Friday, August 16, 2013

Going Through Another Husky Phase

When I was a kid I passed through a time in my life when I couldn't buy the cool clothes that other kids had. My mom had to take me to a special department store that specialized in "HUSKY" sizes. There is a phrase that is embedded in my very being and one that has embarrassed me to no end. I remember hiding between racks when the salesperson asked if she could help us and my mom whispering "Where are the husky sizes?" Only to have the salesperson yell "HEY AL, WHERE DO WE KEEP THE HUSKY SIZES...YOU KNOW, THE BIG BOY STUFF?"

I was always on the taller side, tall and skinny as a kid who was pretty active. As a brother of three other guys who are all over six feet tall, I stand the tallest at 6'7". My metabolism has crashed and burned after college and the things I used to be able to get away with just don't fly anymore. At 6'7" and 245 it might seem that I should be playing in the NFL or the NBA. Sadly most of that bulk is in all the wrong places.

If I had a time machine I would go back to pre-baby self and tell Past Chris this important message "Sympathy eating is not a thing." I, like other guys who have had kids packed on the pounds when our kids were born. I was more than willing to pick up a late night Steak N' Shake chocolate shake if it meant there was one for me in the deal and I justified getting it because I would do anything for my wife pregnant or otherwise.

I knew I was in trouble when I slowly saw my waist size pass my inseam and never thought that the comfort stretch pants that I bought as a "just in case" wardrobe addition would be stretched to its limits.

A fellow Dad Blogger of mine, Brent from Designer Daddy set up this great competition called Chuck the Chunk which leads up to the Dad 2.0 Summit. What is Dad 2.0? The Dad 2.0 Summit is an open conversation about the commercial power of dads online, as well as an opportunity to learn the tools and tactics used by influential bloggers to create high-quality content, build personal brands, and develop business ideas. I've never been to one but I am slowly making my way there someday hopefully. So me, and some other health minded bloggers are trying to shed the pounds and get healthier for ourselves and our families.

Regardless of getting to Dad 2.0 though, I need to get back to my pre-baby weight of 220, what I weighed when we went on our honeymoon. After seeing a picture of me with my shirt off I love my wife even more. Below are pictures of me pre-baby. As you see, I have not only gained weight but lost lots of hair.

At the beginning of the summer, once my back was healthy again, I weighed 245 pounds. This summer, I had dedicated at least four days a week in the gym, playing tennis on one day, and softball on Sundays. Two weeks ago I got down to 235 and then we went on vacation and I came back weighing 242. Crap.

The competition runs from August 1, 2013 – January 1, 2014 with my final after shot being January 3rd, 2014. Wish me luck. Any words of encouragement would help. I'll keep you updated on my progress.


  1. This sounds like advice, but it's meant to be encouragement: barefoot running is awesome. I'm 6'3 and got back under 200lbs by running 3+ miles on an irregular basis. If you haven't read "born to run" it's a good one.
    Keep it up, Chris. Put those stretchy pants away.

    1. Here's the thing. I HATE running. Get me on a basketball court and I see the purpose behind it but just running somewhere and then running back doesn't interest me. I don't even like to run on the treadmill because I get motion sickness. I am wondering if it is even possible to shed this weight without running.