The Accountability of Weight


There is a birthday coming around the corner, and it is high time something changes.

Number 46 comes on February 14 (yes, the one that is tomorrow) and I have been thinking about this for a while. The thing is about this birthday, as opposed to say some major landmark like 50 or 60, is that I feel like this one is scary. Not because I am getting older, but because there are things in my life that need to change and by putting it out there (as in, bringing it up on my blog and other places) I am going to have to do something about it. Accountability…I don’t fear it, but I do when it comes to this.

I am overweight and something needs to change.

I know. I have known it for a while. Now, I’m not grossly overweight – though the current standards on obesity certainly indicate that I am, in fact, grossly overweight. I don’t really feel it (all the time), but I know that my clothes just don’t fit well any longer and that the prospect of buying bigger ones that do fit, well, that isn’t all that appealing really. So, I am at a crossroads.

According to several websites, the ideal weight for my age & height ranges somewhere between 130-145. To me, that doesn’t sound reasonable because it is too low. The reason it doesn’t sound reasonable is because that is the weight (130) I was at when I graduated high school. At the end of high school I was a lean, mean wrestling and baseball machine and I don’t really have any intention of going back to being that lean. But, it does give me insight into what I think would be a much healthier me, maybe 15-20 heavier than the “ideal weight.” I mean, let’s be honest here, I am going to have to have some muscle! I don’t care if it is toned or sculpted or whatever they call it these days. I just want to feel better and have more energy. So…

I would like to lose 46 pounds in the next year. Yes, that’s right, I want to lose one pound for each year I have been alive and I want to do it in the next 365+/- days. That would mean this:

Currently I am 208 lbs – 46 lbs in 1 year = 162 lbs as a final weight.

Ok, ok, let’s just round that number to 165. There. That is my goal. I have one year to get it done.

Now, I don’t want this to turn into a blog about my journey to/thru weight loss, so I am body_deadline-2not going to write lots of regular updates here. I don’t think you want to be bored with that kind of info. But, what I do want is some accountability, so I am going to try to post an update on my progress about once a month (hopefully progress, and not lack thereof). Approximately every 30 days you should hear something from me about how it is going. Hold me to it! If you don’t see something 30 days from now, email me and remind me. Please. Pretty please. Thank you please.


I was talking with a friend last night and he has lost 95 pounds in about 14 months. Man, that was a motivator too! I can do this…I just gotta put my head to it and my nose to the grindstone…

If you see me with food that is bad for me, slap it out of my hand and punch me in the nose. Ok, that would be good accountability but I don’t think I really want that. Maybe.

Any advice as I go into this? I mean beyond the typical eat right and exercise. I know that part. Food tips? Exercise tips? Motivational tips? Music? Apps? What do you know and recommend? Comment below!


  1. Greetings! I loved the post, thank you for sharing.🙏 You find yourself in an amazingly beautiful and challenging journey! The best and most positive energy to you. Stay strong and don’t forget the purpose. I think it’s easier to keep going, particularly in those moments of weakness, laziness, life, plateau, all of which tend to discourage us; regardless of what we’re trying to accomplish. Music, to me, is very personal and particular. But as far as food tips, there’s an app I love to use, it helps me to stay in budget and manage my food. It’s called Mealime, it’s helped me so much!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your input, encouragement, and suggestions! I really appreciate your time. I will be checking out the app you suggested. The whole thing will be a challenge, but I know it will be worth it in the long run!

  2. I have been enjoying reading your posts. You have a great sense of humor. I especially love the posts about your weight because I’m on the same kind of challenge. At my highest, I was around 215ish – I’d have to look it up to be more specific – and was able to lose about 35 lbs through the support of a pre-diabetes class I took. This past winter I gained about 15 lbs. but have decided I am NOT going back to the 200+ and accompanying health problems. So I’ve started my journey once again to lose weight in a natural, do-this-for-the-rest-of-my-life kind of way. No gym, no special foods. Just being very selective in what I eat and how much I eat. And walking every day. I will be checking in on your blogs to see your progress. And as you lose weight, it might help keep me motivated to keep working at it as well. Thanks for being so open and honest!

    1. Thanks for stopping in, and especially thanks for the compliments! I appreciate the encouragement for the journey I have embarked on. I know it will be a challenge, but with accountability and encouragement I know it can happen. Wanna to this together? Let’s do it!

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