach. Oh well.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Weight loss vs. beer

Had to do some "research" for a column about TCU kids and bars. Got way too much "information."


Monday, January 26, 2009

Ramblin' Man

Came into some extra cash, so I ended up buying a Nano, and I went on a nice two-album walk yesterday. Of course, it was in the 60s, so it made the walk a lot more pleasant.

38" and holding. THere's a Jack Johnson song the lyrics of which insist that "losing hope is easy." While that might be true, losing weight is not easy at all, partly because of the way the human body works, and partly because laziness is a tough hill to overcome.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Aw crap

Well, anyway, I'm maintaining 38" of gut. I tried jogging sans music yesterday, and I just couldn't focus on it and gave up. Guess I'll buy an iPod nano. Of course, getting my iPod stolen was a drag anyway, but it held sentimental value to me, too. Now it's an even greater inconvenience. I have this time to exercise, but I am having a rough time doing it. Oh well. At least I haven't eaten any garbage, and I did get in a couple hours of walking when I played frisbee golf on Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Well, it's the New Year, and I've already lost an inch. Back to the high fiber diet, which is really just a lot of beans. I would say that my dietary staples are toasted peanut butter sandwiches andRanch Style black beans. I was doing pretty well with walking, but then someone recently stole my iPod. I know I walked just fine for 26 years or so without one, but walking deliberately to meet an end goal eventually (within the second outing) becomes a chore. I need the distraction. In any case, I'll keep you posted with my progress.