A little article I wrote for the company newsletter

I know this may come as a shock to you, but there was a time when I was fat. If you’ve ever met me I know you’re probably thinking “Not YOU Micah?! Surely you must be joking?”. No dear reader I am not. Before the chiseled physique that writes this letter now, came a man that resembled a voluptuous pear rather than a Greek Statue. Hours of computer programming, video games, beer and chips had taken their toll on my body adding years and pounds. I knew I needed to change something when playing one-on-one basketball with a friend I never drove to the hoop. I was content sitting behind the 3-point line shooting shot after shot expending the least amount of energy as possible. I didn’t have love handles, I had love railings and they were there for all to grab onto, especially little children as they rode the escalator in the mall.

Like most people I set out to lose the weight and headed to the gym. I was successful in gaining a little bit of muscle, but the fat still clung to me like icing on a Cinnabon. Frustrated, I eventually lost momentum and let my gym membership expire along with my dreams of six pack abs and arms that would make grown men cry. The problem was that even though I was going to the gym consistently I was also consistently eating anything and everything that was placed in front of my face. If it started with a ‘C’ and ended in ‘ake’ I would have 3 slices. If there was cheese involved I would unhinge my jaw and shovel it all in. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why I wasn’t losing any weight, bad food was accidentally falling in my mouth and I was chewing it up. The main issue was that I wasn’t being honest with myself as to how much fattening food I was truly eating.

It wasn’t until a couple years later that I put it all together and figured out the final piece of the pizza pie. When you do workout, workout hard. Going to the gym and doing 2 sets of 10 on the bench press and then flapping your jaw for an hour with your mates isn’t going to cut it. You have to constantly push yourself, nearly everyday. The beauty is that it truly does become easier over time.

When I lost the weight I did it with a lot of help from the Internet. There is a vast amount of information and resources available for losing weight. Many of the services are free which is extremely nice. Everything from calorie counters, BMI Indexes and even free workout routines. It’s refreshing to use your computer for something other than games and spreadsheets (but those are fun too).

There are many sites like this one that help you with counting your caloric intake, this one is simple and easy to use: http://www.thecaloriecounter.com/

This site has a bunch of different tools you can use from figuring out your BMI to finding out how many calories were burned during exercise. No, flipping the channels and eating chips is not considered exercise:

This guy has a simple free 12-week workout program you can utilize. If anything, it will help give you fresh ideas: http://www.ironworkout.com/workout_programs/index.htm

The main way I lost most of the weight was through using bodyweight exercises. Basically you don’t use many machines or free weights, instead you use your body weight as the main resistance. It’s a great way to get around the excuses of ‘not having a gym membership’ or ‘no weights at home’…etc. You are usually connected to your body so there’s really no room for excuses. To help me in my endeavor I found this site: http://www.rosstraining.com and although the guy is an animal and his workouts are a bit ferocious for those just starting out, I found it worked for me. Halfway through his program the pounds started melting off of me like butter on a stack of pancakes.

If your goal is to lighten your load this year, the best thing you can do is stick with it and push yourself. Of course you should consult a doctor before you go and try to run a marathon, but once you’ve been given the green light remember it’s ok to go out and move your body. Try to break a sweat everyday by doing more than raising the pop can to your lips. Use the computer to track your progress and you’ll feel better when you can see how far you’ve come!

Happy New Year to everyone!


  1. mego said,

    January 6, 2009 @ 8:23 am

    Great, funny, and Inspiring. You wrote this for work? Cool! and I’m really impressed about not only how you lost weight, but that you’ve kept it off, and keep working out… you’re awesome, bro! now, i’m going to go eat my snack of twinkies and twizzlers, and think about you;).

  2. Anthony B. said,

    January 12, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

    Nice dude..
    I totally need to lose weight..
    You have seen my hugeness have you not?
    My goodness…
    Help ME PLEASE!!!

  3. admin said,

    January 12, 2009 @ 10:14 pm


    I’m going to stab you with a spoon.

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