So, yeah, I’m going to do this thing

So, it’s that time of year again where people look at all the shit they’re doing, beat up on themselves, and proudly declare, “THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT!”

I’ve never been a big believer in New Year’s resolutions, because let’s face it, I’m used to lying to myself. What’s one more broken promise to lose weight?

And then there’s the whole belief I have:


…not for the better, anyway.

Yes, there are exceptions. But I think if you look at most people, they DO NOT change much over time.

The assholes you knew in high school? Most of them are still assholes.

Those friends who party so recklessly they make Ron Wood look like a pussy? Yeah, they’re still at it, liver or lungs be damned.

And that fat guy who swore he’d swear off sugary crap, and exercise every day because THIS TIME IT’S DIFFERENT?

Yeah, I’m still right here, fatter than ever.

Well, not fatter than ever. At one point I did weigh nearly 400 pounds, thanks to a steady diet of Coke and Pepsi for the better part of a decade.

Now I’m down to a svelte 332.

Which, if I’m not mistaken, is about the same weight I was last year I said I’d go on a diet.

And for those of you looking to email me saying “Don’t use the word diet, it’s a lifestyle change” please don’t. I’m just using the vernacular that most people associate with losing weight and getting in shape.

So as the new year approached, author and guy with way too much enthusiasm, Jay Chastain decided to challenge me to “Lose it All!”


He even made a video. (NSFW as he curses a lot)

So I said yeah, sure, what the hell?

Can you tell I’m super excited and motivated?

I WANT to be enthusiastic and all “Rah-rah” but I know me. And enthusiasm has always led to exhaustion and giving up.

So, how will this time be different?

I honestly don’t know.

But I’m going to join. Perhaps having Jay (and now fellow author and SPRT co-host, Trish McCallan) doing this with me, might motivate me a bit more than doing it on my own.

I’ll be posting updates here rather than my old diet blog. While the old diet blog was nice to have, it was also easier to ignore because it wasn’t on my main site. Using my main site means being more accountable. If I fail here, I fail in front of a lot more people.

We’re still working out details on the LOSE IT ALL CHALLENGE, so I’ll update you when I know more, like what the reward or punishment will be, etc…

For those of you who don’t come here for weight loss stuff, don’t worry, the updates will be once a week or so, max. And I’ll try and make the posts fun for you.

The rest of the time I’ll be blogging about other stuff … which I’ll talk about in tomorrow’s blog post.

As always, thank you for reading and Happy New Year!


16 thoughts on “So, yeah, I’m going to do this thing

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  1. Hey Dave, best of luck with the challenge. My advice would be to find a very, very specific diet that you can stick to so that you don’t have to rely on willpower to make it happen. Because willpower as it relates to dieting lasts about 30 seconds.

    I did Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body diet a couple of years ago and lost 20 pounds in a month. One reason I liked it and was able to stick with it until I reached my goal is that it gives you one cheat day per week where you can go absolutely berserk and are encouraged to eat anything you want, and in any quantity. I found it was much easier to have that one day a week to satisfy my cravings (which were many) than it was doing something like the Paleo Diet, where you have to commit to it 100%, forever. Plus I still got to eat bacon and eggs for breakfast every morning, and drink red wine at night 😉

    Good luck!

    1. Thanks, Beau. I BRIEFY considered Paleo, and then realized that I don’t hate myself THAT much. I’m crafting the diet this weekend. The start date is set for Monday, so I’ll talk more about it then).

  2. go go go Dave!! (I had a moment of sheer horror looking at that picture thinking ‘IS THAT DAVE WITHOUT A BEARD? BRING BACK THE BEARD.) then I realised his eyes didn’t sparkle like a cute hedgehog so it couldn’t possibly be you. I’m training for my first ever 5k after 15 years of doing no sport whatsoever. WE CAN DO IT! ALL THE FITNESS! YARGH!

    1. LOL, Jay does remind me of another version of me (though one who has way more energy and may or may not have watched pro wrestling). As for WE can do it. Easy for you to say, you’re in good shape. But thank you for the kind words.

  3. You should try carb backloading, You would fu*king love it!
    Just eat carbs and night and God forbid you pick up a dumbbell you can eat a whole pizza to yourself and bite anyone who comes for a piece of it.
    Interesting science behind this concept and it works, who knew.
    You can make it to 3pm without carbs and walk for 30 minutes.
    Less is more baby!
    Xtra large coffin… that is what did it for me.

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