Episode 4 – Why are we here?

by The Shrinking Man on January 9, 2011 · 8 comments

in Check In, Philosophy

Hello, again. We’re back to Philosophy this week. We’re taking a look at what motivates someone to lose weight, and how to keep that motivation going.

The Promo is from Rich Sigfreid’s podcast Requiem of the Outcast. Don’t listen to the promo while drinking! This is hilarious stuff!

Enjoy the show. See you next week!

Show notes included below.

Show Notes:

  • Welcome!
  • Philosophy
  • Off to the scales…
  • Promo – Requiem of the Outcast
  • Weigh in
  • Week in review
    • Tech problems continue. It has sucked away a lot of my time.
    • All exercises done!
    • Back into better eating habits. Also noticing some of the ways that my appetites are changing. I am finding that I am satisfied with less food for breakfast and dinner.
    • This weekend has been just packed. The only reason I have been able to get the podcast out as fast as I have is by doing a lot of pre-planning.
    • Lessons learned. Plan ahead. The structure will help you keep with your program. But leave enough flexibility that the structure supports you and doesn’t straightjacket you.
    • Moving forward. Settle into a schedule more. Plan ahead. Work ahead.
  • Feedback!
  • Sign off
    • Comments on the blog at http://theshrinkingmanproject.com
    • E-mail at Doc@theshrinkingmanproject.com
    • Voice mail at (240) 745-5022
    • If you have a podcast, send me your promos!
    • Leave a review on iTunes.
    • Tell your friends about the podcast.
    • Have a good week!
  • End credits

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Catherine Pietsch January 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Loved listening to your voice. Keep up the good work! (weight loss)


Doc Coleman January 13, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Will do!


BigJohn January 19, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Hi Doc. Hope this isn’t too personal of a question, but are you also keeping track of your girth? You mentioned your initial motivation has been to fit into chairs, but weight loss doesn’t tell that whole picture. I was wondering if you are keeping track of that aspect as well. Again, I apologize if that’s too personal; feel free to nuke the comment.


Doc Coleman January 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I am pretty sure I have talked about it in other places, although I’m not sure it was specifically mentioned on the podcast. I haven’t been specifically measuring girth, but I’ve been somewhat forced to keep track of my pants size.

When I started out, I was wearing Size 60 Relaxed Fit jeans. I still wear the relaxed fit jeans because I have large thighs and calves which has very little to do with fat and quite a lot to do with muscle. When the 60’s were falling off of me, I went into my closet and pulled out a bunch of size 54 jeans, plus a couple size 56 and one size 52. By the time I’d gone through all the size 54’s, I could fit into the 52. When the 56 got too baggy to wear, I went shopping and found that my current size was a size 50. At that point I realized that I couldn’t afford to replace the 54’s all at once. There were too many of them. So once a month I go shopping and buy one pair of jeans. This month’s shopping trip was on the 14th, last Friday, and I ended up getting a pair of 46’s.

So my girth is down seven pant sizes over 13 months. Or 14 inches, however you want to think of it.

I guess I could try to add it to the tracking chart, but I don’t know how well it will do with another line with fewer data points.



BigJohn January 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

That’s great. 14 pant sizes in the same time as all that weight. Inspiring, indeed!


Doc Coleman January 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I only think of it as 7 pant sizes. You almost never find odd waist sizes so they effectively don’t exist. I have to admit that I did feel justified when I pulled the old jeans out of the closet. I said I’d get back into them, and I did!

And it felt great when I got into the 48’s! That was a major milestone.



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