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Squirrel Hill to Oakland Walking Group


I’m PhD student. I’m a father of two with a third on the way. I’m a busy guy. I’m also overweight.

I’m about 187 lbs now. I’d like to be around 175 lbs by the end of November and 165lbs by the middle of March. My running training isn’t going so well. My job (research) is sedentary. I feel like I’m going nowhere fast. I need some daily exertion that will boost both my metabolism and my spirits. So…

I’ve been thinking.

Misery loves company, right? Seriously, though, I’ve found that camaraderie is invaluable for self-improvement. It’s easier to stay on the wagon push yourself when your friends are trying to do the same thing along side you, challenging and encouraging you along the way.

What am I getting at?

Well, I’d like to start a group for folks walking to work or school. Specifically, I’m hoping there are folks in Squirrel Hill who commute to Oakland during the work week and who would be interested in walking together. Leaving work can be unpredictable, but most folks go into work at a fairly consistent time.

What I’m proposing is that we meet at a mutually convenient location in Squirrel Hill (e.g., Forbes Ave and Murray Ave.), walk a common route to Oakland, and peel off as we reach our destinations. Depending on the route taken, it’s a 30 min to 43 min walk, which is very reasonable. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d be willing to walk in almost any weather (except possibly driving rain).

Who wants to join me? Leave a comment, email me if you have my address, or talk to me on Twitter. 🙂

Addendum: I’m aiming to leave Squirrel Hill around 8:30AM each morning. I might be able to swing 8:00 or 8:15, but it’d be a tight squeeze.

Update 09/29/10: I walked from Murray Ave and Pocusset St to Tennyson Ave and Fifth Ave this morning (through the park), and it took me close to an hour. A route through neighborhoods is somewhat shorter. Either way, I still want to do this. Will anyone join me?

You Bet Your Ass


You bet your ass!

As additional inspiration to enhance the DadLabs Weight Loss Challenge, I’ve created two fat bets – one short term and one long term. Don’t what FatBet is? Go check it out!

Misery loves company, and competition is a good motivator, so please join us. The more the merrier. 🙂

From Keg to Six Pack (ends 11/30/10): watch join

The Ides of March (ends 03/15/10): watch join

DadLabs Weight Loss Challenge


I’m sure most of the socially networked dads reading my blog (all three of you) are already family with DadLabs. If you’re no, go check them out!

Daddy Clay has decided (again) that he needs to lose some weight, and that misery loves company. Thus, he’s inviting folks to take part in the 2010-2011 DadLabs Weight Loss Challenge or FitFatFitFatFit v3.0.

“I recently returned from a summer vacation, spent beached like a walrus, munching giant hoagies and slurping beer as dark and thick as motor oil, to discover to my shock that I had put on a bit of weight. Actually, a huge amount of weight.

“In that I am not alone. Seems like articles about the obesification of America are everywhere these days. And there is something that we can do about it, right here in this office.

“It’s FitFatFitFatFit v3.0. I have challenged Brad and Troy (despite having lost two previous challenges). They have accepted. I also challenge any willing member of the community.

“So here is the deal: join the DadLabs Weight Loss Challenge or DadLabs BMI Bash or DadLabs Diet Discourse today. (First Order of Business: Come up with a catchy name.)

“Weigh in, calculate your BMI, that kind of stuff, and make note either publicly or privately. We will debate here the best way to calculate the winner and/or winners. Weigh in to establish your starting weight at any time of your choosing, but the Weigh Out will be Valentine’s Day 2011 (which corresponds with my goals for running my next competitive half-marathon).

“Huge prizes will be awarded is a variety of categories TBD (open to suggestions for categories here).”

I’m 20+ pounds heavier than I ought to be, so I’m definitely in. Besides, losing weight should help me run faster. 🙂

Join us. Misery loves company. 😉

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