On Aug 28, 2009, at 3:42 PM, Michael Bluejay wrote:

Hi Ira. I always think of you when I use the crunch machine at the gym. I still don’t have visible abs but I think I’m close. My first problem was that I had a lot of weight to lose, but I lost nearly 20 pounds in the last 2.5 months, so I’m close.

On Sep 11, 2009, at 4:12 PM, Ira wrote:

Hi Michael–Congratulations on your progress and thanks for the kind words. Is it OK if I post them on the site?

You should write a story of your own about your fitness efforts. You know it doesn’t have to be a before and after tale…it can be a work in progress just like mine.

On Sep 11, 2009, at 9:23 PM, Michael Bluejay wrote:

Sure, feel free to post my comments.

About writing about my own efforts, well, I’m indeed a writer by trade, but I’m not sure anyone is so interested in my personal progress. However, I’m using my experience as a starting point for my next project, a website about weight loss. I’m also considering putting it into book form, because I think I’ve come up with a new take on the subject that could be quite compelling. But whether it makes it into book form or not, I’m using my own experience where appropriate as an example. (I collected lots of data, and have some good charts that illustrate the concepts well, I think.)

I loved your Aug. 17th post about how people are offended by your simply trying to eat healthy. Don’t I know about that. I’ve been a vegetarian for a quarter century, and a vegan for 20 years, so I’ve heard them all. And by the way, as far as diet discipline, that part’s easy. It’s cutting out the flour products that’s hard.


On September 11, 2009 9:28:11 PM EDT, Ira wrote:

Well I’d be interested, and so would the other readers who tell me they like seeing other people’s stories. It’s very inspirational when you see that anyone can make progress. Why don’t you write a little story about what you are doing?

On September 12, 2009 at 12:28 am, EDT, Michael Bluejay wrote:

Michael Bluejay marathoning—2005

Michael Bluejay marathoning—2005

This is the best I can do for a photo, and I’m afraid it’s the largest available. It’s from my first marathon, in Las Vegas in 2005 (in which I finished in 3:59:56). I think I’m about 12 pounds lighter now than I was then, thanks to my efforts in recent months. My goal is 17% body fat. I’m 21-23% now, depending on which of my monitors is more accurate.