I Used to Skinny Dip; Now I Chunky Dunk

Real Estate Agent with Scott Owens Limited

As I sit here contemplatng life on my 39th birthday, I have come to a few conclusions:  1) Grey hair is inevitable, 2) wrinkles are earned, 3) maybe, just maybe, the kids ARE smarter than me and 4) for the first time in my life, I have a protruding belly ('Stomach fat' is an ugly set of words).  I blame my metabolism.  Yeah, that's it...metabolism. 

Who am I kidding?  I used to work out every day, watched what I ate and rode my bicycle whenever I went somewhere within a 5 km radius of my home.  In the last 2 years, I have reduced my exercise routine to the point where walking to the garage so that I can drive the 300 feet to the corner store for soda and potoato chips seems like a chore, so I have only myself to blame for my exponential growth.  I mean, a person can only treat their body like an amusement park for so long before their feet start shrinking. 

So what happened?  I used the excuse that working long hours limited my ability to do a "regular" exercise routine; I told myself that the odd hours that I work limited my ability to eat properly.  Then I bought a new wardrobe after the washing machine gradually shrunk my pants. 

At my peak of 210 Lbs, I was still lying to myself that I did not have time to work out, and that my schedule was responsible for my eating portions big enough for Goliath.  However, I DID realize that it was time to start looking for calorie-burning "activities" which could be easily fit into the lifestyle of a REALTOR.  I found that banging my head against the wall for one hour will burn 150 calories, a half hour of lawn mowing will burn 100 calories, thirty minutes of raking (grass or leaves) will also burn 100 calories, and a half hour hike will also burn 100 calories. 

But my other problem with losing weight is food: I like to eat...especially pizza.  One slice of pizza is approximately 300 calories...but I find it hard to stop at just one or two slices.  I usually have three, which means that, in order to burn those pizza calories off before they have a chance to make themselves at home, I would have to mow and rake the lawn twice, go for a two hour hike, and bang my head against the wall for 40 minutes.  The truth is that stopping at 3 slices is hard for me; I could eat so much pizza that, in order to burn the calories, I would have to mow the entire province of Nova Scotia, rake all of the leaves from Sherwood Forest, hike from Halifax to Toronto, and bang my head against the wall until I couldn't remember my own name!  But I DO stop at 3, mainly because I figure that limiting my food intake might be easier than putting myself through the abuse of exercising.  Well, I might have said that about a month ago...

The fact of the matter is that I started exercising sporadically about a month ago, cut many fatty foods out of my diet, stopped eating food after 8 pm and drink water like it is a new religion.  While I admit that my exercising has been not been as regular as I would like, some exercise is better than no exercise.  However, the results of the combination of my efforts have been amazing: I am down two inches in my waistline and have dropped 12 pounds of weight.  I have not drastically changed my routine, and yet I have seen positive results; I can't help but wonder: if I did this well with minimal effort, what would happen if I really tried?  I have decided to find out, and will be putting more effort into my health, regardless of my schedule

I hope that this blog does not come across as a platform to brag about my "accomplishments".  I mean it to be more of a public declaration that I will work harder towards my goal of a healthier lifestyle, so that I will not give up on myself and my goals.  I also hope that my article will motivate at least one reader to make a lifestyle change that they have been contemplating; I know there are some out there who do feel the same way that I do.  Studies have shown that up to 80% of men are not satisfied with their body, and the stats are even higher for women.  We have the power to change; all we need is the will to try.

Thank you for reading!         

Comments (64)

Jessica Bigger
Bigger Communications - Reston, VA
Freelance Real Estate Business Writer

Scott - How's the will power going?  So far I've exercised every day this week.  I just get up in the morning and literally go straight to the gym before I even have a chance to come up with some great excuse not to go. 

Nov 12, 2008 05:36 PM
Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ


I have recently hurt my knee and now it is hard for me to jiggle in the morning hell its hard for me to walk. So for about 10 days I haven't gotten out to walk and I can feel the weight creep up on me, yuk! Spoke to my Doctor yesterday and he advises that anyone starting an excises routine like jogging to do so on grass or on a rubberized track, easier on the joints. I wish he told me that before I started to jogg! Wow Scott I just read your message that you are almost down to 190 that's great. Keep up the excellent work.

Nov 13, 2008 07:11 AM
Cecily Parks
iMove Group, Knipe Realty NW, Inc. - Salem, OR

Scott: I keep checking back here to see those pictures....where the heck are they???

Nov 13, 2008 10:52 AM
Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale


Thank you for sharing your story.  I enjoyed reading about your accomplishments & encourage you to keep up the good work!

