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Last week CBR’s main man Jonah Weiland challenged Entertainment Weekly editor/comics writer Marc Bernardin to a weight loss contest leading up to the San Diego Comic-Con. Dubbed the SDCC ’09 Fat Bastard Challenge, both competitors are attempting to lose 20 lbs. before the big con.
Their motivation is:
We’ll be checking in with them every week leading up to the final weigh-in, set to take place on the CBR Yacht at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday, July 23. Now let’s hear how they did this week:
So, after a week of Twitter smack-talking, toilet-papering each other’s houses, and general high school-grade antics, where do we stand in the Great Weight Battle of Our Time, the quest to lose at least 20 lbs before July 23rd, the Thursday of San Diego Comic-Con?
As of today, June 25th, I’m weighing in at 250 lbs, for a net weight loss of six pounds.
My diet plan is a simple one: Do more, eat less.
The “do more” part isn’t that hard: I’m walking to work most days, the 20-odd blocks from Penn Station on 32nd Street and 7th Avenue to EW’s bunker on 50th and 7th. I’m doing push-ups and sit-ups every night (the oldies are goodies for a reason: those two exercises will work almost every muscle group in the body, and it don’t cost nothing but time).
The “eat less” has required a rather massive lifestyle change. The accepted amount of calories your average male should be taking in per day is around 3,000, give or take. Your average fat male can take in almost double that — which is a cinch, given that a Bloomin’ Onion from Outback will add more than 2,300 calories by itself, and that’s just an bloomin’ appetizer. So I’ve taken that 3,000 calories and chopped it in half. And, thanks to a calorie counter I downloaded for my iPod from Livestrong.com, I’m keeping to about 1,600 calories per day. (I’m gonna vary it a bit, here and there, just so my body doesn’t go into starvation mode — thinking, say, I’m stuck in the Sahara and need every last erg of fat to survive the crossing.)
That’s how I plan to go from The Blob to Power Man. I’m not sure what that Weiland punk is doing, besides whining that his arms hurt from working out.
It’s been a week since we’ve begun this Fat Bastard Challenge and all goes pretty damn well. The quest to lose 20 pounds by Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego continues.
After the first week of this little competition I now weigh in at 231.5 pounds, a loss of 3 pounds since the initial weigh in. Yeah, Bernardin won this first week, but I’m not starving myself with horrid salads, bland food and rice cakes! Nuh uh!
I’m tackling this challenge primarily through exercise and small changes in diet. Truth be told, I need to change my diet a bit more to really succeed at this thing. For the most part I’ve been eating my standard bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins in the morning, a healthy lunch low on carbs, then whatever I want for dinner. Sadly, the whatever I want for dinner every night probably needs to go. As do the sweets – I have an incredible sweet tooth. I think only the LA Lakers Lamar Odom has a worse sweet tooth than I. There’s no doubt it slowed me down a bit this first week – hey, I just can’t resist a box of licorice!
When this little endeavor began, I knew I could hop on the bicycle and start riding for an hour every day. But I also knew I would need some help. I’d need motivation. I’d need a secret weapon.
That’s me with my personal trainer Michael Blanks, trainer to the stars! I’ve seen him three times since we started this little challenge, heading over for early morning work outs at his Body Theory studio in North Hollywood. Now, I hate gyms. Especially in LA, but Body Theory isn’t a gym and it’s not your typical work out place. They don’t care if you’re rich, you’re poor or famous or not, they have one goal – to get you sweating! It’s a very warm and inviting atmosphere and if any of you live in the area and are looking to get your butt in shape, Body Theory is the place.
Michael’s been focusing on low weight, high repetition work outs with me to really get me burning calories during and after the work outs and I’ll augment that with bike rides. This past week I wasn’t able to hit the bike more than once, but the plan moving forward is to see Michael three times a week and to ride the bike for an hour three times a week. Michael would like to see me take one of their Fit classes to augment the personal training. I think I’ll definitely do that. Will that get me to the 20 lbs I need to loose? Will the muscle gain hurt my weight loss goals? I guess we’ll find out at the final weigh in, when Marc will cry and I will do a little happy dance and await my $50 meal!
Oh, and by the way, Marc, enjoy your salads.