So I am still extremely morbidly obese….

Biking Paul August 2016 with cookie

My BMI has gone done 12 points from 54 to 43 but that is still not good. Try yours: 

It has been amazing how much my body has changed.  I am down 16 inches on my waist and I am getting so many compliments (more than daily) on how good I am looking. I am fitting in clothes better than the last big weight loss when I went down to 325.  I am currently at 329 lbs.

I think what people are seeing is my attitude and how I talk about things differently now.  It is literally making me seem smaller/more fit than I actually am.  My waist is still 50 inches wide and I still can just fit into a XXL shirt. But from a medical perspective, I have a long way to go…..

I need to get to 185 lbs to have my BMI rate as normal. Don’t worry, I view this as only one measure of how I am doing.  The physical activity that I do now in a month is more than I would do in a year at 400 lbs. I don’t need to take pain medication everyday, just sometimes after a lot of activity. And look at that activity, especially the totals for June and July.  I gotta up my game for the rest of August to meet my average though….. :) The X-Warrior Challenge is on Saturday. EEK!


Month Day Steps Distance Comment
August 21 9555 5.12
20 10621 5.59 Cycled for 15 km
19 5293 3.16
18 3840 2.32
17 6448 3.97
16 12642 7.7 FATwalk
15 6945 4.07
14 11255 6.38
13 7588 4.54
12 9304 5.67
11 5201 3.1
10 2970 1.88
9 12115 7.85 FATwalk
8 4180 2.64
7 4151 2.45 Cycled for 7 km
6 5544 3.25
5 5742 3.59
4 7801 4.73
3 3367 2.07
2 4485 2.75
1 6598 3.78
Avg/Total 6935 4.12 145,645 / 86 km
July 31 8131 4.76
30 10852 6.64
29 3377 1.91
28 9720 5.44
27 9205 5.24
26 3721 2.28
25 5063 3.21 Swimming
24 5659 3.22 Swimming
23 7081 4.12 Swimming
22 7294 4.03 Swimming
21 7964 4.39 Swimming
20 7978 4.59 Swimming
19 8076 4.71 Swimming
18 3702 2.43
17 16560 10.44 ShoeCamp
16 7597 4.4
15 3752 2.22
14 3697 2.29
13 5080 3.13
12 3142 1.69
11 5217 3.1
10 9877 5.97
9 12715 7.41
8 10234 6.32
7 4852 2.91
6 11685 6.52
5 16793 10.41 FATwalk
4 10744 6.22
3 15209 9.08
2 13408 7.57
1 10551 6.33
Avg/ Total 8353 4.93 258,936 / 153 km
June 30 9972 5.57
29 7580 4.53
28 10672 6.28
27 4938 2.86
26 16601 10.91
25 9986 5.48
24 4925 3.08
23 6217 3.73
22 6128 3.79
21 5022 2.97
20 6039 3.77
19 7452 4.66
18 13703 8.08
17 12132 7.19
16 5955 3.87
15 8028 5.02
14 6659 3.77
13 3121 1.92
12 8307 4.58
11 14344 8.97
10 4466 2.69
9 4831 3
8 3779 2.17
7 10796 6.51 FATwalk
6 4941 3.07
5 8318 4.91 Callaway Park
4 12096 7.15 Family triathlon(not me)
3 8471 4.87
2 10872 6.68 Banff Hike
1 6149 3.91
Avg/ Total 8092 4.87 242,500 / 146 km


The ShoeCamp Your guide to a cool summer street look



Our first official FAT Project exercise initiative.  On July 17 we had nearly 20 people join us for the first ever ShoeCamp: the BootCamp for Regular Folks.  The point of ShoeCamp is to get on your shoes and move.  Deliberately designed to be moderate, inclusive and family friendly, the ShoeCamp is about enjoying the movement your body can do.  A celebration of the fact that we exist and have the privilege of movement.

We had also had the privilege of partnering with Complete Chiropractic and Sports Therapy‘s Dr. Shereen Kangarloo and Choose to Change’s Geoff Starling CSCS. Dr. Kangerloo led the class with Geoff providing support and photography.

