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The Battle of Turkey Hill

Monday, November 29th, 2010

You’ve heard the phrase “Nobody’s perfect”, right?

Just call me nobody.

Last Monday, for the start of the Holiday Assault Challenge, I weighed 182. This morning, I’m up two pounds to 184.

Obviously I’m not thrilled about this, but I know it could be a lot worse. I feel like I did okay over the Thanksgiving holiday. My husband and I were in Buffalo visiting my family, and if you know anything about Buffalo, you know you have to eat a lot in order to stay warm.

hahah I kid.

Seriously, though: Was I perfect? No. Was I awful? No. I ate more calories than an average Thursday, but that’s not at all surprising. In fact, I think that’s the idea behind Thanksgiving. Why else would you cook for 10 hours?

And yes, I want to live a healthy lifestyle. But I think that if I completely deprived myself on Thanksgiving, I wouldn’t be living the life I wanted. Again, I didn’t go crazy, but did I eat a piece of pie? Hell yeah. Did I also eat a piece of pie on Friday? Nope!

That’s the thing about special occasions: They’re just one day. So enjoy it (without overindulging) and then get back on track as quickly as possible.

This is me, getting back on track. Mark my words that next week, my weight will be lower, not higher.

Cadets: Today is your first Weekly Rally Point. Send me your weight by midnight tonight! And don’t fret if it’s higher than last week – just do better. (

Set a Goal!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Good Morning, Recruits!

Special Commendations to those of you who sent me their starting weights yesterday! I’m pleasantly surprised by the turnout – especially since I convinced myself I lost most of my readers during my blogging hiatus.

If there are any others out there who neglected to send in their starting weights yesterday but who want to join in, you still can! Email me at

Next Objective: Set your goals! I mentioned a few possible goals for this challenge – Lose a particular amount of weight, prevent a weight gain, etc. Since this isn’t a contest, we don’t all have to have the same goals, so everyone should set their own, personal goal. For instance, my goal is to lose 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That’s a little less than a pound a week; I’m cutting myself a little slack over the holidays, but I want to start moving in the right direction again.

Think about what, come January, would make you feel great and ready to continue on, and then email me what your personal objective is (for those of you who didn’t include your goal in your first email).

That’s all I have for now. Keep up the good work, troops!

This is Captain Werner, signing off.

Holiday Assault Challenge: Start

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Today is the official start of the Holiday Assault Challenge! If you want to get motivated and be held accountable to someone (me!) regarding your eating and exercise habits over the next 6 weeks, join in! Just email me your starting weight at A number of you have already sent me your current weight, but there are a few others out there who said they wanted to participate that I haven’t heard from today… you know who you are :)

Again, this is not a contest. It’s a personal challenge, from me to you, to be aware of what you’re putting in your mouth and how much exercise you’re getting in during the holiday season. For most people, eating right and exercising is even more difficult than usual during the holidays, what with all the parties and the shopping and the decking of halls.

Most Americans gain weight over the next 6 weeks – many as much as 7-12 pounds! – but you don’t have to be one of them. Take the Holiday Assault Challenge and be confident that when you start out 2011, you won’t have to “undo” the damage you caused over the last 2 months.

As I stated in my introduction to this challenge, your weight will not be shared with anyone else. However, I’m asking you all to share your weights with me, I think it’s only fair that I share mine with you. You might recall (or notice under that photo of me in the corner…) that I was down to 170 pounds earlier this year.

Well, my current weight is 182.

What can I say? Shit happens, folks.

I could be upset or embarrassed about where I am. Ok, full disclosure – I’m a little of both. But more than that, I’m determined to lose those 12 pounds that I regained. There’s no use beating myself up about past mistakes; you can’t unscramble an egg. I know that if I wallow over how much I’ve eaten and how little I’ve exercised, then I won’t be putting my energy into rectifying those bad habits. In fact, if I don’t face where I am today and get back on the right track, I know that in another 2 months I could be up another 12 pounds.

And I won’t let that happen.

So there it is. If you’re embarrassed about sharing your weight with me, stop being silly! I’m just one person (as opposed to the entire internets) and I’ve been a lot of different weights over the years, from as low as 170 to as high as 262.

And every pound in between. Many of them three or four times!

Holiday Assault Challenge

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Welcome Cadets!

I’ve heard from a growing number of civilians with complaints about how out of shape they are and that they can’t seem to stop their bad habits. I’m here to tell you that with the holidays rapidly approaching it will only get worse.

Unless you do something to prevent that from happening.

Here is your briefing for your upcoming 6-week mission, should you choose to accept it:

We will be embarking on a challenge to take on the enemies of the holiday season and prevent an encroachment upon our waistlines. In fact, I challenge you cadets to not just defend the current borders, but to take the fight to the enemy and spurn fruitcake, candied yams, and eggnog for a triumphant 6-week weight loss! (Spurn extra helpings of mashed potatoes and pie, too!)

I’ve found that holding myself accountable to others helps tremendously in staying the course. It’s particularly crucial during this time of the year. With that being said, there is no certain amount of weight that you ‘need’ to lose. This is not a contest. This is an individual challenge from me to each of you. I urge you to set a goal for yourself! Maybe your goal is to not gain a single pound over the holidays. Maybe you want to take it a step further and lose 5-10 pounds. It’s completely up to you.

I encourage you all to join in and be held accountable for what you eat and the amount of exercise you get in. Start 2011 feeling great instead 7-12 pounds heavier than you are now… like many Americans will.

Here are the vitals of this mission. Make yourselves familiar with them and prepare yourselves for the jump time and proceeding rally points. Good luck cadets! I know you will be all that you can be in the 6-Week Holiday Assault Challenge.

  • Jump Time (initial weigh-in): Monday, November 22 (email to by midnight)
  • Weekly Rally Points (weigh-ins): Weigh in on Mondays (email to me by midnight)
  • Tour Length: Six weeks. Final weigh-in January 3rd, 2011
  • Critical Hostile Targets: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s
  • WMWG’s (Weapons of Mass Weight Gain): social gatherings, cakes, cookies, PIES, alcohol, family dinners, munching all day long, no exercise, etc
  • Objectives: Good Eating Habits and an Increase in Activity

Your weight will not be shared with anyone. If you are interested in joining in the 6-Week Holiday Assault Challenge I will do what I can to help you fight the traditional holiday bulge we all fear.

Combat boots not required.

Captain Werner

PS – I swear the theme of this challenge was not inspired by my recent foray into Boot Camp :)