Monday, September 27, 2010



Okay, so since no one else has really taken the reins on this, I have decided to nominate myself the “Weight Loss Challenge Czar”.  I am going to put together some rules, regulations, and goals and stuff that we can all adjust and change as you see fit.  I’m going off of what I remember from our conversations one day like 2 months ago about our family having a little contest to motivate all of us to get healthy.  Please make recommendations and tell me what to add or take away. 

This challenge is not one that any one of us should fail.  The Goal of this is not to pressure anyone to lose weight, but to MOTIVATE all of us to reach PERSONAL GOALS (Whether they be weight, fitness, or something else).  If you only have 5 or 6 pounds to lose, then you can set a goal for yourself that you feel will make it fair to all of us who are “larger in stature” and have more weight to lose.  For example, as we all know, Dan and BriAnn don’t have an ounce to lose.  They should probably GAIN some weight if anything.  But to make it fair (AND FUN) they could set a personal goal for themselves that will equal the difficulty some of us (me) will face in trying to conquer this.  They could give up Sugar, soda, or anything else they may like, but isn’t good for them.  Or, they could simply make personal fitness goals for themselves.  (be able to ride a Century in a certain amount of time by such and such time, OR SOMETHING)

The Goals that are set, are TOTALLY up to you!!!  No one in the family, not even mom or dad has a right to tell anyone that their goal isn’t good enough, hard enough, high enough, etc…  This is a personal goal, which you should feel inclined to make hefty.  Don’t say that you commit to losing 15 lbs when you could stand to lose 35.  Don’t say that you’ll commit to working out 1 – 2 times a week, when you have, or could make the time to do it 4 -5 times. 

This Challenge should be a way for us to push ourselves, and motivate ourselves to accomplish something that we have always WANTED to do, but just haven’t motivated ourselves enough to do it for whatever reason.


I’m starting today, but since it’s short notice, you all have until MONDAY of next week to prepare yourself Mentally and physically to get this started.  Yes, I am starting early, but I don’t want to wait, cause I’m feeling all motivated, and I have by far the most weight to lose, so it really doesn’t matter.



-          Fill out the survey I sent to you earlier -- CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY:
-          WE HAVE 6 MONTHS TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS (Should this number be different?  I just threw it out there, tell me if it should be diff.)
-         Determine a Goal that you want to reach – It doesn’t have to be unreachable, make it achievable, but also NOT EASY, it should be a goal that will realistically take you about 5 or 6 months to achieve.   For Example, I would LOVE to get down to my high school weight, this isn’t my Ideal weight, I was still fat in High School, but it’s a heck of a lot better than I am now, and I would kill to be at that weight still.  So that’s my goal, then my STRETCH Goal weight, is my IDEAL weight, and this is for personal motivation, it will NOT Determine whether you’re eligible for the trip or not.
-          Have a Guaranteed Weight (Determines Trip) and a Rainbow and Butterflies Weight (Personal / Not Required for Trip)
-          Fitness Goals: Determine How many times a week you commit to moving and breaking a sweat. Don’t make this easy.  If you try to take the easy road, you’re only going to cheat yourself, and you’ll lose a great opportunity to have a support system that you won’t have if you wait until “some other time”.  Try to make the commitment to at least work out 3 – 4 times a week.
-          Take a BEFORE Picture:  Men, take one with your shirt off -- Women, you must be totally butt naked, and you must send it to everyone in order to be eligible.  J  J/K – Girls, if you want to keep a shirt on that’s okay.  These are totally confidential, You will never have to show anyone these pictures.  I simply figure it will be really cool to see before and after pictures once we’re all lean and cut.
-          WEEKLY WEIGH INS – You must weigh yourself every MONDAY and post the weight loss lbs or percentage on the Google Doc I will create.
-          Fitness Log – Keep a work out log on the same google doc of what you did, how many times this week you worked out, and for how long.  This will make you accountable to get off your lazy behind.
-          Diet Log – There is no requirement to be on an OFFICIAL diet.  I will say however, unless you change your diet, you will not lose the weight.  Even though it’s not official, you should have a plan of action.  Your Diet Log is very simple, you’re not going to log the GOOD food you ate, you’re only going to log the BAD Food you eat, Log all the times you CHEATED on your “diet”.  Cheating isn’t banned, but if you keep track of all the times you do cheat, and publicly show everyone, chances are they will decrease, therefore allowing your SIZE to decrease.
-          MOTIVATE EACH OTHER – If you’re married to the fatty, motivate them, if you ARE the fatty, ask others to help motivate YOU.
-          Give me recommendations for these rules and regulations. 

SEMI-OPTIONAL: I’m planning on keeping a photo record of my progress every week.  I’m going to take a picture of my face, and my body every Monday at weigh in time to watch my progress over the next several months.


-          Stay on top of this.  Everyone be accountable.  If you don’t use the Google Doc, and email, and stuff to check in with everyone, then the chances of you being successful are very slim.  But not slim, cause you’ll still be fat, but you know what I mean.
-          Weekly Check ins, JUST DO IT
-          When we reach our goals, dad has agreed to do a 3 day River Rafting trip down the Grand Canyon.  He also agreed to fly me to Africa, and make me a partner in his company.  (Dad, don’t try to tell them you don’t remember this part, you may have been half asleep when you said it, but I’m holding you to it!)
-          I think that we should reward ourselves, or our partners when we reach certain checkpoints.  If we stay to our workout plans, diets, etc… one week, I think we should be rewarded for it.  So, if that be treating yourself to dinner and a movie, or just a big slice of chocolate cake, then so be it.  But make sure you reward yourself for keeping your weekly goals.


I am extremely embarrassed to admit that I am at a weight right now that is abhorrent to me.  I am the heaviest I’ve ever been, and by far the most out of shape.  Recently I’ve noticed for the first time in my life that it’s very difficult to do certain things.  This is something I’ve never really experienced.  I’ve been able to do most everything anyone else does even as a heavy set guy, but lately, doing things as simple as going up a flight of stairs, or walking a few miles can be agony.  Why am I telling you this?  Because this is my way of putting myself out there, and looking past the embarrassment I feel for how I’ve let myself get here, and it’s my way of becoming accountable to everyone close to me.  I am not willing to live like this anymore.  I am miserable with the way I feel, and look, and I am long overdue for a major change.  I am writing this now, because I personally want to commit to all of you that I will be willing to work my hardest to reach the goals that I have set. I am going to commit myself to sticking to this, and more than just losing some weight to go on a trip, my main goal during the next few months is to focus the most on “Lifestyle Change”.  If I am going to do this for good, things need to change, and that’s going to be my primary focus.  Even if I don’t lose all the weight I would like to, if I can develop the life changes I need to simply be healthier for the rest of my life, then I will count this as a success.

So here is my epistle, and commitment to all of you, publicly and before God, that I will commit myself to the goals set forth herewith.  And I would urge each of you to publicly (to the family) do the same.  I feel like if you’re willing to put it out there, and make yourself accountable, it will be much more difficult for me now to say “screw it”, or give up because it’s hard.  Now that you all know how I really feel about the way I am right now, I can’t take it back, and pretend like it’s not a big issue to me.  As cheesy as you may all think it is, I honestly think there is a lot of power in becoming accountable.  And I would encourage everyone make a similar commitment to all of us.

I look forward to seeing all of our progress over the next few months.

Good luck to everyone, and I’ll see you and your results SOON!

Tanner Phillips
Weight Loss Challenge Czar

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