Public Declaration

by Mike Holman

Ok, I’ve been tagged by my buddy Brip Blap to publicly declare a goal and hopefully by making it public I will be able to stick to it. So even though he conveniently didn’t make a declaration himself :), here’s mine…

Lose 10 pounds!

This isn’t a difficult goal since I’ve done it before however I’d like to be able to lose the weight (and possibly more) and keep it off.

Some history

In July of last year I hit a personal best weight of 201 pounds (I’d guess my ideal weight is 165 pounds) so I started watching what I eat/drink and managed to get down to about 182 by April of this year. Unfortunately over the last six months my weight has crept back up to 192 which is not good. So the goal is to get back to 182 and stay there.

How will I do it?

If it worked once then it will work again…these are some of the things for me to focus on:

Beer – I love beer. In my perfect dream world I would spend every night on the couch watching bad movies and my favourite sports teams (Leafs & Bills) and drink beer. The problems with beer are that it’s not an overly healthy food, when I drink it I tend to stay up too late and get hungry and eat everything in sight, and lastly if I have too many then I’ll be tired/hungover the next day and will be more inclined to eat crap foods instead of healthy foods.

Action Item #1: Drink less beer.

Diet – I’m pretty partial to eating healthy foods such as salads however I do like to eat a lot of unhealthy foods in unhealthy quantities. I also eat a lot of carbs for which I’ll blame my wife who is addicted to them 🙂

Action Item #2: Concentrate on eating better – less fat, less carbs, less quantity.

Exercise – I do stay pretty active but clearly more needs to be done. For the last six months I have been riding my bike to work everyday (20 minute ride), I play hockey once a week and I usually go roller blading for about 40 minutes once or twice a week. This may sound good but in my younger days I used to be an exercise fanatic. While I don’t think I can ever get to the fitness levels I had 10 years ago, I can do a lot better. I will also have to make up for the fact that I won’t be able to ride my bike and roller blade much longer due to the weather.

I hate to blame my lack of fitness on age because at my age (39) there are guys playing pro hockey and climbing mountains so clearly I’m not “too old”. My theory as to why it is harder to exercise as we get older is because of lifestyle. When I was younger and didn’t have a family and not many obligations, I had plenty of time and opportunities to exercise. For example in a one week period I might have had 15 opportunities to exercise – so even if I only took advantage of six of those opportunities, that was still quite a bit of exercise. Now I might only have five opportunities to get exercise a week so if I only take advantage of two of those times, then that’s not very much exercise.

Action item #3Increase exercise by going jogging once a week. This might have to increase once my bike riding & roller blading stops.

So that’s my public declaration – I’m not going to tag anyone else since I think Brip Blap already tagged half the internet 🙂 but I’ll leave it up to anyone reading to carry it on if they wish.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brip Blap

That’s a good one, Mike. I actually was planning on doing mine after a few other people did theirs, so I’ll put it in comments to that post soon.

I think you’ll actually find it fairly easy to cut out the carbs and lose some weight. Beer is a tough one. I had to more or less completely quit drinking beer myself (I do still drink some wine) because 12 ounces of beer immediately becomes 3.5 pounds of fat on me. And you’re right about exercise – with everything going on in life it’s tough to keep that commitment!

2 FourPillars

Thanks BB – I really hope I don’t have to quit beer altogether! That’s a scary thought!


3 guinness416

Good luck! You’ll have to do a daily weigh-in now, like Bridget Jones.

Switch to guinness. Much less calories than Canuck beers, and only 4 ingredients. It’s practically a health food. The carbs are tougher, if you figure out a way to break that addiction, let me know.

4 FourPillars

Guinness – I like the way you talk!

You are officially hired as my dietician


5 Mr. Cheap

I think daily weigh ins are actually a great idea (they were a big part of how I was able to lose 70 lbs).

