Do you know the secret? – UPDATED 01/01/2013

Wow!  Good for you snoop!  You found my blog and as a reward, here’s the secret….

I’m trying something new with the Advent Calendar this year.  If you’ve watched Day #001 for 2012, you may have noticed a single frame of video in the credits with a picture of my face and the words ‘Do you know the secret?’.

Well, the secret is that I’m not happy with where I am weight wise.  I know I’m not super heavy, but I’m above my ‘goal’ weight which is about 150.  I sort of ‘lost my way’ when it comes to eating right and I wanted to force myself back into the patten of doing so.

So starting today, December 1, I’m going on a strict diet, tracking my food, and ramping up the exercise.  Each day of the Advent Calendar, I will take a single still frame of my face.  My goal is to be down several pounds by the time the Advent Calendar is over, and then, after December 25, I can make a short video of the still frames of my face to see if there’s any visible difference in weight loss in my face.

I’m just trying to find a way to hold myself accountable for getting to where I want to be.  I don’t think I’ll be back to 150 by December 25th, that’s a little drastic.  But I hope to make progress.

I’d love for you to support me in my goal.  You can do that by going to the Advent Calendar Facebook Page at:

And simply post ‘I Know The Secret’ on the wall.  It’ll show me you’ve found this page, and I’ll know I have your support!  It’ll also encourage others to find out the secret, so don’t give it away! 🙂

Thanks, as always.  Happy Holidays!


Well that was a failure.  I actually wound up GAINING weight because I couldn’t help myself around all the big holiday meals.


I’m at the highest I’ve been since I lost 80lbs a few years ago.

Part of the problem, I believe, the whole thing being a secret!  The idea was get supporters to to cheer me on as I strive for a goal.  But doing the stupid ‘Do You Know The Secret?’ thing it was a secret only two folks found out about.  It also built up expectations in the minds of the people who watched the Advent Calendar that there’s be some sort of BIG secret reveal at the end of this all and the ‘secret’ was just me trying to get fit.

Just a big fail on all accounts.

So…like you do at the first of the year, you refocus and that’s what I’ve done.  Starting…yesterday (Dec 31) I’ve begun really focusing in on what I eat.

At my very lowest weight I was like 148/146.  This was far too low.  My goal, I’m stating it publicly is now 152.  I have about 20 pounds to lose.  I’m not putting an end date on when I’d like to achieve it but my weight loss goal is 2 lbs per week.

Another goal is to post here on this blog more frequently, so I shall keep you updated.

Here we go!


6 thoughts on “Do you know the secret? – UPDATED 01/01/2013”

  1. I think you look great! I’m trying to lose weight but it is so tough over the holidays! Best of luck and I know you will do it!

  2. Don’t fret over gaining some weight. I’ve hit a plateu with still 40 to 50 lbs to go to reach my ultimate goal for now. Just gotta keep going, not give up and not make any drastic changes that will end up discourating in the end.

    1. @Jeff

      I appreciate the words. It was just frustrating because I KNEW I was backsliding and just couldn’t be bothered to stop it. Hopefully that it all in the past. Thanks for reading!

  3. You are amazing!! I’m so proud of you! A lot of us are working on our weight. I do pretty good using myfitnesspal. We are all here for support!

  4. Well Grant, I think you look great. It is interesting to hear you say this was your secret. I am also on the same track to lose weight. I did so well at the beginning of the school year and then got stuck. The holidays were horrible as I just couldn’t resist the great food that is only available this time of year. With the holidays behind us, I hope we all can get back on track and drop those extra pounds that we are carrying around. Keep up the great work! I’m rooting for you. Keep the updates coming, it will be nice to hear about your success!

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