The Unhealthy Outdoorsman

Hello, my name is Mark and I’m an Unhealthy Outdoorsman.

How unhealthy you ask?

477 pounds unhealthy.

Carp-ulent, if you will.

So unhealthy that it makes me a bad outdoorsman.  I get winded carrying light fishing gear up a hill.  I limit myself in how far away from my Explorer I’ll walk to chase fish and I know it’s limiting my fishing success.  The reason you’ve never seen hunting material on the blog is because camo isn’t easily found in a 5xlt top and 52x34in bottom.  That and I’ve never found a treestand rated for 500lbs.

This is the same reason you’ve never read about me kayaking or wading a stream for smallmouth.  There is exactly one pair of waders that might fit me.  Buying them would feel like enabling myself to not lose any weight.

How did I get so damn fat you ask?  It’s not one decision or behavior that led me here, more a perfect storm of factors that have converged over the years.  I’m a boredom eater, fast food addict, I work on my ass in a call center, living a mostly sedentary lifestyle since junior high, etc.

Why am I bitching about this on my outdoors-themed blog?  Because I need your help.

You see, I’m a follower of, a blog with workout/dietary tips geared exactly towards me and others like me, the unhealthy outdoorsmen.  It’s run by Paul, a die-hard outdoorsman who is also a personal trainer.  (Check it out when you get a minute, it’s great motivation.)

Anyway, the other day Paul posted a bit about a diet he personally was going to try out.  It intrigued me and I left a quick comment letting him know I was gonna give it a shot.

The diet in question didn’t work out for me but it did inspire me to get started on Weight Watchers, which I’ve done for just over a week and have lost 3lbs on already!  Paul sent me an email out of the blue today asking if I had tried out the diet and offering advice if I was serious about losing some weight.  He offered to let me try out some of the workout routines he has in the work and such.  I’m jumping at the chance, I need all the help I can get.

Which brings me to the real reason for my post.  Paul suggested that I blog my experiences in losing weight and I think it’s a good idea.  Why?  Because my wife will love me even if I bloated to Jabba the Hutt-like proportions, and “real-life” friends point out that at 6’5″, it’s ok for me to weigh more than the average joe.

I need people to hold me accountable.  If I don’t post for a week or two I need someone to comment and get on my case.  When I accomplish something I need congratulations.  I know I’m asking alot but I’m hoping you can help.  If you don’t want to I hope you don’t mind ignoring regular “unhealthy outdoorsman” posts.

So what’s my plan to lose the 250lbs to get down to a normal weight?  Well, as I said above, I’ve been using Weight Watchers for a little over a week and have already seen success.  For now, I’m going to keep that up as far as the nutritional side of things goes.

About a year and a half ago, I got really into running for a couple months when I was 440lbs.  I was able to run a 5k in about 40 mins.  Believe it or not, about a week and a half ago at 480lbs, I ran 2 miles.  (It took half an hour and there may have been as much walking as running but I did it.)  There is a 5k coming up at the end of August that I think I want to try to run to give me a short term goal.  If Paul gives me some tips I’ll be sure to implement them and document the results too.

So what do you think?  Feel free to share any encouragement/tips/healthy recipes/success stories in comments section, I’m happy to read them.

(BTW, if you read this far, thanks for sticking around for all that.  I feel like an addict going through the “admit you have a problem” stage. )

EDIT:  After Paul got me posted on the OBN reader approved list, I’ve had a couple extra visitors to the blog.  If you’re one of them, welcome and thanks for checking it out.  I’ve already posted an update here with some results and I’ll keep linking to the newest weigh-in.


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