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Chris Christie in the era of weight loss

It's time to stop breaking the promises you make to yourself to eat right, exercise and develop healthier habits. For the next three months, from 05 September 2011 to 05 December 2011, MISSION: INCREDIBLE focuses on getting healthier one day at a time. There is only one rule: do a little more today than you did yesterday to keep your promise of taking better physical care of yourself. Follow that one rule - EVERYDAY - and the changes you see in three months will be incredible.

Day 28

A funny thing happened while I was talking to a friend yesterday.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came up in our conversation. I very rarely talk about politics, so this was a switch for me. My friend asked if I thought Christie’s weight might be a liability for him if he decided to run for president. At first, the question seemed insulting. I thought to myself, geez, if we can’t measure a person on more important things than what size they are then we’re a pretty petty nation.

Then I realized it wasn’t a bad question at all. Despite Christie announcing that he won’t run for president in 2012, I started thinking about just how petty we really are. We were preoccupied with Bill Clinton and his Big Macs, Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits and “cackle” and Sarah Palin’s high heels...good grief.

I looked Christie up on the internet, and yes, he might just benefit from an invitation to Mission: Incredible .

In the story that I read about Christie, an interviewee mentioned, “His positions, whatever he's done as a prosecutor, any case he's ever tried, any opinion he's ever gotten out of a judge, everything - it's all going to go under scrutiny that we've seen time after time is enormously more difficult to deal with as a presidential candidate" from an Associated Press story.

Would that scrutiny include Christie’s weight? Of course it would. Does our society discriminate against the overweight? Of course it does.

Is someone’s weight relevant to their abilities? Good question. Depends on the work being done or the problem attempting to be solved, I’d answer. Tell me what you think.


We're all at very different exercise levels and we all have different weight targets, but it's always nice to know you've got company on the journey. We'll focus on three goals as part of our daily check-in: G1 - diet (the good, the bad and the ugly); G2 - exercise (your physical exercise for that day); and, G3 - healthy habits (things we adopt or learn along the way that help).

Here’s my check in:

G1: Breakfast - None.

Lunch (11:30 a.m.) - 10 oz. of grilled chicken breast, bone in, no skin (13 g fat/275 calories); two tbsp. of barbeque sauce (0g fat/50 cals); 1 tbsp. of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce (0g fat/15 cals); one tsp. of smoked chipotle Tabasco sauce (0g fat/0 cals); one large peach (0g fat/ 50 cals); one satsuma (0g fat/40 cals); water.

Subtotal: 13g fat/430 calories

Snack (1:00 p.m.) - one serving (nine chips) of Stacy's whole grain pita chips (5g fat/140 cals) and water.

Snack (2:00 pm) - one cup Fiber One honey clusters cereal, no milk (1.5g fat/160cals), one banana (0.5g fat/100 cals) and water.

Subtotal: 7g fat/400 calories

Dinner (7:30 p.m.) - 10 oz. (two small fillets) of tilapia (8g fat/370 cals), pan cooked with Old Bay seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and 1/2 tbsp. of stick margarine (5.5g fat/50 cals); one cup of cooked spinach (0g fat/50 cals); two satsumas (0g fat/80 cals); water.

Subtotal: 13.5g fat/550 calories

Total for the day: 33.5 grams of fat and 1380 calories.

G2: Walked three miles in City Park and thirty minutes of yoga and stretching.

G3: Saw a number on the scale this morning that I haven't seen in over five years. I'm -5 since the beginning of Mission: Incredible , which started on 05 September 2011.


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