Nixon's Memoirs: March 2005

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Week 2 Front Shot Posted by Hello

Week 2 Side Shot Posted by Hello

Week 2 Loser Update

The third weigh-in is done, and Week 2 is complete, I'm down 4 lbs. this week, for a total of 16 lbs. for the two week period.

We started the "5 and 1" plan today, which is five supplements, and one meal. Pray for me, I'll do the fasting!

My "dangling carrot" for this competition is NOT the $6000 watch, but instead I have my eye on Riverfest 2005, and all the great food they'll have there. It takes place AFTER this competition, so Riverfest will be one of my two "cheat" times of the year. I've got the other one slated for the Arkansas State Fair. Other than those two, including all various and sundry holidays and excuses for eating, I plan on sticking with this diet for life.

Thanks again to everyone for your continued encouragement and support!

Friday, March 25, 2005

Guess Who in review.

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We went to the 7:30 showing of "Guess Who", and the crowd wasn't bad. Inside the theatre there was a good mix of people. For once, I actually enjoyed being distracted at the movies, as a small child took an interest in me during the film, and decided to play with me from the row behind me. The movie moved slowly enough, that it didn't take away from the experience.

Not that moving slowly was a bad thing. There were lots of moments of laughter, followed by moments of genuine tension. This movie brought back a lot of memories of when I first met my wife's folks. Her father was very nice to me, but I could tell her mother did not approve. Much like Bernie Mac in the film, he tries to say it's not that Kutcher's character is white, it's that he lied about a few things. (I won't spoil the surprise here.) My mother-in-law was quite concerned about my weight, and I think she felt free to talk about that, though my race may have also been a factor. We get along great now, by the way!

Overall, I really enjoyed the film, and my wife seemed to like it as well. Her complaint was that "Aston Kutcher is not very good looking." And, in saying this, she of course meant that I'M BETTER LOOKING THAN ASHTON KUTCHER! (woo hoo!)

I'll just be happy when this sort of film isn't a novelty, and more of an everyday thing. My wife and I are working towards making that a reality.

Nixon says: Go see "Guess Who", it's funny, well written, and Bernie Mac delivers a brilliant perfomance.

Words of encouragement

I've been so delighted with the response I've gotten as a result of being on "Arkansas' Biggest Loser."

My wife, my parents, my extended family, my friends, my readers, my co-workers, even the kids at work are all very excited for me! The kids at work have now taken me on as their special project, and have been inspecting my lunchbox, and watching me like a hawk in the cafeteria. I love those guys. Here at home, my wife has finally decided to try the diet with me, as she was very impressed with the results of the first week.

I am not without my skeptics, however, a few of my fellow men-of-size at work are already coming up with phrases such as "it's just water weight" and "you'll put it right back on." Phooie! They just don't realize the intensity and effectiveness of this diet! The only one who can screw this up is me!

I did make a rather depressing revelation the other day, however. About a year ago, when my doctor told me that I needed to lose the weight, or that I would die in about ten years, I did very little to change my eating habits, and worked out only slightly more. Now, I DID get down to 344 at that point, but let it all pack back on. But, with the added motivation of $$$$$, I'm sticking to it. So, "It'll save your life" ehh. "I'll give you cash." OK! I guess that makes me a typical American.

The wife and I are going to see "Guess Who" today. We feel almost morally obligated to see it, as it is about a white male-black female romance. Not too many of those to choose from! (Bringing Down the House was close, but way too stereotypical.) I've seen some interviews with Bernie Mac about the film, and it appears as though they're handling the subject respectfully. I'll possibly have a review of the film later today or tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Week 1 Front view. Posted by Hello

Week 1 Side view. Posted by Hello


The second weigh-in is done, and I'm down TWELVE POUNDS! That's 382!

I have to admit, this past week has been HARD. I haven't blogged, because I just haven't had the time, and I didn't want to discourage myself or my readers with tales of my struggles. The workouts have really been no problem, yes, I've been sore, but I can deal with pain. It's the "pangs" I've really had a problem with. The portions on this new diet seem ridiculously low, but that's just compared with what has become a major portion-size explosion in our country. One thing is for sure, I can't argue with the results.

