Archive for July, 2011

On Whiskey and Grease

Bill Simmons, the Boston loving “Sports Guy” for ESPN, started a website called Grantland last month. It focuses on Sports and Pop culture. So far, so good.  Bill discusses how it came about here:  Welcome to Grantland

On Whiskey and Grease was posted yesterday. It’s a short read and talks about the important things:  bourbon, our paternal heroes and brotherhood. I hope you enjoy it.

Have  a great weekend.



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Body for Life: The Gambler

As Kenny Rogers sang in The Gambler “You gotta know when to hold em’, know when to fold em’.  Know when to walk away, know when to run.”

It’s time to re-boot Body for Life.  In Week’s 3 & 4, I fell off the wagon.

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I wrote those words on June 14, 2011.  It’s now July 11, 2011.  I dreaded this post for a long time, and procrastinated accordingly.  My last BFL post was on June 1st!    Wow.

It’s funny.  I wanted to write, but knowing I blew it on the Internet is pretty humbling and suspended everything on the site.  How does one commit to a 12-week program online with regular readers and blow it half way through?  Well, I’m back hat in hand.  Here’s the lowdown on my Body for Life failure.

I never got back on the wagon.  By Week 6, I was 230 (original weight was 234) and at a crossroads.  I could push on and finish knowing that I had did poorly four out of the six weeks, or double down and start over.  I kicked that idea around for a few days.  I knew I needed a solution and results before I made another post.  Nothing worse than writing this:

“Waaaaa, I’m a huge loser and couldn’t make it six weeks. Now excuse me while I go scarf down a burger and fries.”

No way.

At the same time my wife kept saying:  “You have to read this book I bought.  You’re going to love it, it’s totally you.”

But I had to complete Body For Life, right?  I said I was going to do this 12 week program.  Everyone will think I’m a loser. Then that scene from Batman Begins randomly popped into my head.

“Why do we fall Bruce?  So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

I was focusing on the wrong thing.  See it’s not about failure.  We fail all the time and that’s OK. As long as we learn from it and react appropriately. In fact, I bet most AG readers can relate to what I went through. The average reaction would have been to go back to my old ways and put on another 10 pounds. I told my wife:  “OK, give me the book.”

And so I started the Dukan Diet the very next day.  Within two weeks, I lost 11 pounds and am down to 220.  I have 10 more pounds to go.  So why is The Dukan Diet working, instead of Body for Life?

First, I want to say that Body for Life is a great program and it does work.  I’ve done it before and know this for a fact.  My problem was all the tracking.  Maybe I’m lazy, but I don’t want to write down what I’m scheduled to eat each day, and then write down what I actually ate and when. All the tracking grew annoying.  I don’t mind tracking my lifting, because it’s critical and nice to see the improvements week-to-week, but food was too much. Tell me what to eat and how much of it I can and I’ll do it.  Dukan does exactly this.

I also went through your typical eating issues.  Instead of recovering from one bad meal, it turned into one day, then the weekend.  The Dukan Diet focuses solely on eating, and it’s the smartest book I’ve ever read on the topic of dieting.  I think by combining the workouts of Body for Life with the eating of the Dukan Diet, I’ll be in tip top shape.

There were also logistical issues.  It’s expensive and inefficient when two members of a family are on different diets.  It made our trips to the grocery store and meal preparation more cumbersome.  In truth, this played a big role in the switch.

I’ll write more about the Dukan Diet, but not on a weekly basis.  Feel free to check it out here.

It’s great to be back and I’m sorry for the delay.  Hope you stick with me, as we’ve got some good topics and interviews coming up this summer.


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