The Suite Life

200x200_LAD_DDS_logoAs my readers know, I started my weight loss blog when I was about 250 lbs. to chronicle my progress on my way to my goal of 200 lbs. By then, I had already lost 50 lbs. but wasn’t blogging yet. I did this not only for my own motivation but also as a way to inspire others to do the same thing.

And I have to admit that making such a commitment put a bit of pressure on me. I set my goal and so as not to look the fool, had to ensure myself that I would make it. Of course you know the results of my hard work and hopefully my readers have achieved their own success.

Most of you also know I’m also a Dodger fan and up until the All-Star break, was so happy to see them doing so well. As of today, well, things are sort of not going their way but that’s fine. There’s lots of baseball left.

While watching a game a few weeks ago, I saw a promo for their Dodger Digital Series which is touted as a “one-of-a-kind social media experience built to create a Dodger experience tailored to fans’ hobbies, interests, and / or passions.” I decided to give it a better look by visiting the website and that’s when I saw there was a category for Fitness Influencers.

So I thought I’d take a shot in the dark and see what it got me. I filled out the form, submitted it, and pretty much forgot about it.

That is until I got an email today from the Dodgers.

In the email, it stated that I was chosen to be part of a select group of 20 other fitness influencers to attend the Dodgers’ July 31st game which is also Kirk Gibson Bobblehead Night. As if that wasn’t enough, we get to watch the game from the Dodger Digital Suite, get free VIP parking, and watch the Dodgers take batting practice – a rarity indeed since they do it well before game time.

So not only has my weight loss scored me some free samples and an iPod nano (which I have since sold), I now get to see my Dodgers from a suite at baseball’s most beautiful stadium and watch them take batting practice on the field.

The suite life indeed!

Naturally, I will take lots of photos and post them when I get home or, as is the case these days, post them as they happen. Should you wish to see the events unfold as they happen, follow me on Twitter @aeromat since that is the one connected to my Instagram account (my username there is also aeromat). I’d like to keep the images on one account rather than spread them all over the place.

It’s going to be a good time!

Skechers Pays Up for Making You Look Like A Goofball

I’d been telling people all along that these things didn’t work.

Skechers has been ordered to pay up $50M in damages to consumers who fell for the shoemaker’s claims that their Shape-Ups shoes would improve circulation, tone leg muscles, and promote weight loss.

About the only thing consumers were lighter from was the $50-$100 they were duped out of for buying the shoes that were nothing more than a gimmick and make them look like complete and utter dorks.

I mean seriously, would you wear these regardless of the health benefits?


At any rate, this story makes me extremely happy because it serves them right. As someone who used to be a fatty, I know that outside of proper nutrition and exercise, there’s nothing on this planet that will do what these shoes claimed to do. There are no shortcuts to a healthy body if you are overweight or obese. The best way to get in shape is to get busy, eat right, exercise, never look back and for the love of all things holy, avoid garbage like Shape-Ups shoes.

It’s like energy drinks. There’s no athlete in their right mind that would chug one of these before something as simple as a 5k or complex as a triathlon because they are pure crap. The only people you see buying them are guys I describe in this post and their girlfriends. Real energy should be sustained and provided by eating the right foods.

Showing up to a running event in Shape-Ups or any Skechers product is like wanting to drive in a NASCAR race with a Disneyland Autopia license: you’d probably get laughed into obscurity. While they may be comfortable, they aren’t much good for their claims which is why they must pay up. It’s just a shame that people bought into it.

In other words, Skechers should leave the real running and walking shoes to the pros.

When I first started my weight loss program, all I did was buy a pair of $30 New Balance shoes at Marshalls. Nothing more, nothing less. As those wore down I bought another pair of running shoes and so on. I don’t think I’ve spent anywhere near what Skechers cost and I’ve had Puma, Nike, Asics, Avia, New Balance and a few more.

And look! Through kicking my ass, exercising and eating right, I went from this…


…to this…


without wearing such goofy shoes! Isn’t it amazing what a little hard work will do?

Hey, if you have a pair of Shape-Ups and are happy with them then who am I to argue? But there’s a good chance that you bought them under the premise that they would do exactly as they claimed because, let’s face it, there’s no reason to wear such ugly-ass Herman Munster shoes.

So Skechers, you’d better get that checkbook out because it’s time you felt a little light in the wallet—and rightfully so.

Yo, Adrian!

I had done my 100 sit-ups and headed into the garage to lift some weights and punch the heavy bag.

As always, I brought my iPod with me so that I can listen to some music while I work out. This time, I had it tuned to the ‘80s station on Pandora.

After tuning in, I spent some time grunting and lifting weights. Once done, I stepped away and prepared for the heavy bag.

The second I grabbed my pair of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves, this song starts:

(Note: Sony Music can suck it for disabling embedding for all of their YouTube videos)

I seriously had to stop and catch my breath since I was laughing so hysterically. Really, I couldn’t even punch the damn bag! I tried but only landed soft blows that wouldn’t even hurt a gnat.

