I’ve made a $150 weight loss bet – I have 28 days to lose an inch or two off my waist.
How did this come to be?
While running is one of my regular sports, I am also a fencer.
In a sport where people poke at each other with metal sticks, it makes sense to have protective gear. The standard fencing uniform has a mask, glove jacket, extra layer of an underarm protector, and what fencers in the U.S. call knickers, which are the pants.
The clothing has rankings based on how much force it can withstand to protect fencers against a puncture from a broken blade. The first level of protection defends against 350 newtons of force. The second level protects against 800 newtons of force. A newton is the amount of force that it takes to accelerate 1 kilogram of mass at a rate of one meter per second each second.
Now, it has been awhile since freshman physics for me, but I have the Internet, which tells me that this is equal to about .224 pounds of force, or about 5 newtons per pound. This means that the higher level protects against a sharp pointy object coming at you with about 160 pounds of force. (These are rough numbers, and I am sure my math and science friends will find something to correct. That’s what the comments section is for.)
I already have an 800-newton jacket and an 800-newton underarm protector that provides a second layer of protection for the upper body. I decided I would upgrade the knickers to the higher level as well. I measured myself and ordered what I thought would be a good fit.
When the knickers arrived they were, ahem, a bit tight. They were too tight for me to spend a couple hours fencing in. So, do I return them for the next size up, or do I try to lose some weight?
I have 28 days to return them, provided I don’t wear them or sweat in them. Based on the shipping date, that gives me until April 9 to either lose enough around my middle to wear them or ship them back. If I do not get the weight off or ship them back on time, then I am out a $150 on these fancy pants. (For the record $150 is about the price of expensive running shoes, and these will last much longer. I’m talking years.)
The clock is ticking, and I am two days into trying to cut calories and get my fair share of exercise in. I will keep you posted on how it goes.
I want a cookie.
(Starting Weight: 199.2 lbs.)