Introducing “The Century”

Let me start out very simply: I’m fat.

Now, I don’t especially like writing that. It’s an ugly word, “fat,” and it feels ugly to use it to describe someone I’m rather fond of. I much prefer any one of the dozens of euphemisms that keep me from saying the F word:

  • I’m a big guy.
  • I’m an executive size. (That’s Men’s Wearhouse.)
  • I’m portly. (Slightly less OK, courtesy of JCPenney’s sizing scheme.)
  • I’m overweight.
  • I could stand to lose a few pounds.

And so on. All of these dance around the simple fact that back around 1994-95 I put on a freshman fifteen, and then a sophomore 15 for good measure. I kept on doing this for several years, in fact. Now, by any measure that shoots straight and doesn’t try to flatter me with smooth words, I’m what you would call morbidly obese. Let’s just say fat for the sake of brevity.

Now that we have that fact on the table, the Century is my plan to do something about it.

I’m fat now, but I don’t need to be fat forever.

Here’s the math: As of the beginning of August 2012, I weighed in at 291 pounds. By my reckoning, I’ve got to drop a solid hundred of them before I’ll be approaching a healthy weight. In fact, that would turn back the clock – as much as such things are possible – to sometime in the middle of my college career.

100 pounds. As long as it takes. That’s the goal. That’s my Century.

For some who visit my site, this will be a massive overshare on my part. Others may find my journey down through the pounds to be the most helpful thing here. For both types, I’ve separated out my Century posts from the rest of my blog. Read them if they interest you. And if not, you can safely ignore them and not miss anything critical.

Aside from the fact that losing this weight is, ahem, critical.

I’m taking the risk of oversharing for two reasons:

  1. I need the accountability. It’s easy to make excuses and not get the job done when no one’s paying attention to the job in the first place. Just about anyone who’s successfully lost weight can tell you the importance of being accountable to someone else. Because I’m a geek with a blog, it comes naturally to me that this should be how I check in.
  2. I might be helpful to others. I’m not the only one in the world with a lot of weight to lose. Inspirational weight loss stories are encouraging, but what I think is really helpful is to read the ongoing, hard-won, day-to-day insights of people who are undertaking the same challenge. I want to be able to share what I think is helpful, so that others might be encouraged to undertake their own Centuries.

Feel free to cheer me on, and to ask me any questions you’ve got.

I’m looking forward to my Century. Whether it’s 2014, 2015, or beyond – one way or the other, I’ll see you at 191 pounds!

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