Apr 18, 2011

Fat Guy vs. Fit (The voices of my inner struggles)

Today at the gym I wanted to hit it hard to start off my week right. I started with 20 min of interval training on the elliptical. I do 4 min at a challenging level and on the 5th I go as hard as I can sustain for 1 min. It sucked. I wanted to work hard but my body was fighting me all the way through the first 20 min. At the end of the 20 min I had close to 350 calories according to the machine and I started to decide what to do ....

I don't know if I watched too many cartoons as a kid but sometimes I imagine 2 different forces in a battle of fat vs. fit. Each represented by a guy on each shoulder.

Fit guy says "The hardest part is over. Just get to 500 calories. You can do that."
Fat guy says, "Holy crap! Get me off this machine of death! Haven't you done enough already?"

ME: Shut up fat guy! I am trying to listen to fit guy!

Fat: "Don't listen to that idiot! We need some chili fries!"
Fit: "Look at you. You are already at 500 calories now! I bet you can hit 750."
Fat: "Yea right! More like he'd like to eat 750 potato chips right about now!"

ME: Shut up fat guy! (I smack him off my shoulder)

Fit Guy: "1100 Calories! What a great workout on the elliptical."

ME: Yea, I feel great. I am going to do a slow cool down on the treadmill for 200 more calories.

Fit Guy: "That will be a new personal best! Way to go!"

Sometimes you just have to tell your fat guy to shut up!

I am so glad that I am finally listening to my fit guy. It doesn't mean fat guy is going to stop showing up but if you listen enough to the voice that encourages and lifts you up, the easier it is to send fat guy packin.



  1. Oh Michael badger you've done it again great insight thanks Barb

  2. I LOVE this post - I thought I was the only one who talked to fit gal and fat gal! LOL Great job!

  3. Sounds like my inner dialog sometimes. Even now that the fat girl is physically gone, she is still here mentally and constantly tempting me. She is a little demon who never goes away.

  4. I don't know about you guys, I like the guy in the middle ;) Way to go Mike. It's important to have a personal best.

  5. I have those two demons, too. Thankfully, the fit girl usually wins, or at least makes me push myself further than I would have without her!

  6. you rock mike!!! thanks for the daily posts--they really motivate me!

  7. What an awesome post!! (however, when I was reading "fat guy's" lines... I totally gave him the same voice that he had in Austin Powers! LOL)

  8. Hilarious picture! I do the same thing though. I fight with my "fat self" all the time. On a side note, I think you should invest in a heart rate monitor - a good one that has a chest strap - because I'm sure you are burning WAAAYYYY more that 350 calories on the eliptical. The best investment I've made in a long time what my heart rate monitor. It really pumps me up and motivates me.


  9. I don't have fit or fat gal. But when I'm doing something that's hard at Pilates and I wonder if I can complete the set, I go into "I'm a warrior. I can do this. I have inner strength. I"M AN AMAZON!"

    At home, I make exercise more like play. At the gym, I tell myself I'm a ninja or a superheroine or whatever gets me to go further and push harder. :)

    We do what we gotta to develop that strength--internal and external, right? :)

  10. I can definitely relate to this struggle! Many times I will decide between teh two voices by asking myself, "which one will lead me closer back to the person I was at 352lbs?" And then, I choose the opposite :)

  11. What a cool blog! I need to listen to Fit Guy more often, too. It's one thing to get thinner. It's another to just get healthier.

    Good luck to you. You can do it!