Monday, January 05, 2009

Two Men Enter, 1.5 Men Leave

(Incidentally, I use the Mad Max reference a lot, so here it is in case you were up at night trying to figure it out.)

Gene and I were inspired by Steve Jobs to contribute to the economy, er, lose weight. Here is our arrangement as I understand it (subject to correction from Gene):

* The weight-loss period runs from 1/5/09 through 5/31/09. If I'm going to be on national TV promoting my new book, I want to look dead sexy.

* Since I have a large advantage, I am handicapping myself. I will pay Gene $5 for every pound he loses, whereas he will pay me only $4 for every pound I lose.

* As of the wee hours this morning, I tipped the scales at 222 pounds of twisted steel and sex appeal. (I know, you're wondering where I put it all, but remember that muscle weighs more than fat.)

We will update readers periodically. Obviously we have to rely on the honor system for the weigh-ins.


  1. Anonymous6:47 PM

    How much does Gene way?

  2. Way too much, obviously!

    But my guess from their pricing is the Gene is trying to lose less muscle than Bob.

  3. BTW I couldn't help it. I clicked on the Wow gold and yes, it's World of Warcraft.

    I was tempted to buy it but I used all my spare cash in a foolproof bank transfer scheme involving 3 Nigerians.

  4. Michael1:27 AM

    Bob and Gene,

    Good luck! I've lost 37 lbs since the summer and most of that since December 15. Feels good, really good, so I wish you the best.

    By the way, a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same :-)

  5. Bob,

    Can you hum the Happy Birthday song? If so, I think you can beat Callahan. I'm sure he doesn't know about this. From today's WSJ (

    "I Can Make You Thin" by Paul McKenna. $22.95
    The pitch: "You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, as long as you fully enjoy every single mouthful."
    The program: Like many mindful eating plans, Mr. McKenna (the "Dr. Phil of the United Kingdom") suggests learning to rate your hunger on a scale of 1 to 10. Eat when you're between 3 and 4, stop when you get to 6 or 7. Eat only what you like and eliminate all distractions. A "powerful hypnosis CD" sinks the message into your subconscious.
    What's peculiar: To zap cravings, tap 10 times on various body parts and hum "Happy Birthday" until the urge disappears.

  6. Weigh back when, I used to way 160. Now it's about 200.

  7. I will cheer on both the right jolly one and He Who Looms.

  8. OK, I finally did my official weigh-in: 199.