Sunday, October 10, 2010

Worst. Weigh-in. Ever.

Weekly weigh-in: 217.0
Loss: +6.4
Total loss: -75
Emotion: &*^%$#@

Sometimes I come out here to sing and dance for you, and sometimes I come out here to sermonize and speechify.

There are times when I come to inform, and times when my goal is to entertain, but I pretty much always manage to keep my eyes on the prize.

This week?


I was out of town, apparently at a “partying” convention, and wasn’t surprised in the least to see I was up a ten-spot when I got back home. I kept a close eye on the scale and figured I had clawed my way at least halfway back.

But then I ended the week poorly, and so now I’m throwing up a stink-bomb of a weigh-in this week. What’s especially disheartening is that I went through my old weigh-ins and saw that I’m basically exactly where I was twelve months ago.

Twelve months of hurry-up-and-go-nowhere.

Twelve months of stepping forward; a year of moving back.

I’m not going to sit here and talk myself up into a frenzy today, proclaiming that I’m going to do this or that or the other thing.

It’s time to prove that weigh-ins speak louder than words.



  1. It sounds so much worse in pounds. In my world, you gained 2.9kg. Doesn't that sound better?
    In my experience, weight gained quickly can come off quickly. I gained 2.6kg 3 weeks ago and have now lost it again. Took lots of effort, but a gain can make you very determined and bloody-minded! I figure we're always going to be faced with gains like this at one time or another. How we learn to deal with them is the important part. So get out there, kick the wall/pole/tree or whatever, and use that pis*ed off attitude to your advantage.

  2. Hey Jack - we all mess around some weeks and then the scale reflects it. You know what I do when that happens? I stop the messing around, and I go back to what works. And the weight comes off. Imagine that.

  3. Oh Jack - we can all relate. Seems like so many of your rock stars are struggling with this frickin' weight thing. I can tell you that yours truly is also struggling and tired of not finding my mojo again and getting back on track.

    I totally appreciate your honesty. Everyone's honesty. This battle is never over for most of us - rather a day to day journey. I have the utmost faith in you, and look forward to your tap dancing for us again very soon!

  4. You know, Jack...This is what we love about you. This weight loss stuff isn't always easy. And you admit that. That makes you real to us. It makes you someone we can relate to.

    The truth is, however, that you have still lost 75 FREAKIN POUNDS! And that, my friend, is an accomplishment worth being proud of. Now enough of this nicey, nicey pep talk sh*t. Get your butt off the computer and get cracking. You know what to do.


  5. Have a great week, you can do it!

  6. I've been running in circles for a year too. It sucks. But like you were saying "suck it up and do the work." Onward and downward, there are no other options.

  7. I'm sure you will get back to where you were rather quickly.....

  8. I hate these weeks. All we can do is pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and try again.

  9. A song comes to mind when I read a post like this...

    "Lean on me, when you're not strong
    And I'll be your friend
    I'll help you carry on
    For it won't be long
    "Till I'm gonna need
    Somebody to lean on"

    Here's to a great week Jack. I know you can kill that scale when you want to. You have proved it to us all. :)

  10. Hey, Jack. What about arranging "no conventions" until the end of the year? Then hit the gym.

  11. Hang in there. You have the heart and motivation that keeps you at it even a year later. I would like to say I've been there, but I haven't stuck with anything for that long and it's inspiring to me.

  12. NO no no, you are looking at it all should be celebrating your success in mostly maintaining over the last 12 months -- instead of going back to your 270 pound self.

    Jack, you probably do not want to hear it, but your natural "normal" weight is likely somewhere around where you are now -- give or take 10 lbs, which is no big deal. You know I always tell you not to try for skinny. You look good where you are! Women like a man with a little meat on his body. A male acquaintance recently lost a bunch of weight and thinks he looks great -- and ALL the women agree he looks horrible. Too skinny is unsexy. And it makes the 40-somethings among us look older.

    You look great, you have done great. Celebrate!

  13. Jack, you, more than anyone else I have ever not met, can get back on track.

    Go through the posts you've written that make YOU feel inspired to get to the gym and sweat it out old school style.

    then go do it.


  14. You can reverse it this week. I have faith in you :)

    How about making yourself a new WIDTH card?

  15. You can do it Jack! And in no time at that! Best wishes,

  16. Now go show that scale who's boss this week..and the next...and the next

  17. Jack - that darned scale!

    You have done so well, but, I find this whole weight-gain stuff SO depressing, only because being human I know I enjoy food and know I can eat and drink the wrong things sometimes. Is being thin worth a lifetime of going without and worrying what the scale tells us each week?

