Hey Dad Where’s Your 6-Pack


It happened last night.  The two sweet, innocent looking young men you see in the picture above pushed the right button.  They found my trigger.  I was putting the kids to bed when I heard them.

“Hey Daaaaaaad.  Where’s your 6-pack?   Daaaaaad, what happened?  We saw a picture of you from when you graduated from college and you had a 6-pack.  What happened to it?”

Working with and meeting with hundreds of people over the years who wanted to make changes in their life, every one of them had a trigger.  A favorite pair of pants didn’t fit.  A physician told them if they didn’t make some changes to their lifestyle they wouldn’t be around much longer to enjoy their kids or grandkids.  They just got sick and tired of being sick and tired.  There was a specific moment that finally pushed them to the point where they decided it was time to take action and do something.

So now my focus has changed a little.  It’s on…

Now let me clear a few things up.  I work out very consistently.  My nutrition is good.   I do not hate how I look, think I am in terrible shape or beat myself up all the time.  I am in “good” shape for me.

But not “great” shape for me.  And that is my challenge.

A proper goal has to be measurable and have a deadline. 

My birthday is 12 weeks from today.  That gives me a deadline.  A short enough time frame I can maintain focus.  A long enough program to make some significant progress.

My bodyweight today is 197.  On Saturday, August 24th I will weigh 185 or less.

I preach all the time about tracking and journaling your workouts and nutrition if you want to make serious changes.

I am going to do that and share it all right here.  The good the bad and the ugly.

Each day for the next 12 weeks, I will post my food journal for the day and my workout (if I did one that day).

I would like to invite you to share your workout and food journal in the comment section of the daily posts if you would like.

So here we go.  Tonight I will post Day 1 of my 12 week journal.

Special thanks to Owen and Nikolas for providing the inspiration.



  1. I always love a good challenge! I will join you! If course I already weigh less than 185 🙂
    I’ll post along with you though and strive to reach my goal of 120lbs and be in pre-baby shape!

  2. Thanks for playing along Dawn. You can do it!

  3. Dennis Gunther says:

    Tony, I love the fact that you are willing to share your personal stories with us. I’m working hard to change my life and it only helps to encourage me knowing that you practice what you preach. Count me in!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for your story. .. Ricky Alton is helping me towards my goals !!!!

  5. Thanks for playing along Dennis! Keep up the great work!

  6. Stephanie you are in very good hands with Ricky. Thanks for the comment!

  7. Terri Hurst says:

    Out of the mouths of babes… I’ll be following along…just the extra inspiration I need! Tell the boys thanks!

  8. Great Idea! I lost a lot of weight ON your birthday in 1974. My goal is to lose 12 or more pounds by August 24th!

  9. Didn’t see your daily post to comment on so I guess I’ll post here??
    Workout= 50 circuit training + 15 min elliptical.
    Breakfast- oatmeal
    Snack-protein shake
    Lunch-turkey sandwich with cheddar cheese and humus + small single serve bag of harvest cheddar sun chips
    Snack- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
    Dinner-steak, grilled asparagus, glass of Chardonnay

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