So I stopped, focused, let the song continue, and started all over again.

Ten minutes later I raised my hands and proudly exclaimed, “Yo, Adrian! I did it!”

I’m sure the neighbors love me.

P90X Photoshop Fail

First, if you happened to find this post after searching for anything related to P90X, know that this is a personal blog and not one of those awful sites made to look like an honest review of the product that was actually made by someone pushing the product they are criticizing. That said, I’m free to say whatever the Hell I want or need to say about it because nobody is giving me one red cent to say it.

This leads up to last night when I was scouring the Web for information on said workout program. I decided to give it a look since I felt slightly emasculated while doing my nightly routine of sit-ups on a balance ball and other low-impact exercises that involve the use of 5-pound, pink neoprene dumbbells. All I needed was a headband with the word “Physical” silk-screened across it to make the outfit complete. Well, that and a leotard and tights.

You still with me? I know that’s not a visual you needed.

Anyway, I came across the official site of the program and began clicking on links. And yes, the site is literally filled with testimonials from users who went from wimp to pimp in no time flat. There are plenty of pictures and videos to prove the point.

And as I continued to educate myself on the product, it occurred to me that there was not one fat person in the bunch which lead me to believe that the product is by no means meant for any of you corpulent cowboys out there but rather, people who appear to be in shape and want to more of a bodybuilding thing rather than a weight loss program.

So those of you that have a lot of weight to lose and plan on making that your New Year’s resolution might want to reconsider this program because, as is indicated on the site, results will vary from individual to individual. The people you see on the site are freaks since there’s a good chance that they are the few that have achieved success with the program. (Remember, too, that P90X is part of Beachbody LLC, a company that specializes in selling nutritional supplements so one hand washes the other here.)

Okay, with all of that out of the way, I continued to view the video testimonials. I came across one by Jill W. and watched it just to see if she was like all of the others: a real woman with some real curves.

But after about 35 seconds into the clip, I had to rewind it and watch it again.

Why, you ask? Here’s what you will see at 0:20 of the clip:


Hey, look! It’s Jill W.’s before and after pictures! She looks pretty good, doesn’t she? And check out the amazing craftsmanship on those doors behind her. I bet they were made by the Amish or something because man, they look fuckin’ sweet. And don’t you love how no shadows are cast on either shot and how, even though taken from the same vantage point, the lighting appears to be way different on both?

Also, do all of the “before” shots need to be straight-on and unflattering while the “after” shots require standing at an angle?

Okay, maybe I’m looking too much into the image and overlooking the obviously sexy results that one Jill W. achieved while on the program. Probably so, huh?

Or am I? Check out her before picture at 0:28 of the clip:


Here’s Jill W. again only this time looking pretty down about things. Maybe it’s because she had to pose with that tacky picture of ducks in flight just to the right of her (or on the left of the image for you smarties out there), or maybe it was before she had those awesomely Amish doors installed in her home. Maybe she just wasn’t happy that the photographer chose to get all artsy-fartsy and use C-41 process black-and-white film this time around.

Either way, there she was then and here she is at 0:31 of the clip:


Shapely Jill W.? Check (and rawrrrr!). Tacky ducks-in-flight picture? Check.

Amish door? Che…wait, what? Holy Hell! What the fuck is going on here? Why is only half of the Amish door floating behind Jill W.? It’s because it’s a MOTHERFUGGING GHOST DOOR THAT LEADS TO ANOTHER DIMENSION like that episode of The Twilight Zone!

Okay, now I’m not knocking Jill W. for any results she may or may not have achieved by using (or not using) the P90X program. Everybody is free to come to their own conclusion about the product. Personally, I’m always a bit wary of any program such as this and would opt for something recommended by my doctor but hey, what the Hell do I know, right?

The point I’m trying to make here is that if a company is going to go through such lengths to get you to buy their product by having their (hopefully now unemployed) graphic artists do such a half-assed Photoshop job on the “before” and “after” pictures, it might be saying something about the product’s credibility.

Definitely a caveat emptor situation if I’ve ever seen one.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with my tacky ‘80s workout attire.

And you think I’m kidding…

Fat 2 Fit Hits the Bookstore

Hey gang!

As you may know, the Fat 2 Fit podcast was one of my motivators during my weight loss program. The hosts, Russ Turley and Jeff Ainslie, also featured my e-mail about my success in Episode 63.

All of that said, I’m proud to give a plug to their new book, Fat 2 Fit: Getting There and Staying There, which is chock full of information that was featured on the show. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds or, like me, need a little nudge in the right direction every now and then, this is the book to get. As a mater of fact, I’m going over to order my copy right now!

While we’re on the subject of Fat 2 Fit, I will for sure be attending this year’s meetup at Islands in Long Beach, CA. I will also be bringing a buddy along who is now in the middle of his own program, and has dropped a good amount of weight thanks to eating right and exercising–the very same thing I preach on this blog.

If you need more info on the meetup, head on over to Facebook and search Fat 2 Fit.

Thanks, and I hope to see some of you there 🙂