November 18, 2009

It’s a good thing I lost over 15 pounds

So I had a bet.

This bet, you may recall, was a six week bet with my friend Tania over at Chicky Chicky Baby to see who could lose the greatest percentage of weight. Forty-two days of starvation and painful exercise. And for approximately 37 of those days, I was kicking Tania’s butt. I was certain I was going to win. I knew that there was no way she could make up the ground that she’d need. After all, she’d only lost 8 pounds in 37 days. How could she possibly lose 3.5 pounds in five days? Not likely. Especially since she was ready to throw in the towel on day 37 because of a “broken toe” and a “head cold.” I had this in the bag.

I forgot one simple thing. The woman is as stubborn as an elderly mule.

So this morning, when I weighed in for the final time, I was greeted with 15.5 pounds of weight loss. I emailed that info to Tania and waited for her reply. I imagined the joy I would have in winning our bet and goading her into showing her spandex-clad self in all its glory.

But then I received her email. 11.5 pounds. A quick calculation determined that I had lost 8.18% of my body weight. She had lost 8.24%. She won. By .06%. I think my reply to her email was something like this…


So, being the good sport that I am, I went to the local Nike Outlet store and purchased me some spandex. And this evening I took a few photos while I worked out. And I would like it to be known that I could have wimped out and posted me out of focus or curled up in a ball but that’s not how I roll. Also, I wanted to show me in all my spandex glory because that’s the way our good friend Anissa would want it. So here it is. For Tania and for Anissa… Me rocking the spandex.

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  1. Very inspiring, good on you for coming good on the bet!

    Comment by Kel — November 18, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

  2. Very impressive. (I won’t elaborate.)

    And good sportsmanship for going full bore and not wimping out. You both did great.

    Comment by Maura — November 18, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

  3. Not too shabby, bro! Lookin’ all muscular & shizz. ;)

    Comment by Al_Pal — November 18, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

  4. It’s a good thing there’s a fire extinguisher nearby…rubbing those thighs together in Spandex is a fire hazard…or so I hear. :)

    Comment by hipm0m77 — November 18, 2009 @ 11:54 pm

  5. OK, I definitely need a partner to do this Weight Watching thing with me. I’d “win” just to strike a fun pose!

    By the way, you’ve hereby been tagged!



    Comment by Carol — November 19, 2009 @ 12:37 am

  6. Look at you, ripplin’ all gracefully.

    You may have lost the bet, but still? Congrats on your 6-week purge. Nicely done.

    Comment by TwoBusy — November 19, 2009 @ 3:49 am

  7. Nice,um, codpiece.


    Comment by momma sunshine — November 19, 2009 @ 5:12 am

  8. LOL. That’s it, LOL Congratulations on the weight loss! Good job on the bet pay off.

    Comment by kathygee1 — November 19, 2009 @ 5:43 am

  9. This was a pleasant way to start my day.

    You look fantastic!

    I’m really glad you agreed to take the bet because I never could have done it without you. I’m also glad you’re such a good sport and realize that I’m… what was it you said? “Stubborn as an elderly mule?” I’m totally okay with that, because I am. But let this be a lesson – Starving yourself is not the way to go kids. Neither is 3 miles on the elliptical with a broken toe. But it helps if you want to win a bet. :)

    Comment by Chicky Chicky Baby — November 19, 2009 @ 7:00 am

  10. So that’s what it would be like if Nike did a more realistic marketing campaign. It *almost* works.

    Comment by moosh in indy. — November 19, 2009 @ 7:08 am

  11. You two are hilarious – congrats to you both on a job well done, and for entertaining the rest of us in the process :)

    Comment by Will — November 19, 2009 @ 7:08 am

  12. Almost forgot – Anissa would definitely approve of these pictures. When she’s well enough I’m going to send them to her.

    Comment by Chicky Chicky Baby — November 19, 2009 @ 7:10 am

  13. You look great!

    Comment by mel — November 19, 2009 @ 7:20 am

  14. Good for you! The best were your tweets to each other – you guys are hilarious and so much fun.

    Comment by Karen Sugarpants — November 19, 2009 @ 10:36 am

  15. Loved being a spectator to your contest. And I have to give Tania the high five on coming in with the win. Because these pics? Priceless! I expect you to wear the spandex at the next tweetup!

    Comment by Lex - @laprimera — November 19, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  16. The decorative stitching is, uh, an interesting choice.

    Congrats on the weight loss.

    Comment by Nancy — November 19, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

  17. great job! and the spandex? niiiiiice hehe

    Comment by pgoodness — November 19, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

  18. I SO needed this right now!

    I’m impressed with both the weight loss…AND the spandex. awesome!

    Comment by ali — November 20, 2009 @ 7:04 am

  19. Hubba hubba

    Comment by Natalie — November 20, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

  20. you are a man of your word my friend.

    Comment by Gemini-Girl — November 22, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

  21. Hot damn I’m going to have sweet dreams tonight.

    You look FABULOUS Mattie!! I’m so proud of you.

    And kinda turned on!!!


    Comment by Redneck Mommy — November 24, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

  22. Congratulations. You still won.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    Comment by Darren — November 25, 2009 @ 7:29 am

  23. Yes…you “lost” but you look GREAT in spandex…which could open up a whole new road of fashion for you. Maybe? ;)

    Comment by sadira — November 25, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  24. Woo hoo, seeeeeeeexy! Ha ha

    Comment by Alex — November 25, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  25. Looking good! Way to go, both for losing the weight and for honoring the bet. :)

    Comment by Holly — November 25, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

  26. Awesome (job on losing the weight) photos

    Comment by Domestic Extraordinaire — November 28, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

  27. Whoohoo!! Doesn’t matter that you lost the little bet, you look amazing and T’s broken toe was gross, so you win!

    Comment by Shawna — December 2, 2009 @ 11:15 am

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