Some of the ShoeCamp’s slogans are

Our next ShoeCamp will be:

September 4, 2016
10:30 am
Memorial Park, Calgary – behind the Library

The ShoeCamp is free and open to all who want to come.  Moderate, inclusive and Family Friendly.

Check out the photo gallery above and this video:

Oh yeah

Oh yeah


My profile… I wrote a quick outline of what I am doing in less than 300 words.

Chin size

Paul Completing the Try A Tri in 2008 at 325 lbs

When I was 9, I gained a significant amount of weight when we moved across the country. I ended up being 130 lbs in grade 4 and that is the start of my lifelong struggle with obesity.  From having to wear adult clothes as a kid to needing the seatbelt extension on airplanes for every flight I have ever taken, my top weight of 425 lbs was making life much harder than it should be.  Through tremendous aches and pains as well as trouble walking and doing lots of activity with my three little kids, I have struggled to lose weight for many, many years.


When I got married, I said this is the reason to lose weight now. (2005)

When we held our eldest child, I said this is the reason to lose weight now. (2009)

When we had our second child, I said this is the reason to lose weight now. (2011)

When we had our third child, I said this is the reason to lose weight now. (2013)

But these are not the right reasons for an individual.  I have to do it for me, I have to want it for me.

This led me to approach the Calgary Weight Management Centre and Dr. Shahebina Walji in the summer of 2015.  On October 9, 2015, I launched the FAT Project (Food Addict to Triathlete) which will document my journey from 420 lbs to someone who can run an Olympic distance triathlon.  The journey will be medically supported, with appropriate nutritional and activity consulting and every meal and snack will be photographed.  It has been ten months and I have lost 90 lbs, am more active than I can ever remember. We are scheduled to run the triathlon in Fall 2018.

Five Reasons we Regain Weight


My wife sent me this article:

I liked it and here are my thoughts.

We look for the fast track

I have a friend who is trying Dr. Bernstein this week and I am sad for them.  I have been in pretty bad mental states with regard to my weight before and know how hopeless you can feel about it.  The fast track does not work.  It took me years to be the size I am, and it will take years to come to a place where I feel fit and stable.

Obesity and Overweight is a disease.  I have it.  When I will be fit, I will still have it.  Addicts of drugs and alcohol always have to be cognizant of their relationship to their coping mechanism and so do people with food issues.  You can’t manage a disease in a fast track manner, they are just quick ‘fixes’ and in some cases can do permanent damage.

We see a weight goal as the finish line

I get asked almost everyday what my target weight is.  I deliberately don’t have one.  In many ways it is because I truly don’t know as my lowest weight as an adult is 325 lbs.  This has had the delicious side effect that I am always winning because I am feeling better and that is the real goal.

We diet for the wrong reasons

It can’t be for someone else.  When I got married, I said I would become fit for my wife – that failed.  When we had our first daughter Avery, I said I would become fit for her – that failed.  When we had our second daughter Adelaide, I said I would become fit for her – that failed. When we had our third daughter Arleigh, I said I would become fit for her – that failed. When we moved to Calgary for me to lead the Library Foundation, I said I would get fit – that failed.

This is for me.  For my life.  Because I deserve to feel the best that I can.  I deserve to care for myself and love myself and honour the amazing fact of my own existence.  There is a great quote by the biologist Lewis Thomas, that speaks to a core belief of mine: (refer to the combining of a sperm and egg)

“Statistically the probability of us being here is so small that you would think the mere fact of existence would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.”

We have unrealistic expectations and We aren’t flexible

Do you know what is realistic?  a 1/2 to 1 lb a week.  That’s it.  26 – 52 lbs a year.  Safe, healthy and achievable.  If you have more than that, you may not be eating for the long term.  People often as me about my diet. As in, how is the diet going that you are doing.  The FAT Project is not a diet.  I am attempting to eat now as I will for the rest of my life.  I have been at this for more than eight months and flexibility to adapt all the things that come with living ones life has been the key contributor to this project.