November 10th (Day 25) HALF WAY!

Posted: November 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

First things first, my friend Deanna posted my picture of me in the Thor costume at the Thor movie to and it’s currently getting a lot of “upvotes”. I’m learning everything reddit today, and so far it is AMAZING. UPDATE: It’s gotten almost TWO THOUSAND  upvotes as of this posting…holy goodness.

Here’s the link.

So that’s awesome.

Second, I’m so glad that I’ve been doing the willpower stuff, it’s taught me a lot about myself and other people, and I really think its made me a more well rounded person. I’d like to thank everyone that has been supporting me all this time. It really means a lot to me!

I took it easy this weekend on everything (I had cocktails last night…I know, I know) and caught up on some sleep that I’ve been depriving my body, and I feel great. I know that I feel great because I went over to South Bend and my dad and I (with a couple other of the owners) hung a new metal sign on the side of the comedy club:


Some perspective:


Then I came back to LaPorte in time for halftime at my team’s Civic league basketball game, where I showed up in street clothes to watch. Turns out we only had 5 guys show up so I went home and changed just in case. I came back and as soon as I was lacing up my sneakers, one of the guys went down with an injury, so I played almost the entire second half of the game. I felt pretty great afterwards. I haven’t felt that good on the court in a while.

That does nothing but make me want to get after it even more, and I’m going to destroy this week coming up.

Yesterday was made up of work and the comedy club and that was IT. I didn’t have time for anything else. The early show last night was AWESOME, my jokes went over REALLY well and I joked about getting a standing ovation and people literally stood up and clapped for me. It was a such a fun time.

Back to the grind tomorrow, but for now I took care of everything that needed done today.

I’ve been thinking more and more about this willpower stuff because well…it’s pretty much one of five things I think about (work/comedy/willpower stuff/Bacon/Boobs) Also, I’m halfway through. I’m down to 259.00 pounds from 274.00 so….15 of 32 down. Pretty good stuff. Being halfway through I’ve started to think about the end, and how I’ll move past the goal date and still be healthy.

I think the Rock sums it up pretty nicely:

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My end goal is not December 5th. My end goal is much further out than that, it’s the goal of living a balanced life where I’m in shape, eating pretty well, and having a great time doing it. This willpower stuff is great when I’m on it. Then December 5th comes. Then what? Then I go off the rails to celebrate, and it takes me starting another willpower month to right the ship.

The goal needs to change from the all or nothing mentality to the moderation and exercise mentality. While donating money to the KKK is a great scare tactic to get me to shape up in the short term, I can’t have something huge looming over my head constantly, berating me into living a healthy lifestyle. You have to do it for you, because you like the way things are going and you want to continue down that path.

I like the way things are going, and I want to continue down that path. I want to get away from the hard and fast rules of “you can’t do this, you have to do this” everyday. I’d rather just organically want to do or not do things because overall I’ll be healthier for it.

Of course I’m not abandoning the willpower challenge. That would be stupid. Instead of it being all or nothing, I’m going to do my best to adhere to the “rules” that I’ve laid out, but I really want to make sure that by December 5th the transition looks like this:


Instead of this:


If that makes sense.

I know for a fact that if I want to be healthy I’ll always have to be cognizant of what I’m eating and how much I’m working out. That’s the main focus here for me. Everything else is secondary to that. In order to keep that up long term, from time to time I know I’ll have to give in to eating shitty food, drinking some booze, and blowing off some steam.

So I’m going to continue with the willpower stuff as best as I can. Every once in a while I’m going to take a day off. I think that’s the best way to make sure I can keep it up well past the “goal” date.

For now I’m going to relax for the rest of the night and then kill it this week. I’ve literally eaten nothing today, so I’m going to have a beer and some restaurant food and contemplate the next 25 days. I’ve earned a break (he tells himself)

Have a great night everyone.

  1. Brady says:

    Ben – I feel the exact same way about food/working out/getting work done/generally doing what’s good for me. I’m really good at short, hard challenges (as a 10 year old I gave up candy and pop for a year – ridiculous) but it’s hard to sustain the changes once it’s over. I think Kelly feels this way too. She’s always doing cleanses and signing up for marathons but is now kind of looking for more of a balance. I don’t know what the solution is, but I do feel like over time I’ve made some small changes that have gradually become part of my life (I rarely drink pop, for example, and I’ve gotten to the point where I run regularly because I remember how good it feels when I’m done). Maybe the willpower challenges are just a good way to kickstart good habits?

    • I absolutely agree. There have definitely been some holdovers. Even when I’m not doing a challenge I look for Random Acts of Kindness to do, and now I’m flossing like twice a day haha. I definitely have picked up better habits as a part of this and even though I don’t know how to make it a balanced thing yet, I’m getting there. Thanks for the comment 🙂

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