I feel better, I look better, and I can manage the diet. This week is the last week of the "pre-conditioning" diet where I eat three small meals and drink three shakes. Next week, we go to five shakes and one small meal a day. YIKES!

This week, in total poundage, I was the 2nd biggest loser. One other contestant lost 14 lbs. I haven't done the math on percentages yet, but I believe the woman who weighed 206 and lost 8 is the biggest percentage loss.

I'll have more from the front lines of the "Battle of the bulge" later on!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The moment of truth.

Well, the live weigh-in was this morning, and I was 4th in line to step on the scale.

Aye, carumba! 394! I couldn't believe it. I weighed here at home this morning and it read 382. I don't think my clothes weigh 12 lbs. OK, so my home scale is a little off, no matter. I'll be weighing in weekly for the contest, so I can get accurate tracking of my progress there.

My first workout is today at 2pm.

Channel 4 is going to be doing a lot of "human interest" segments on me and the other contestants, so viewers will get even more insight into my story.

I'm looking forward to this experience. I'll be "eating" six "meals" a day, that is to say I'll have breakfast, then a shake 2-3 hours later. Lunch, then a shake, Dinner, then a shake. I'm also supposed to drink 64 oz. of water a day, which I can handle, I'm a water drinker anyway.

And for those who may have seen my interview this morning, yes, I was about to cry, dang it.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Loser Update

Tuesday I went to Hi-Energy to get an EKG and some bloodwork done, which is all part of the process. I talked with the lady there, and she said that all contest-related food and materials are FREE! Basically, they came up with the idea after watching the original "Biggest Loser" and thought it would be a great way to promote their product and business.

She was asking me how often I planned to work out, and I told her the YMCA guy said three times a week. She said "You can do more!" I told her I had the treadmill and Soloflex at home and planned on getting "homework" from the trainer as well.

The Hi-Energy lady said I should lose A LOT of weight if I don't cheat. I hope she's right! The watch would be a nice little bonus from this, but as long as I get healthier, and continue to do so after the contest, I will be a winner, and a loser.

I go next Tuesday to get my materials (food, etc.) from Hi-Energy, and then the live weigh-in is at 5:45 am next Wednesday. That's when the contest officially starts! I've got friends and co-workers already voting for me, so the pressure is on!

Monday, March 07, 2005

Before shot "Side" Posted by Hello

Before shot "Front" Posted by Hello

Apparantly, I'm a finalist!

They haven't officially called me yet, but the website has been updated, and my photo is one of the eight that are there. They announced ONE contestant (that I saw) this morning on KARK, and she is one of the ones listed.

I'm going to assume this means I've been picked!

As long as I can lift my fingers to type, I will blog about the progress I'm hopefully making!

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Interviewed today

I got to Hi-Energy weight control this morning, and there was a small, rowdy group waiting to be the "Biggest Loser" for the state of Arkansas. I met a very nice woman named Tammie, who is a realtor. There is an ex Arkansas football player, and there was a guy with a custom made t-shirt that said "Arkansaw Biggest Loser Pick Me" in iron-on letters.

I wore my lucky Boston Red Sox hat, which they made me take off for the mug shot photos (the ones they'll use on the site) But, I kept it on for the interview.

I really let it all out in the interview, and almost cried at one point. The interviewer was VERY talented. So, if I make it, and you see some sappy clips, well, that's what happened.

We find out Monday whether or not we're one of the 8 finalists. Only about 15-16 showed up out of the 20 that were supposed to be there, so it looks like my odds are 1 in 2. Not bad!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

I'm a Loser?

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Monday morning I made a special effort to make it over to J. Oliver's Fine Jewlery, despite being very tired from my overnight shift, and fill out an entry form for KARK's Arkansas' Biggest Loser competition. I figured I had a snowball's chance, considering the number of entries.

Hell-O Snowball!

I got the good news this afternoon on my voice mail whilst I slept.

I am now a SEMI-FINALIST for the show!

I have an interview on Saturday along with the 19 other semi-finalists, out of which they will pick 8 finalists to be on the show!

If selected, of course I will blog the experience here!


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