Category Archives: General Fatblog Stuff

Affiliate Summit East 2016 Donates $11,972 to Fight Breast Cancer

The Race to Affiliate Summit East 2016, an exercise challenge where Affiliate Summit committed to donating $1 to benefit AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer in support of Affiliate Marketers Give Back for each mile in the challenge, has completed.

Participants cycled, ran, swam, walked, and did other workouts to add up miles for the charity competition.

One last bunch of miles for the Race to Affiliate Summit to fight breast cancer. #ase16

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There were 32 folks involved in the challenge, and overall, there were 11,972 miles tallied by the participants, so the total donation was $11,972.

Thank you so much to everybody who participated and helped to make this charity donation from Affiliate Summit.

The participant with the most total miles at the end of the challenge, Justin Ball with 3,760 miles, will receive a VIP Pass to Affiliate Summit West 2017.

The 2nd to 5th place finishers will each receive a Networking Plus Pass to Affiliate Summit West 2017, and 6th to 10th place finishers will each receive a Networking Pass to Affiliate Summit West 2017.

Affiliate Summit West 2017 is taking place January 15-17, 2017 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

If you would like to participate in the next Affiliate Summit exercise challenge, be sure to keep an eye on the Affiliate Summit blog for an announcement in the next month.

Does This Haircut Make Me Look Fat

I went to the barber yesterday, and one of the myths I like to believe is that the scale will look better the next day after I shed the weight of my cut hair.

In reality, I know that it’s probably a matter of a few ounces, but don’t ruin my scenario.

Even if the barber shop isn’t a magical weight loss solution, it is a funny time machine.

You get the old timers with the hot shaving cream and straight razor working those neck hairs. And the barbers say goofy stuff like, “so, you want to get your ears lowered today?”.

Whatever the result, I dropped some weight yesterday with zero effort.

Back in the Saddle with Atkins

After a stunning gain last week, I’ve managed to clear off some of that weight and get back into a good rhythm.

I was eating better, protein rich breakfasts, which kept me satiated more during the day, and making better choices overall on foods.

Lots of Atkins bars and meals during the days.

Plus, the beer intake was cut way back – three total across the week, and only one of those was an IPA.

I think with some serious discipline, I can match this loss for next week, and I am planning to exercise no less than an hour a day for the next 7 days (Sunday to Saturday) to push for that goal.

Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 224

A Birthday and a Rebirth

Rock bottom. That’s where I am right now. I had a fun and productive week of work, but it was also a big step back for my diet.

I gained six pounds. Seriously.

Last Saturday, I went to a New York Yankees game with my son, Jack, and that was the start of my week-long junk food odyssey.

Then, I was in New Orleans for a conference, and I love cajun food. I loved a lot of it to that point where I overdid it over many days.

My 46th birthday was during those days, and the combination of overindulging for my birthday and overall eating delicious food like a horse has caught up with me.

After dinner drink #collisionconf

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It was fun while it lasted, but I need to get serious about this stuff.

Starting over… I’ve got boats to build…

It’s time for a change
I’m tired of that same ol same
The same ol words the same ol lines
The same ol tricks and the same ol rhymes

Days precious days
Roll in and out like waves
I got boards to bend I got planks to nail
I got charts to make I got seas to sail

I’m gonna build me a boat
With these two hands
It’ll be a fair curve
From a noble plan
Let the chips fall where they will
Cause I’ve got boats to build

Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 227

Running to Stand Still

I am a broken record – another week of a decent amount of exercise, and also some calorie excessive days, which balanced things out.

One thing I am glad about is that with finishing the Couch to 5k program, I am completing three mile runs regularly.

But with beers and unhealthy meals, those runs are just helping to maintain the status quo.

So, my mission is to eat less and run more.

I did start off a recent trip to San Diego with a healthy meal, but then I was in the Stone Tap Room a couple nights in a row, too.

Seafood Cobb in San Diego

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I need to find a 10k to shoot for in the coming months.

Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 221

How to Walk on a Sidewalk

I was out for a run in San Diego earlier this week, and it was a great, sunny day with beautiful scenery.

