The answer, my friends, is me.

As of just a few minutes ago, I weighed in at a portly 237 lbs. I’m only 5’11” or so. It’s crazy. I’ve let myself get far too fat. I’ve got to stop the madness and get back into shape.

My last weight loss trip was over a year ago, at which point I started at 233 lbs and worked my way down to 210 lbs, after 2 months or so. At the time, I was participating in what we came to call the “FFC”. I won’t define the acronym because there’s a bad word in it, but I’ll explain the idea.

Every participant had to weigh in, ante up a $500 cheque to be placed in trust with a non-participant, and pledge to lose 10 lbs in 2 months. Those who didn’t lose the weight forfeited their money, and those who did got their own money back. They also got to divide the money of the losers amongst themselves. I took the challenge to heart. I lost over 20lbs, and won $500. (Roughly what I spent on the fitness equipment I bought.)

When I was losing the weight, it wasn’t that hard, because I had a goal. I knew what I needed to do to reach my objective. But after I had achieved it, I let myself go. I worked out progressively less frequently, and stopped taking my bike to work when the weather got cold. I stopped eating well, and started eating pizza, fast food and other deep fried goodies on a regular basis.

I got fat again.

Anyway, there’s been some talk amongst the same friends of reviving the FFC. It probably won’t be for a couple weeks, if at all, so I wanted to get started on my own, regardless.

The last time I successfully lost weight and improved my overall fitness, the following elements were in place:

  • A clear objective
  • A commitment on my part to meet the objective, before witnesses

I’ve decided that now is the time to establish objectives, here, before you and all other ‘net surfers that happen upon this blog.

I solemnly commit to:

  1. Lose 25 lbs by Leo’s firstbirthday, June 16th, 2005
  2. Lose a further 25 lbs by this time next year, January 19th, 2006;
  3. Weigh less than 190lbs for the rest of my life;
  4. Update my blog monthly with my weight, so you can see I’m keeping my promises;
  5. Use the same scale to weigh myself each time, with no funny business like dehydrating myself a few hours before weigh-ins.

My fitness regimen starts tomorrow. I will follow the following proven principles:

  • Eat smaller meals with healthy snacks in between;
  • Eat less fat and simple carbs;
  • Eat more vegetables and fruit;
  • Eat less red meat, and more high-protein, low fat meats such as chicken and turkey breast;
  • Drink at least 1 liter of water per day;
  • Drink beer only on weekends;
  • Drink no more than 1 glass of red wine on other days;
  • Lift free weights 2 days on, 1 day off, to build some fat-burning muscle mass;
  • Do some cardio every day (unless sickness or injury prevent it);
  • Bike to work whenever weather permits.

It’s really not rocket science, and it’s not that difficult. But it is tough to stick with, so I’ll probably need encouragement along the way.

I also had a great idea for anyone who really wants to cheer me on: if you’d like, you can sponsor my weight loss by donating $2 for every pound I lose between now and Leo’s next birthday to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Just leave your pledge as a comment, and I’ll collect the money once I’ve reached my goal.

Here we go. Wish me luck!