Todd Daniel

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Free Weight (Loss)

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Dear Todd,

It’s been a while since you checked in. How’s it hanging? Or have you fallen off of the fat wagon and are too ashamed to report your progress, or lack thereof? A photo of flowers, while pretty, doesn’t inspire confidence in your weight loss journey. I need you to stay with me here. I’m not reading your senseless dribble for my health. I’m reading it for yours.



Todd weighs in:

I’m still here. Well, most of me is still here. Some of me, I’m happy to report, has gone away. I’m hovering just above the 200-pound mark, and I’ve set an interim goal of being under 200 pounds by September 2010. In order to achieve this goal, I’ve literally¬†been walking my ass off. One of my ground rules for weight loss is that I refuse to pay to lose weight. I don’t want to join a gym. I don’t want to pay Jenny Craig to tell me to eat less. I don’t want a trainer trying to get me to run a marathon and wear spandex. I have legs. There’s an earth outside my door. I have some weights lying around the house (and if I didn’t I would fill up some jugs with water and use those as weights). So every day, I trot out of the house at 7 a.m. (in Phoenix, it’s the only option for an outdoor daytime exercise) and walk between 2.5 and 3.5 miles. At home, I sprinkle my day with push-ups, sit-ups, ¬†and weight exercises. I even keep some weights by the computer and do quick sets of upper body exercises while I wait for things to load on the computer. After 10:00 p.m., when the pavement in Phoenix begins to return to a solid from its molten liquid state, I take another walk, usually about two miles. And you know what? It’s working just fine. Especially for free.

Speaking of free, the photo above was taken on one of my walks with a camera that I also got for free (well, as free as credit card points rewards can be). I don’t have anyone to take a photo of me walking (just to prove that I’m doing it) so you’ll have to content yourself with nature photography.