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!

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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.

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 🙂

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Keeping Things in Perspective


I may have failed to mention this in some of my more recent posts but believe it or not, I’ve managed to gain a little of my weight back. While it’s not a ridiculous amount, it’s still something I’m not entirely proud of considering what it took to get where I am today.

I’m still not near my eventual goal weight of 190 lbs. but I’m not exactly where I was before the holidays. In short, I’m just a tad under 200 lbs. and haven’t been near my pre-holiday weight of 195 lbs. for some time now.

Sure, it’s only a few pounds. But I must keep things in perspective and remember what I’ve lost so far.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present 100 pounds of fat:

Courtesy mypetfat.com

I think I feel better. That, or even more disgusted than before.

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Me on Fat2Fit Radio Podcast!


albumart_225Well, it’s not actually me speaking but I am mentioned in Episode 63!

I am a regular listener of the Fat2Fit podcasts and hosts Jeff and Russ often read e-mails from their listeners, whether questions or success stories. I sent an e-mail to them over a month ago explaining how I lost over 100 lbs. and lo and behold, today it finally made the podcast.

You can give it a listen at their site or download it from iTunes. They begin reading my e-mail at about 7:12 but hey, don’t just listen for me. The podcast is fantastic and one of the few I subscribe to (in addition to Leo Laporte’s Tech Guy podcast). If you’re trying to lose some weight, Fat2Fit really does the job by speaking of weight loss in plain English, not some mumbo-jumbo.

Thanks to Jeff and Russ for reading my note and for giving my weight loss blog some notes. I appreciate everything and keep up the great work!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention this. In the podcast, you hear me mention that I take the train to work and walk during my lunch hour. Well, the job that afforded me such privileges has since laid me off so I no longer take walks while at work. This isn’t entirely a bad thing–I can ride my bike to my new job which is about 5 miles away by bike trail (or 3 miles by street). I plan on doing it every other day at first then possibly every day later. Staying fit while saving gas. Now there’s a winning combination if I’ve ever heard one!

And when I say “a case of diet soda” I meant a 12-pack, not a flat of 24 cans. Juft FYI.

The original e-mail transcript is after the break. Enjoy!

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