Wednesday, December 21, 2011

3rd Annual "Best Christmas Video Ever"

I am showing it again, because it makes me so happy.

I present to you...the Best Christmas Video, Ever!

This is from "Gotta Be Andrew" from Wales.  He calls it a Christmas parody.  Okay.  Regardless, I am glad he put it out there.  Enjoy.

Monday, December 19, 2011


Christmas at the Clyde House has taken a serious turn.

My 10-year-old boy has barricaded off part of our dining room where he is creating an art project for Mrs. Clyde.  We are all eating on our laps until he is done with his masterpiece.

My 13-year-old boy is playing the child's version of the "Hi, Bob" game by counting the number of times any version of "Captain Jack Sparrow" is said in all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  Someone please tell me that there will be a future career choice that can benefit from his cataloguing skills.

Finally, my 16-year-old daughter is extremely pleased with her Christmas gift purchase for me.  She has told me twice in the past two hours, how excited she is and that I am not to enter her room until Christmas morning.  She stated that a python is now guarding her door.  She even posted a sign with this picture on it:
Yes, the guy looks like me. 
She is a clever girl.  For all I know, she is experimenting with pot in there or writing the next Unabomber Manifesto.  Nonetheless, I am banned from her room.

It is a cheerful house when the elves are hard at work.  It reminds me that I better get to the mall pretty soon.

I hope all is well at your house!

Big Clyde

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Longest Mile

I ran last night for the first time in two months, I finally went for a run.  Two miles in exactly 28 minutes.

Mile #1 started with 5 minutes of walking.  Then a 2 min run, 2 min walk interval.  I finished mile #1 in 15 minutes. 

Since it was an out-and-back and I was now warmed up, I decided to run the entire way back at a light pace.  Mile #2 took 13 minutes.

The hardest mile was #1.  It didn't really take me 15 minutes.  It is pretty fair to say that it took me about two months, due to my procrastination. 

I knew that I was much heavier and my legs were out of shape...and, and, and.  Thus, that first mile was a long one.

But once I got out there, mile #2 was not really bad at all.

It was good to be out there again.  I will do the Sun Run 5k or 10k in late January and see what else is coming after that.

Big Clyde

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Just Like Antone

One of the curses that my wife has had to endure in our almost 21 years of marriage is when I ask her "How about that guy?...Do I look like him?"

This usually happens when we are out running errands somewhere and we see some other big guy with a weight problem.  Most often, I am way off and have chosen some guy who is much rounder than me.  It is hard to get a true sense of perspective when we tend to just see ourselves standing in front of the mirror.  Maybe that is why so many people have their "a-ha" moment when they see a photo of themselves (from the side, or the back).

Anyway, we have been watching The Biggest Loser this season and met Antone Davis.  He is similar to me in a few ways:
  • He's 6'4" (193cm)
  • He's bald (or shaves his head, like I do)
  • He's in his mid-40's, married with kids
  • He has battled his weight for awhile now
About two weeks ago, we were watching the show and my wife initiated the comment this time. 

"That's you," she said.

At this point, Antone probably weighed just above 300 lbs.  He looked like me (but with a better tan).  Though he once weighed 476 lbs, he was now in my neighborhood.

Last night, we watched the finale and he weighed in at 245 lbs.  He reminded me of a body type that I once had (except the huge muscle tone that went with it). 

I lived in Japan in my early 20's and got down to 217 (basically because I only ate ramen and drank beer and rode my bike everywhere.   Hmmm).

I am not trying to get down to 217.  Maybe not even 245.  250 sounds good.  Now, I can even picture what I would look like. 

Remember the phrase about Michael Jordan?  "I want to be like Mike!"  That is silly for most guys.  They will never grow to be 6'6".

But I can be just like Antone.

Big Clyde

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The December Mantra

I've avoided the scale for a few months now.  For a few reasons (and a lot of excuses), I've also avoided:
  • egg white veggie breakfasts
  • my running shoes
  • water
  • my blog
  • your blogs
  • sweat
  • fruit and veggies (are they even still in season??)
  • my bike
  • the "Big Clyde"(*) sandwich at Subway (foot-long ham with tons of veggies, no cheese and vinagrette)
  • 2011 race schedules

Here is what I have spent my time on recently:
  • family evenings at home
  • work with new bosses and some new strategies
  • pizza
  • candy
  • my La-Z-Boy DreamTime Reclina-Rocker
  • ice cream
  • laziness comfort
  • a warm house, sheltered from the cold outdoors

Honestly, I don't predict a change in behavior tonight.  Or tomorrow. 

But I want to get back to that feeling of having lost 50 pounds like I did a year ago.  I dropped the weight and I did it pretty quickly. 

It came off quickly and pretty easily with food choices (in the first few months) and then increased exercise.  It is math, like we all know.  Burn more calories than you take in. 

But what about the yo-yo pattern?  How about those stats about how so many people lose weight, only to gain back even more?  Sure, that's me (now).  I am the cliche.  Guilty.  Now, ask me if I care.

I can't change history.  I had a tough year and focused elsewhere.   Whatever.

But I'm not done yet.

The future is unwritten...for all of us.

Here's my mantra for December:

"The best way
to predict the future
is to invent it."     - Theodore Hook

There, I feel better already.  Thanks for hanging in there with me, my friends.

Big Clyde