Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Eagle's article is starting!!!

So next week I am meeting with one other dude and three ladies who are going to do the Wichita's biggest loser contest. We only have three months so I can't imagine that i"m going to lose more than 15 pounds. But it'll be great to meet them and share life together.

I'm excited for the article to come out. Besides being a sucker for having my name in the paper I think the fact that so many people have already been encouraging me without my pic in there, when it is, it's going to be a whole lot more motivation to not fail in front of a big audience.

And it'll be fun to send to my parents. They've always been concerned with my weight, appropriately and innapropriately at times. But they'll be proud of me and I'm a sucker for that as well.

Not to mention my sweet wife called me to say how proud she is of me and how every day that she wakes up and I'm not asleep on the couch, she's amazed.

Sidebar: I have often woken up early with great intentions to work out or get to work early only to wake up way early and move to the couch till my kids woke up. eh eh eh

Talk about a wierd feeling today...

So I don't want to get too hyped or read too much into this and it may not happen ever again.

But something wierd happenned after I worked out today: I had more energy leaving than when I usually do. The last 5 times I left going, "I'm glad I did it, but dang am I tired and hurting."

Today? No pain. More energy. I feel great!!! I hope I'm not getting myself too psyched out.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Ah yeah...6 pounds the first week.

I always lose a lot of weight the first week. It's almost like God's little gimme week. My body doesn't know what's going on and I eat really well. And I was sick three days to boot!!! Yeah, you know I'm gonna lose some weight if I'm not eating.

I'm sure this week won't be as dramatic, but I'm still eating well, and still excercizing. Did the cycling class again today. What a fun group of people. The cycling class wasn't as hard but it may be that I wasn't pushing myself that hard either. Nevertheless, I sweated it out and feel great!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

So stinking tired!!!

So had a sweet workout yesterday and last night wanted to keep reading a couple books I've been working on. So I stayed up till Midnight thinking that if I got up at 6 AM that'd be 6 hours of sleep.

I think my body needed 10.

I got up at 6 and turned off the alarm. And "seconds" later it was 7 am and I was back in bed. eh eh eh.

So no workout today, but I feel great and can't wait till my cycling class tomorrow.

Wichita's Biggest Loser

Alright...So the secret is out. I tried and tried to find the original email I sent Mrs. Shideler, but I must have deleted it. Nevertheless, they had an article online and in the Wichita Eagle today.

So funny!!!!

I can totally use the accountability.


Do you have what it takes to be a big 'loser'?
The Wichita Eagle

Ken Rawson of Wichita came up with an idea: The Eagle, he thinks, should have its own version of television's "The Biggest Loser," and he wants to be a contestant.

"I've got to make a lifestyle change," he wrote. "I have three kids and a sweet wife, and I want to model a healthy lifestyle for them. And the extra accountability could only help."

We think he has a great idea.Here's what we have in mind:We'd like to profile five people (Rawson and four others) who are willing to go public with their weight-loss attempts.

We won't make you go through boot camp or use our products and sponsors (heck, we don't even have products and sponsors).

We figure you already know how to lose weight -- eat less, exercise more -- so the particular approach you take is up to you.We're more interested in how you get to your goal than in how many pounds you lose.

To participate, you must be willing to have your "before" and "after" pictures taken and share your successes (and failures) over three months.

We're hoping that might inspire other readers in their own efforts.If you think going public would help you be accountable, and you'd like to be considered, e-mail Karen Shideler at with "weight loss" in the subject line. Include your name, a daytime telephone number, and a few sentences about why we should pick you.

P.S. We don't have a $250,000 grand prize to offer; we think your weight loss is the real payoff. But we will give one of the five -- chosen at random in a drawing -- a $50 gift certificate to go toward clothes in a new size.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tuesday, Aug 22

Ah yeah!!! Went to bed at 10:45 PM and got up at 4:45 PM so that I could sweat it out in a cycling class. My buddy Bobby is doing one so I thought if he could do it, I could at least try it. Man, what a fun class. I didn't sweat as much as on the stair master and arc trainer, but I probably was pushing it as hard as I should have too.

the people in the class were really nice and welcoming, just what a new guy needed. Way cool. I'll be back Thursday for more sweat.

Monday, August 21, 2006

The need for accountability

I've tried losing weight so many times. Motivation is the x factor for me. I know what I need to do, I just need a coach that can keep me going, keep pushing me. I always thought if I could get a job where I got paid to lose weight, that would motivate me. Or if I could work it into a bonus plan that I would get a bonus based on how much weight I could lose.

Now my new idea is to have major accountability. Accountability in the thousands.

I'm pumped.

12 from 3...Hundred that is

So it begins today. Monday, August 21, 2006. Today, I weighed in at 288 freaking pounds!!! Good stinking night!!!

Did the stair climber for 30 minutes and the Arc trainer for 30 minutes. So much sweat. So gross. But I feel great and it was great to get out there.

Got a great sandwich, thanks to Todd, and two apples to enjoy today.