Time to lose some weight

Since I graduated high school my weight has fluctuated between 150 and 175 pounds. I’ve always been very conscious of weight and the adverse health repercussions, so when my weight gets up around 170 pounds I usually do my best to get back down again.

When I arrived in the Cayman Islands in the first part of 2009 I was at my highest weight ever, about 174 pounds. However, with my naturally active lifestyle in the Cayman Islands of playing tennis, swimming, snorkeling, diving, biking, and going to the gym the weight naturally started to come off. On top of this, I got into a major healthy eating kick. I read several books about nutrition and found myself trying to be almost exclusively vegan. With the combination of eating healthy and getting regular exercise I found my weight at a decade low of 150 pounds when I left the Cayman Islands in March of 2010.

The bad news is that after I left the Cayman Islands I found myself getting almost zero exercise. When I got to Las Vegas I no longer belonged to a tennis club, no longer belonged to a gym, and no longer owned a boat. I also found myself “cheating” on my healthy eating ways. It’s mostly because we were eating out a lot more. It’s a side effect of catching up with so many people I hadn’t seen since 2005. We also had a lot of visitors come in and out of Vegas during the WSOP; most of whom wanted to eat out (at not so healthy places).

Even though I still eat way healthier overall than I used to, I realized that I was starting to fall off the “wagon” when I found myself eating two pieces of fried chicken yesterday. I can’t think of too many things that are less healthy than fried chicken. I also found my weight at 160 pounds, a full 10 pounds heavier than I was when I left the Cayman Islands just nine months ago. That means that I’ve been gaining about 1 pound per month. It’s time to reverse that trend.

Starting tomorrow I’m going back to my strict healthy eating ways, which will be a modified vegan diet. Basically, I’m going to be eating 100% vegan with these few exceptions: I’m going to allow myself one 6 ounce portion of free range chicken breast, two 6 ounce portions of fresh wild caught fish, two free range eggs, and an unlimited amount of cage free egg whites each week. I’m also going to force myself to get some exercise. I’m at my house in California right now where the weather is great and I have little excuse not to be outside. There is a wonderful road behind our house, that leads to a great hiking trail, which I will take advantage of everyday (unless it’s raining). I’ll start by walking the mountain as fast as I can. Then, I’ll step up up to a run / walk and progressively try to improve my time.

I’m going to be in California until February 24th, when we leave for Costa Rica to go to a friends wedding. So, this gives me almost 7 full weeks of this uninterrupted routine. My goal is to lose between one half and 1 pound each week. I’ll be posting my progress each week, which will hopefully make me even more disciplined.

Wish me luck.


  1. Good luck Mike. There are lots of things worse for you than fried chicken though.

  2. How did you do with this? I have a similar diet now, most importantly I lay off of “whites” meaning white rice, refined flour pasta and refined sugars. I am also an “exertion” zealot, I train at a very high heart rate and most of my fat gets burned in my rest periods.

    I hope all is well.

    • Hey Paul. It’s going pretty well. I’m eating a BIG bowl of blueberries and blackberries as I type this.

      I dropped 2.5 pounds so far.


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