I Might Have To Quit Blogging (And You Can Get Free Stuff)

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Don't let me quit!

They say one of the best ways to make sure you’re reaching your goals is to keep yourself accountable to someone for those goals. Well, I did that with my wife and it could bite me in the butt.

It’s probably no secret to you that I’ve been stalling again. At least I think I am. I make small progress, but it’s not the consistency that I want. In February we made a deal. If I didn’t lose 40 lbs by June, I had to stop “playing with the blog” until I did.

Well, crap!

It worked for a while

I did well at the beginning, dropping about 20 lbs so far. At least according to one scale I have. But then it kind of stood still. Sometimes my clothes fit well, and sometimes they seem to be creeping tighter.

I stopped using the scale because it didn’t make sense. The scale I’d been using since I started this blog currently reads around 260 (which, incidentally, would be 50 lbs lost in just over a year). But the scale I found in a box – the scale I’d always used before – still says 290. I don’t know which one to use, but that’s a huge difference.

To be honest, I think I believe the second one more, based solely on the way my clothes fit. I really didn’t want to admit that to you guys, but I feel like I need to. Which means I haven’t lost much in almost a year despite generally following the rules.

That “Generally” gets you every time

It’s been my observation that when people are having a hard time seeing results, it’s because they’re “generally” following things. Every time I’ve explicitly followed plans, I’ve seen and felt positive results.

So I’m revisiting my plan-maker. I’ve decided to publicly humiliate hold myself accountable – again – to all of you. Specifically for the month of May (at least).

This is where I tell you about the free stuff…

Actually, I’ve decided to make this a bit more interesting.

I’m holding a contest. I believe it’s the first one I’ve had here.

Next week, you’ll see a few posts on here related to the contest. I’ve got some things to give away to kick things off, and I’m working on some extra-special things to give away at the end of the contest.

Basically, we’re going to get in shape during the month of May. We’ll do it together, and we’ll keep each other accountable. The more people that join, the more success I believe we’ll have!

In order not to bug people with stuff they don’t want, I’m setting up a sub-group just for the people involved with the contest. It’s definitely the biggest undertaking I’ve done here to date, and I’m not sure exactly what I’m getting myself in to. But I’m pretty sure it’s going to be awesome.

Next week is when I’ll open up the list, and I’ll tell you how you’ll be able to win a copy of Robb Wolf’s 30 Day Transformation!

Right now, I’ve got over $150 in stuff to give away, and I’m pretty sure that’s only going to get better. Stay tuned next week for all the details!

Help me keep my blogging privileges! :)

-j

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Comments

  1. You have to keep the blog! You have to do this!
    RunInBoise recently posted..Lake Lowell Marathon & Half

  2. To measure your weight loss, I don’t think it’s important which scale says what, just that you are using the same scale consistently. (Unless it’s broken.) Losing 40 pounds is the same whether you start at 290 or 260.

    • Andrea, that’s true…but I think in my case the scale was broken. :) I’m pretty sure I didn’t start at 330 when I lost the 40. I’m confident the scale worked at some point, because it jived with what other scales at the time were telling me and how I was eating. But now it doesn’t agree with my pants, so I just am not confident in it. I think I’ll trust my clothes for a while.

      -j

      • Have you tried measuring something that you know the weight of on your scale to see what it says? I don’t imagine as a slow carber that you have a 20lb sack of rice in the house but maybe you have a dumbbell or something that would give you a sense of how accurate the scale actually is.

  3. Hey man, sorry to hear you’re struggling. I’ve hit a bit of a plateau myself. I did extremely well until I hit 50 pounds lost. I’m at 53 down now, and it’s moving slow.

    And it’s for the same reason: “Generally”. I hate that I’ve gotten into a habit of just generally following paleo guidelines. Back on 4HB and when I first started paleo I was so rigid and got crazy results.

    We just have to buckle down and try harder. Give up a little now for some good results :)

    • I’m trying to keep that perspective, Justin. :) It’s ridiculous (amazing? disappointing?) how spoiled and lazy I’ve gotten. I want results now, and I don’t want to work hard for them. I know life doesn’t work that way, but it’s a hard habit to break. Makes me wonder how I started having it in the first place.

      -j

  4. Hey Jason,

    I loved this blog post because I think it is one that everyone in the world can relate to, including myself.

    Also, I don’t know if you have fallen into this trap, but I find my little side project of blogging often keeps me up late into that magic 12-2am hour (especially with kids) that has definitely wreaked havoc on my training.

    Maybe those who do, do and those who blog… Well I don’t know how to finish that statement.

    Anyway, thanks for your honesty and sharing your story, I have no doubt in my mind that you will reach your goals. Watching your dedication over the past year to findingmyfitness leads me to believe you can accomplish anything you put your mind too!!!
    Stephen recently posted..The Eat Watch®

    • Thanks for your comment, Stephen. To be honest, almost nothing keeps me awake between 10pm and 6am. :) (Although we don’t have our kid yet…it’s still cooking). I like to get work done between 6 and 8 am when I go to work, so that’s probably what affects my decisions not to train when I could. I’m working on figuring out what to do about it.

      I really appreciate your confidence!

      -j

  5. Connie (OHCowgirl) Roush says:

    I’ve been following you too long now for you to give up…so let the games begin!

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