I’m pretty big into cycling. And unfortunately, I’m pretty big for a cyclist. Levi Leipheimer is about 140 pounds and the great Lance Armstrong is about 170. I, on the other hand, weigh in (today) at a whopping 223. That’s like 1/3 a Levi that I carry around on my bike. Yikes!
This past weekend I completed a 102 Mile Century in 5 hours and 45 minutes. This a record for me (30 minutes faster than my last century and 45 faster than my first). It was relatively flat, but still tiring. My fourth century, in July, will be the toughest yet. And so comes the real heart of this post.
I need to lose weight! For the last few years of my life I have battled the bulge between 210-230. And (medically speaking) I should be somewhere between 200-205. So that equates to needing to lose 20 lbs. Twenty pounds is a lot! Think about it like this:
- A heavy bowling ball is 4 pounds shy of 20.
- 2 1/2 gallons of milk weigh 20 lbs.
- Three newborn children could weigh 22 pounds.
- Twenty Burger King Whoppers weigh 20 pounds.
- My bike weighs just a bit less than 20 lbs!
That’s insane! No matter how you look at it. I’m either dragging 2 1/2 gallons of milk, my bike, or 3 newborns up a hill every time I ride (and no, I don’t drag any kids for real). The long and the short of it is this… by May 28th, my 33rd birthday (the year of our Lord), I want to have lost 20 lbs.
And so, in the spirit of the ‘fat cyclist’ website that inspired this post and personal challenge, I, Shawn Stutz, do so solemnly swear to:
- Eat right (and not everything that’s left!)
- Exercise vigorously
- Drink no cola
- Eat Chocolate on Tuesdays (and Food Church Fridays) only
- and POST my weight everyday until the 20 lbs. have melted away!
But, I’ll need your help America! (and by America I mean the the small fraction of people who either read this to be nice or those who found this site looking for the average weight of 3 newborns)!
So today, is Day 1: 223 lbs.
On a journey now…