Since brip brap tagged “Quest for Four Pillars”, I’m going to take it that we’re *both* supposed to declare, so my public declaratio is: “I’ll never again work a 9 to 5 job”. I’ve posted recently on the topic, but basically I think I’d be far happier in a non-traditional work environment (ideally where I’m my own boss or given a LARGE degree of autonomy).

6 FourPillars

Hmmm…maybe I’ll do Mr. Cheap’s declaration as well 🙂

I’m not sure I can do a daily weigh-in, weekly perhaps – maybe we need a “weight meter” on the sidebar – kind of like those debt reduction meters I’ve seen.

7 telly

What timing…

Being accountable is *HUGE* when it comes to meeting your goals. I weigh myself daily and even started keeping a log in Excel (with a trend line) to keep me honest. 😉

Recently, the trend line has started creeping up 🙁 so as of Sunday, my husband and I are having a weigh off! (Competition is also good). I have 7 lbs to lose while my husband has 10. Whoever reaches their goal (-2 lb a week max. to keep it healthy) is the champ and the loser has to take care of dinner for one full month (and keep it healthy so we can maintain the loss of course).

Gotta lose to win!

Good luck Mike…you can do it!

8 FourPillars

Telly – I keep a log of my weight in Excel too.

But I’ve never charted the data so I think that means you are even geekier than I 🙂

Good luck on the loss!


9 NurseB

Good for you Mike!!!!

A healthy weight puts you at an incredible advantage to decrease health problems later in life. Being committed to change should be commended!! Remember that you should never see yourself as dieting over the short-term, but making a healthy adjustment to a change in your lifestyle instead.

Keep us updated on your progress!!

10 FourPillars

Thanks Brad – you’re right, keeping it off is the key.


11 Mr. Cheap

Telly & Mike: Check out I was keeping track of my weight (with a trend line 😉 ) in Excel until I found this website that does it for me.

12 TheFinancialBlogger

Good luck FT ! I’ll be following your progress as I can of post the same type of goal on my blog today 😉

13 Four Pillars

Thanks FT.


14 pessimist

It’s not the pounds, it is the inches. Monitor those to stay motivated.


15 telly

P.S. I’m surprised the Leafs play of late hasn’t turned you onto the hard stuff! 🙂

16 FourPillars

Haha…good one Telly.

I was disappointed the Habs lost in the shootout last night – Leafs lost the exact same way this year against Atlanta – Kovalchuk is pretty good on the shootout.

17 telly

So I guess you don’t follow the same standard as me:

My two favourite teams:
1) the Habs
2) whoever is playing the Leafs

18 FourPillars

I think a lot of people have that same standard…

I would probably go along with that philosophy if the Habs were any good but that’s definitely not the case – if anything it’s “pity cheering” that’s taking place. 🙂

I’ve pretty much written the Laffs off for this year – I’ll still cheer for them but I really doubt they will make the playoffs.


19 SavingDiva

I had the same declaration….but you’re much more motivated to do it! I read your post twice…I will try to work on the diet and exercise parts…the beer is here to stay (I only have 1-2 a week).

I weigh about 135….I am comfortable at 125, but would love to be under 120 (I think that would require real determination)….wish me luck! 🙂

20 FourPillars

Good luck SD – I could definitely lose more than 10 lbs – more like 27 in fact. But I think 10 is a good goal.


21 Gates VP

Hey FP, I’ll just add the mandatory Hacker’s Diet plug (link included for the lazy).

Great overview for the nerd crowd, but basically comes down to
calories eaten
track weight daily using a trend line

And, oh yeah, best wishes, I’m sure that you’ll pull it off!

22 FourPillars

Thanks a lot Gates!

23 Mr. Cheap

Hacker’s diet is the book I used to lose weight too. I highly recommend it.

24 Kyle

Excellent goal. Like you, I have found that keeping the weight off is often harder than losing it. Best of luck!

25 FourPillars

Thanks Kyle.

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