Humiliation Update: Stop Whining!

For those of you just tuning in, my New Year’s Resolution was to get in better physical health, with part of that challenge being that I’d post photos of myself in my underwear online, for the entire world to see, to help chart my progress and give added pressure for me to succeed.

To those who have asked, the depicted underwear is used only for these updates, and chosen specifically for its form-hugging attributes and lovely blue sash. To those who have questioned my sanity, you have every right to question. And to those of you who have offered marriage proposals, please speak with my honey, Russ.

Shortly after posting the before photos on January 1, I stepped on our scale, only to find that it was broken. The new scale placed me at 191.2, several pounds heavier than the prior posting of 187. Thus, I had a larger mountain to climb, and my journey kicked into high gear.

Here is the skinny on my progress:

  • Illness early in the month led to a loss of momentum, which I’ve since regained.
  • Eating very healthy has been relatively easy, save for some dark chocolate covered Acai with blueberries. (But aren’t they a super-food?)
  • My workouts have been terrific, challenging and pushing myself, varying my routines.
  • I’ve increased my cardio and I can feel a real difference on the treadmill.  Can go longer with less effort.
  • I can feel substantial tightening and growth of my muscles, particularly chest, shoulders, arms and gut.
February 1, 2012, 189.2 lbs.

I haven’t seen much change in my weight yet, which is likely due to the one element I said I’d change, but didn’t:  reduced wine consumption.  I have a sweet tooth, which Chardonnay fills, and it has thus far been difficult to curtail — especially at the end of a long day when the kids have been driving me crazy.  The idea of “reducing” has been hard, and so instead I’ve decided to eliminate it for February, only allowing myself wine on Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day.  Hopefully, this will help jump-start weight loss.

Right after posting my resolution in January, I read about a study claiming that those who publicly announce their resolutions actually have less chance of succeeding than those that keep their intent to themselves.  While I can’t speak for others, I call B.S. on that one.  For me, doing this publicly helps me stay on track and focused, giving me monthly dates for progress, and I find myself counting down the days I have to further improve, before the next photo is posted.

Whatever your New Year’s Resolutions are or were, just remember — It is never too late to create change in your life.  Do it today, and check in with me next month.  Remember, I’m sitting here in my underwear, rooting for you!

8 Responses

  1. Pingback: » Humiliation Update: March Madness Kergan Edwards-Stout

  2. Hello Kergan,
    Very brave post! I admire your photo commitment. Tried something similar last year–took a photo of myself every day, in the same location/pose, for the whole of the 2011, thinking it would help me stay on track with my running regimen. It did. On the downside, it also documented the continuing cycle of wrinkledom and hair thinning. LOL. Oh well. At least I’m still chugging the roads. Still swilling the chardonnay, too! Best of luck to you in your current effort. — Jack
    PS: It doesn’t look to me like you’ve much work to do!

    February 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    • Thanks, Jack! So far, the photo element has been essential in helping keep me on track. If it tracks other changes as well, so be it! :)

      February 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

  3. It doesn’t count unless you post a much larger photo –super close-up and enlarged to show every detail magnified.

    Need to see your pores!

    xxoo

    February 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  4. Stephen Chappell

    You SOO need to cut out all that wine. I can guarantee you that if you just limit yourself to one to two glasses once a week (not once a day), you’ll start to see a big difference. Curtail (not eliminate) the carbs, add more veggies and fruit and lots of protein, then exercise. I know you can do that – I’ve seen proof.

    And let yourself cheat once a week. It’s not cheating, or a reward, it’s just being human. :)

    February 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    • Thanks, Steve! I cut back just a few days ago and can already see a difference. Just gotta keep it up! I appreciate the note!

      February 2, 2012 at 7:42 am

  5. Just keep going! I’m happy with each small change I see on the scales. Don’t give in or UP!

    February 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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