Lose 30 Pounds: my foray into fatblogging

I’m starving.  And this is fatblogging.  Perhaps this will be Jason’s Calacanis greatest legacy.

It’s day 3 of my latest significant push to lose weight.  I’m not in new territory.

This already has been a 15 year struggle. My first big push was at 27, when after 3 years of drinking and eating in japan, I weighed in at a puffy 196.  One of my parents friends told me I was gaining too much weight, and that triggered action.  Ieliminated dessert and “seconds” and returned to my great athletic passion — Ultimate Frisbee.  I  dropped 29 pounds.  Then I met Nina who still jogged me into the ground on our first date.  Luckily she agreed to marry me a few years later.

5 years later, after the go-go 90s, a period in which I’d bought, sold and closed my first companies, I crossed the 200 pound threshold. I rationalized it this way:

“I just had my first kid and laying off 150 people was very stressful.”

Unfortunately when I read Fucked Company descriptions of me  that included “chubby, flabby, and fat” I knew that my rationalizations were irrational.   I rallied, tried a no-carb approach, played some basketball, a ate a lot less and lost  15 pounds to get to a new low of 186. Acceptable but not thin.

3 years later I stepped on the scale at my first physical in years and was back to the painfully familiar 196. After my physician took a detailed history, he pronounced me very healthy. “However,” he said, you should lose 20 pounds.”

Daunting. So much so that I’m 2 years overdue for my next physical. After I saw my doctor, some good and bad things happened to me.  Through it all I ate. You know my type. I’m from the family species that plans dinner during lunch. I learned to eat when I was happy, sad, excited, angry,  even and especially bored.

Anyway, cut to November 4th 2008 — an historic and fantastic day. I weighed in at 207.

So now begins the next push. And why not? My kids tell me I’m fat, the shake shack line continues to grow, and Michael Pollan has elevated food to a national security issue.

I have always admired the fatbloggers. I have struggled for years to write this post. I’d love to write that this feels cathartic, but let’s reserve that label for the magic number – 177.

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2 Responses

  1. Damn, I need to start fatblogging too.

  2. […] early 2007 Jason Calacanis coined the term fatblogging, and as Aaron said in a recent post, this could be Calacanis’ greatest legacy.  At the time, […]

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