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.


Fried and True

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2010 at 7:17 am

Dear Todd,

You are absolutely correct in thinking that the surest way to lose weight and eat healthier is to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Eating them raw, blanched, or steamed is a great way to stave off hunger during this crucial part of your adjustment period.

Frying the crap out of them in peanut oil, however, is not one of the American Heart Association’s recommended preparation methods.

You are trying to lose weight, right?

As ever,


Todd weighs in:  Green tomatoes, aside from being impossible to find in July in Phoenix, are also nearly impossible to eat raw. And I’ve just finished reading Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg, so shoot me if I wanted to see what the fuss was about (it’s about a really tasty treat, particularly when paired with homemade green goddess dressing). I only had five small slices with a club soda, and made up for it by having a really minuscule dinner of chicken and pasta served on a bread plate.

I’m no nutritionist, but I’m pretty sure this is not a tried and true diet regime.

From Loin Cloth to Pork Loin

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2010 at 10:06 am

Dear Todd,

Ten years ago, at 35 years of age, you danced in the Dale Wasserman world premiere of “A Walk in the Sky.”  You actually had a visible belly button then and wore a piece of fabric the size of a dinner napkin (possibly smaller) that had to be strapped and pinned to keep from slipping off.

Today, on what is officially the first day of your alleged year of living thinner, you ate cake.

Nice work.


Todd weighs in:  In my defense, I had no intention of eating cake today. I was caught off guard by a surprise birthday party thrown in my honor (nothing surprises you more than a birthday party held two weeks after your date of birth). If it’s any consolation, the main course was a lovely salad with a chicken breast perched atop it. Is it my fault that the chicken breast was rolled in a crust of ‘Nilla wafers and then deep fried?* Aside from a few tortilla chips and three leftover slices of chicken breast, that was my complete intake for the day. And I did ten pushups (I would have done more, but it is 3:00 in the morning – ten seems sufficient). A decade ago, I walked in the sky. Tomorrow, my goal is to walk on the ground without causing minor tremors in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

*’Nilla Wafer Chicken is a Robrt Pela original creation. We are anxiously awaiting his much-anticipated Oreo-Encrusted Pork Loin.

Dear Me,

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2010 at 8:55 am

Dear Todd,

I recently saw a photo of you and was shocked to discover that you have become a pear. When did this happen? You used to be a gymnast. I have photos to prove it. Your feet used to be things you could actually see and touch, and not an urban myth. And if matter is never truly created or destroyed in this universe, what poor creature has sacrificed themselves so that you may take up twice the space you should? I want answers. And results. And I want them this year. I know you are in there, Todd. And from the looks of it, you have company.



Todd weighs in:  Five years ago, I used to stand under waterfalls in skimpy swim trunks and feel pretty good about myself. Today, it would take a cascade the size of Niagara to cover my torso, and I would be wearing parachute pants and a tunic as my swimwear.