EA SPORTS ACTIVE: I’m still a FAT ASS, but it’s not your fault; It’s MINE

Aug 11, 2010 by

I have one of the best weight loss products I’ve ever used: It’s called EA SPORTS Active.  More than a year ago, I set out to lose 150 pounds.


Sure, I can give you a list of reasons why that is the case: Child custody battle, change of job, separation from my wife, starting a new business, working around the clock here on the computer.   Those are some very hefty problems.

But the problem isn’t those things, the problem is ME.

On countless mornings, (well, I suppose I could add them up,) I thought about working out.  But then the phone started ringing, or I just didn’t feel like getting sweaty. Or, or, or.


So, today is a new day and I’ve tried to start all over again.  I went to church Sunday for the first time in many weeks.  I’ve got things turning around in my life.  I’ve set up boundaries to protect me from mean or unnecessary intrusions.

I started out on a low intensity workout today.  I also skipped in-line skating.  (I’ve never really been able to do that without the trainer getting frustrated with me.)


I really don’t.  Who do you know who does?

But I am, and I have to stop looking in the mirror and saying, “Everything looks proportional.”  It’s not, Donny.  You’re FAT.

Last night I had grilled chicken, steamed brown rice and green beans for dinner.  I ate more than two hours before bed.  I don’t feel weighed down and lethargic today.  I went to bed at 10 p.m and was up at 7 a.m.


I’ve asked for this before.  But I need it more than ever.  I weigh more now than I did last year when I first began EA SPORTS Active.  And you need to know, it’s not their fault.  When I was actively using the product, I dropped 45 lbs.  Diverticulitus and all the other stuff that’s happened over the past year just caused me to eat, eat and eat.  Even when I wasn’t hungry.

I’ve got to get my weight down.  It’s killing me.  LITERALLY.

Please, let’s re-establish a support network for each other.  Let’s tell each other what he had to eat today.  Post your menu or calorie consumption in the comments and we’ll all know whose being good and who needs some talking to.  That’s accountability.  That’s what I need most from you, and what I offer you, as well.


  1. Although diverticulitis is not fun (I know and I’m only 37) by eating more whole grains (preferably whole wheat) and a higher fiber diet, you can minimize the frequency of bouts. I have not had one in a year now. Watch out for “bland” eating – that can be a death trap. Look to sites like http://www.skinnytaste.com/ for idea.

    Also, go to Penzey’s over at Preston Rd and LBJ and get some seasoning blends to toss on chicken or vegetables to keep it interesting. If you go out, make it worth it! Tell the wait staff to only bring out 1/2 of the plate and box the rest up and bring the rest with when you request the check. They will look at you funny but they will do it. If it is not there, you won’t eat it.

    If the kids want McDonald’s fine but choose the Premium grilled chicken w/o mayo. If you want a Quarter pounder, only eat half. If fries are your downfall, eat just a few and then THROW THEM AWAY.

    I say this as a semi-member of the fat guy club. I let some weight come back but am getting it off. All told, I lost 70 pounds but have gained 25 of it back. I am working on getting back to 190 now. I don’t know if you have an iPhone, but there is a free app called Lose It that you can use to set a calorie intake goal and then track food and activity calories. A friend of mine lost 50 pounds with it.

    • Donny Claxton

      Thank you for your comments, and yes, I do now have the LOSE IT app for iPhone.

      Thank you so much for your comments. More always are welcome here.

  2. I am also on a journey to lose weight, and using my blog and twitter to help me be accountable. I decided I no longer wanted to be fat and that, “everything looks proportional” was no longer a viable excuse.

    My goal is to drop 40lbs by Christmas. I lost 20lbs last year and want to drop another 40 this year. I’m two weeks in and have lost 6 lbs. (you can read about it here: http://twistedchristian.ca/dadblog/my-dads-helping-dads-challenge/)

    I’m all about creating a support network to help me do this, and would love to support you on this journey. I’ve started biking to work everyday, and cut back on the amount of food I eat. I’ll probably have to start monitoring it a little more closely, but for now it is working for me. To help me stay accountable I update every Monday on my progress.

    If there’s anything I can do to help you out and give you support, let me know. I’m happy to encourage and support you.

    • Donny Claxton


      Thanks so much for this inspiring post. Weight loss is a hard gig. I know.

      When Bob Greene talked to us in Santa Barbara last year, he was talking about the different reasons people eat food. He didn’t mention of my favorite reasons: Because a lot of it just TASTES GOOD!

      You’re right about cutting back. And you’re doing the right thing. Do you have a Twitter address you can share with us and we can keep things going that way or do we just need to keep running links?

      I’m going to add you right now to the blogroll here on DaddyClaxton.com. Stay in touch.

  3. I’m currently doing the 21 day Clean detox http://cleanprogram.com I am only on day 3 but it is going well. I did a shorter version our first time around doing the 30 day challenge and it was great. I”ll keep you accountable, you can do it!

    • Donny Claxton

      You kick ass Renee! Keep it up. You’re gonna make this half marathon look like a walk in the park! Thanks as always for the support!

  4. KP

    Hey Donny! We’re here for you – you know that. I know you can do it. Taking care of yourself in every sense of the word is so important. Your mental health is important but your physical health plays a big part in that.
    You should jump on the facebook page when you can. Great community going there – tons of support.

  5. Stay tough. There are people out there rooting you on.


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