I have 3 kids and until recently, they’ve never known me to be anything but a fat guy. My oldest is 8 years old and my youngest is 3. They’re all Toy Story fans and in the last year or so, whenever watching Toy Story 2 they’ve begun to assert that I remind them of one of the characters. I thought Buzz maybe…I knew it would be the tall slender cowboy Woody….Buzz would be fine with me I thought. Kids are too honest to bull shit you. Thank God for that. Turns out the character they all agreed “looks like Daddy” was Al, of Al’s Toy Barn. Al is the balding overweight guy with a goatee and glasses.
I am not balding, and I don’t wear glasses. But I wear a goatee most of the time and I was fat like Al. So the kids didn’t think I resembled “Buzz Light Year”, intergalactic SUPER hero. Shocker.
Forget the fact that I had ballooned up to 240lbs. Forget the fact that I was watching The Biggest Loser while eating pints of Haagen Daas. I had perpetual heartburn among other issues. I was on the fast track to an early grave. But being compared to a fat balding character voiced by the guy who played NEWman on Seinfield, by my own flesh and blood was the final straw! Something had to be done! For 10 years I allowed myself to be FAT. Obese. 10 years. I started out healthy and became fatter and fatter 20 lbs at a time. My weight eventually defined me. No more.
2010 became the year of great change. I had no idea this experiment would work. I had no idea come September, I’d be the leanest I’ve been since my wife’s and kids have known me.
This experiment of mine might shock you. But the results speak for themselves.
I will detail everything I put myself through. This year was all about experiments for me in general. This one was the biggest though. I will eventually posted the full monty below. It may take some time, but for those looking for the “how to” or simply some inspiration, you may find it here. Then again, you may need a kick in the ass from a 3 year who tells you that you look like a fat cartoon character who falls asleep eating CHEETOHS while watching TV in a Pixar movie. Different strokes…..