But, as is the case everywhere else, there are many people walking the sidewalks who don’t know quite how to do it.

It should be simple, right? Walk in a straight line. Just do that and we’re all good.

But so many people, especially if they are texting, tend to zigzag around.

That may be fine is everybody is walking, but when a fatigued jogger is coming through, an unexpected zig and you might end up zagging your face to the pavement with a sweaty collision.

Then there are the people who spread out to fill as much space as there is on a given path or sidewalk.

No, don’t do that. Think of it like a road and stay on the right. Move to the left for a short time for passing, but please stay out of oncoming traffic.

Oh, and if you need to make a sudden stop, because you can’t walk and talk at the same time, or whatever… also think of yourself as being on the road. Look over your shoulder and edge over to the side to take care of your business.

Because if I come plowing into you, it’s not going to be pretty, and it won’t smell nice.

Spring Break is My Excuse This Time

So, another week and another non-loss. This time a one pound gain. But I was on spring break – that should count for something, right?

I was exercising most every day, either a walk or 30 minutes of running, but that was not enough to counteract some bad meals and great beers.

There were lots of good meals, but those bad ones seem to win the calorie war. And maybe craft beers with a salad are not a net positive.

Steak salad – pretty tasty

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Yesterday, I ran the longest I have run this year, and I will continue to build on it.

Damn, all of that to work off a few light beers?! #fatblogger

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Back to the drawing board (again) for a week on the road, and it’s San Diego (and their awesome breweries!).

Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 220

No More Pool Shirts

I went to a water slide park the last few days, and I just wore my bathing suit. No pool shirt or whatever they are called.

Embracing the dad body

In the past, I have worn those things to the pool, beach, water park, etc. And let’s be real, they’re not fooling anybody.

Dudes with six packs don’t rock the swim shirt.

So, the hell with it. I am working on getting in better shape, but that really means to me that I’ll have a better dad body.

The six pack thing isn’t happening, and I am OK with that.

So, no more clingy, obvious, wet shirt. That’s a clown move anyway. Plus, you never move past the farmer’s tan.

Still Stuck with Flatline Weight Loss

I usually do my weekly weigh in on Saturdays, but I am going to be on Spring Break, so weigh in is Friday this week.

Anyhow, for the second week in a row, I am at the same weight.

I spent half of the past week in San Francisco at a conference, and while I was pretty good on the food, my hotel had Pliny the Elder on tap, and I had a bunch of it, since I really enjoyed it and was not sure when I’d have a chance to have it again.

Fresh Pliny the Elder after #amdays

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But I did exercise daily with a combination lots of walking around San Francisco, including those monster hills, running, and hiking.

Happy place above Lake Austin

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Yesterday, I had a nice plate of BBQ, so maybe that salty goodness got me bloated up a bit. I’ll tell myself that in my head, at least.

I love Rudy's moist brisket

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Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 219

One Bad Day Blows the Week

So much for the whole cheat day thing – I was disciplined for 6 days, and then one day of some drinking and bad food messed it all up.

I went on a one day work trip and planned to eat and drink well, but that pretty much broke apart shortly after arriving.

You see, I went to Philadelphia and was hungry at lunch, so I went with a cheesesteak. I made an attempt at being responsible by having it as a wrap (wheat even), instead of a roll. But then a side order of fries, too.

Things were going well after that – there were so many Philly themed treats that I love at this event, such as soft pretzels, and Tastykakes. I stayed away.

I love Philly pretzels – do not eat. Do not eat!

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After they wrapped up, there was a keg of Yuengling, and I had a cup. Then a happy hour and some calorie rich IPAs, followed by a late IHOP dinner.

The next day I was back to doing things right, but overall I stayed the same weight as the previous week. While that’s not the worst thing, it was a step back, because I was two pounds lighter before the trip.

Next week, I am in San Francisco. That should be a tricky food challenge. I’ll start it off by bringing a bunch of Atkin’s breakfast bars and some nuts to snack on.

Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 219