The Bad News

Berks County Eats is making me fat.

OK, that’s a bit of an overstatement, but my love of food and my lack of self control has led to me ballooning to my heaviest weight in more than 10 years.

On a recent wellness visit to my doctor, my official weight was 194. That may not seem too bad to a lot of people. But I was in the mid-170s just a few years ago. The doctor also told me that I had high blood pressure, this for someone two months shy of 32 years old.

With that reality check, I knew it was time to make a lifestyle change before my weight and blood pressure continued to trend upward.

Hitting the stationary bike in the man cave, surrounded by my NASCAR collection.

The Good News

Good News: Berks County Eats isn’t going anywhere.

Better News: I’m bringing my readers along for the ride, whether you like it or not.

My goal is to lose 30 pounds in 30 weeks. And in order to hold myself accountable, I’m going to be doing weekly check-ins here on the blog in a new feature: Food Blogger vs. Fat.

I’ll share everything, including my weight and weekly caloric intake.

But I’ll also share fun stuff, too. This is an opportunity for new experiences in and around Berks County. I’ll take you with me on hikes, let you ride along on my mountain bike and hit the links for a round of golf (or disc golf). Julie’s even threatening to take me to a yoga class.

My new diet and exercise regimen has already begun. On Saturday, Julie and I went for a 2-mile walk through Wyomissing. And on Sunday, I dusted off my stationary bike for a 30-minute ride.

The view from the top of Berkshire Heights on our regular walking route.

The Weekly Check-In

Admittedly, my home scale weighs significantly less than the doctor’s office. But in order to track my weight every week, I have to base it on my home scale. So here’s my official starting weight:


This is my first full week of calorie counting so next week’s blog will feature the first full check-in.

Look for my next weekly check-in on Tuesday, April 4.

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