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My Miracle Weight Loss Program – Body by Writing!

As a health and fitness blogger, I feel as though I should by now have at least one post discussing a surefire way to lose weight – after all, nothing drives traffic quite like the prospect of a trim figure! As such, I thought I’d share my miracle weight loss program with you in hope that it can work as well for you as it did for me. Here goes:

Step 1 – Sign a contract to write a book. The work involved will stress you to your breaking point and suck away any motivation you might have to exercise. Also, writing requires a lot of sitting, so your degree of slothfulness will increase exponentially! And let’s not forget the stress-eating!

Step 2 – Watch the pounds accumulate on your formerly healthy frame. Become disgusted by the decline in your physical fitness. Reach a peak of ill health just before your book is released.

Step 3 – Finish said book and rediscover the world beyond your computer monitor. Wow, that’s what it feels like to enjoy running? Who knew!

Step 4 – Watch the weight melt away from your now unhealthy body as you once again start exercising in large amounts and eating better food.

As an example, here’s my weight profile for the past several months as recorded on my Withings scale (I love that thing!) – note that my book came out around June 1:


Now, you might say this isn’t really a weight loss plan as much as a weight gain then loss plan back to square one, but I’m not going to quibble about silly details. I’m sticking to my guns on this one – if you want to destroy your health for a period of time, write a book. Then, when you’re done you’ll appreciate more than ever what it’s like to be able to eat well and exercise regularly!

In all seriousness, I’m really glad that I wrote Tread Lightly, but man am I happy it’s done – writing a book is not good for your health.

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  1. Well, my mom once gave this advise to the wife of a friend of mine : “you want him to lose weight ? tell him you want to leave him”. Thanks mom ! Way to go !

  2. Love my Withings scale too. When I reach the end of my weight loss, I intend to post my graph, just like yours. My wife saw me looking at my graph and “Oh my that is beautiful…”

    Seriously, it really holds me accountable.

  3. Sarah @RunFarGirl says:

    “writing a book is not good for your health.” Perhaps an explanation to why so many literary greats died young (Keats, Bronte sisters, Dickenson…) That and some of them were a little crazy. ;-)

  4. And we do appreciate the book and your sacrifice, Pete :)
    Now go run!

  5. Really very appreciating weight loss graph of yours. You have lose big amount of weight in months. One of my friend badly needs a weight loss program. I think he should read your blog which will motivate him.

  6. running shoes guru says:

    You went on a “bulk and cut” cycle :)

    But seriously – can you describe me that scale in 1 sentence instead of 1 page and 500 comments from amazon ?

  7. Cataract Surgery New Jersey says:

    Er… I think I’ll stay with working out. I am pretty content with it. Anyway, there is the point – what Sarah said :)

  8. personal trainer connecticut says:

    An effective weight loss program should include regular exercise, consumption of proper diet, drinking of water etc. Thanks for sharing this useful details with us.

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