Nov 15, 2008 01:40 PM
Jennifer Monroe
Compass - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker/Designer

This is inspiring and I know you can achieve this goal if you really want to. I have a favorite activity that keeps my body in check: it's called 'naked eating'. Sit down with your meal and eat it infront of a full length mirror completely naked. It may change what and how much you eat just seeing the results of past choices. It's a great excuse to be naked anyway :))

Congrats on your Rainbow Award!!

Dec 04, 2008 10:42 AM
Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

Jennifer, I can see why you have such a strong following!

"Naked Eating"...  what a concept!  I think you have something here.

Delightful and fresh as usual...

There is only ONE Jennifer Bukaty!



Dec 04, 2008 11:39 AM
Cecily Parks
iMove Group, Knipe Realty NW, Inc. - Salem, OR

Hey Scott: Jennifer called...dinner's at her house Friday night! Yippee!!

Dec 04, 2008 12:54 PM
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

What a great post and very timely during the overeating holiday season. I hope you make your weight goals whatever they may be. Oh yeah, try to remeber one of the best movie lines ever from The Devil Wears Prada,

"I'm just one stomach flu away from my ideal weight!"

Dec 04, 2008 02:49 PM
Alexsandra Stewart
Remax equity group - Portland, OR
Broker - Portland Oregon Real Estate

The title alone had me LOL! Wish I had a pill that would reduce the metabolism change that happens at age 40 or so!  A few months ago I cut out everything white -- no rice, potatoes, wheat, white chocolate, bread, vanilla pudding and white wine! Boring! -- but effective! However I am now eating everything red -- red wine, red beans, red devils food cake, red licorice -- hmmmm wonder what the results will be!  Thanks for the fun post!

Dec 04, 2008 04:13 PM
Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ


What a fantastic idea! Naked eating, I think if I did that I would be puking all the time and that's not healthy. I think I'll try baby steps, maybe see if I can fit into a full length mirror while eating.

Dec 06, 2008 11:38 PM
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Great inspiration and a reminder that it is often the "little" things that we do that make all the difference in the long run!

Dec 07, 2008 01:09 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

LOL - "Chunk Dunk" that is hillarious:-)

Dec 12, 2008 02:15 PM
Adam Kruse
The Hermann London Group - Saint Louis, MO

Maybe if i could rig a laptop onto my treadmill I would be good to go

Dec 13, 2008 03:21 PM
Deborah Fisher
Fisher & Company, P.A., Marketing & Creative Strategists - Fort Worth, TX

Scott, your title is priceless.  Amazing how easily the weight goes on but is so hard to take off.  There must be some law of physics that we are fighting against.  I'll have to think on it and get back to you.  Right now I'm a little winded from bouncing back and forth between tv channels. 

Jan 02, 2009 02:05 PM
Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake
I quit the club. I used to work out like a maniac at the "Club" but I've found that I no longer need it. Since moving to Sandpoint, Idaho 3 years ago, the Snow Gods are taking care of me. So far this winter, we have received 150+ inches of snow. I shovel twice a day (sometimes more) and I collapse into bed every night (plus I do squeeze work and skiing in there, also). It is pretty hard to get too many calories in this climate.

Thanks for your story and stay healthy!

Jan 07, 2009 04:10 PM
Scott Owens
Scott Owens Limited - Halifax, NS

Sorry everyone for not responding to your comments sooner - I have been away dealing with family... issues. 

Jessica, Cecily, Gary,  Janna & Yvette: Watch for my update blog!  Coming soon now that I am back and under 190!  Not at my ideal yet but getting there.

Jennifer - I am going to need your address and a heads-up for your next dinner party.

Myrl - Yeah, I wish I had thought of it...wait till you see my update blog name.

Adam - Great idea!  Might actually be a marketable idea...

Kent - We are having quite the winter here as well...which is great because it is the only exercise I have been getting.  Family status changes and loss of property (I didn't get custody of the home gym) have curtailed my exercise schedule.  Thankfully, stress also helps keep the weight off.



Jan 12, 2009 11:39 AM
Kelsey Barklow
Hurd Realty - Johnson City, TN

It's amazing to me how quickly I start gaining weight when I stop my treadmill routine, even for just a few days. When I exercise I am more conscientious of what I'm snarfing down, or not.

Jan 20, 2009 11:42 AM

Now that's funny! Love the headline...I found the reason the metabolism starts slowing down is because of a hormonal deficiency. It happens typically around 40 but for me it started when I turned 28. Same thing happened to my brother.

Nov 20, 2009 04:30 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I saw the best T shirt at the gym. The man wearing it was about the same size as your guy busting his buttons above.These are three words on the back of his shirt.

" I overcame anorexia"

Nov 20, 2009 08:32 AM
Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ

Wow under 190 that's fantastic, I hope to be under 290 soon!

Nov 24, 2009 03:36 AM