    Yes, working to get to a sensible weight IS the proper thing to do...but the fact that the odd glass of wine or food indulgence affects my weight isn't a cheery thought to carry around with me. Eat drink and be merry or become forever (yes, forever!) watchful. That's a big task, isn't it? I wasn't cut out to be forever virtuous. Just pondering.

    You'll rein yourself in, I am sure you will. You've done so well - you know the theory. Sounds like you have to work at getting the balance right again. I am still working at it.

  18. You can..and will..reverse it. Movin onward!

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  20. Focus on the long term Jack. It's tough gaining and losing the same weight over and over again. It takes baby steps to get your head back in the game.

    Out of town stuff can kill your diet. Nuff said. Just do your best to stay on the straight and narrow when your home and don't go overboard when away.

    It is a life-long battle, I don't have to tell you that. You are an inspiration no matter have given all of us moments of clarity, many moments of laughter, and even some tears.

    Don't wait until Monday....start back today.

  21. welcome to jackbodia, day one year zero.
    Big hugs, looking forward to tomorrow as well.

  22. Totally what Gen said. You've lost AND MAINTAINED a phenomenal amount of weight already. THAT is reason to celebrate. Who cares how long it took or that you've seen lower numbers in the meantime? Whoopseedoo. Your accomplishments AND YOU are worth so much more.

  23. Keep on with it friend - you can do this. I don't need to tell u that cuz u already know u r a rockstar.

  24. Jack, this is a minor set back and maybe a little jolt that we all need every now and then. I'm sure a good portion of this will come off quickly and the rest will need that extra effort...

  25. You're a good guy, Jack. You're capable of having the life, and the body, you want.

  26. Mama said there'd be days like this! Lol....move forward the best part about a gain is it can be undone!

  27. You're capable of this getting-healthy thing. And you know... we don't come here just for the humor. We come to support you.

    Wallow for a second ... hell, take a minute or two, and then kick yourself in the butt and take a walk.

    Vee at

  28. Jack... stop screwing around with the food! Go and lose those extra pounds!

  29. Wow, what a fascinating bunch of comments. Everything from dot dot dot dot dot... to we believe in you/you can do it... to stop screwing around!!

    I hope you are encouraged by how much so many people care about how you are doing... that they don't JUST come to be entertained.

    Guess I'll join the pom-pom crowd, and just say I know you'll persevere and git 'er done.


  30. oooh SNAP.
    is this almost?kinda? PRACTICALLY? a **serious* JackSh*t post?? :)

  31. I'm sure everyone of us here can relate, Jack. Actually, I hate one of those worst. weigh-ins. ever. today too, but I'm back on the horse (or wagon ... or whatever that analogy is nowadays). Hang in there!

  32. I'm in the same boat. I am only 4 lbs less than I was this time last year. Disheartening, but on the other hand, at least I haven't gained everything back...and neither have you! It's not too late for any of us, right?

  33. I'm in the same boat with my weight. About 10 lbs up from my lowest and I haven't been able to get my act together.

    However, in that time I've run two half marathons, two triathlons, a bunch of other races, and overcome a lot of other insecurities/fears. And I'm sure you've done a lot in the last year that you can be proud of too.

  34. May 12, 2009, you wrote a blog about tough love for bloggers who fall off the wagon. Well, you've fallen off the wagon, and you're getting a lot of positive support from your fans, but I don't see much tough love. So here goes.

    Jack, I'm just sitting here at my desk shaking my head in disbelief. You of all people know what it takes to lose the weight, and how easy it is to fall back into bad habits. Dude, I'm channeling my inner Oprah here, but you better check yourself before you wreck yourself.

    As you mentioned, you've essentially lost a year of hard work. A *year* - that seems more like a "Holy Sh*t!" than a "whoops". Sure, you have reasons for the slip-ups, but dude . . . don't we all??

    Here's the good news: you're being honest here about what you're doing. If you're serious about this, I mean really, really serious, you've got to find a way to get these conventions and traveling weeks under control. Lock your keys up, hide your wallet, something.

    You've got a 5K coming up in November, which is the perfect excuse to get your sh*t back in gear. Get it together. Get back to the basics that got you to . . . well, not where you are today so much as where you were a year ago, when your weigh-ins were still heading in the right direction.

    I don't know you and you don't know me; all I can tell you is that I have nothing but the highest hopes that you achieve every goal you've set for yourself.

    I'm rooting for you, Jack. I really am.



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