My name is Caleb Jenkins. You may know me from my work with the Microsoft Corporation , as a national speaker for the International .NET Association, or from my work with Improving Enterprises, Inc. I also worked as a technical editor for Wrox Press and as the host, cameraman and editor for http://CommunityCast.tv .

This is not my technical blog. If you are looking for that, head on over to DevelopingUX.com

I started this blog to highlight my fitness journey and to provide some great transparency and accountability a long the way.

my journey

Ok, I’m going to get a little bit personal and vulnerable here. If you’re still reading, then I feel like we can trust each other at this point. Ok… here goes. I’ve always been a little heavy. There I said it. I know what you are going to say, "but Caleb, I’ve seen you speak and you looked great!", I know, but I just carry my weight well (and I keep buying bigger clothes). That second part is true and has always been my answer when people ask me if I’ve lost weight "no, I just keep buying bigger clothes" It’s a funny come back, unfortunately it’s also almost always been true.

What can I say. I’m a developer. I sit at a desk in the office or on a couch at home and write computer software for a living. Not only that, but like a lot of developers I know and work with, writing software is also my hobby and something that I really enjoy doing… so then even when I’m not "working" I’m usually still sitting somewhere with my laptop. When I’m not working I’m usually on the road speaking at or attending a conference (with conference food)… what I’m saying is that my lifestyle doesn’t really lend itself to being that healthy of a guy.

Especially since I turned 30. It seems that every time I buy bigger pants, I draw the line in the sand and say "that’s it… I’m not getting any bigger!"… then I re-draw that same line. I was inspired last year when I friend of mine declared "Don’t just code better, live better!" I was inspired, just not inspired enough to actually DO anything different, but that thought stuck with me.

At the end of 2008 I was one of the speakers at a developer conference in Dallas. These conferences are a great opportunity to learn from others in the industry and also to catch up with friends that you only see at conferences. It’s an interesting phenomena about people that you don’t see every day – change is much more obvious to them. At this particular event I picked up a friend from the hotel and what’s the first thing he says to me? "long time no see"? "how have you been"? nope none of those. "Man, have you gained weight?" Yeah, he’s from New Jersey – he can get a way with being blunt, and yes.. and that moment in my life, I weighed more than I had at any previous time… thanks for pointing that out.

By pure happenstance, and unbeknownst to me, that same week my wife purchased a new health plan for us to try. You can imagine that when I got home on Thursday and she explained that we would be starting on Friday… I was more than ready.

me? I’m a snacker.. I like to keep my physical and mental energy up through out the day. Hunger isn’t so much of a reason to eat for me as is blood sugar and every levels. So I like to sort of graze through out the day. The problem is that when I go foraging for food, I usually come across Cheetos or chips or cookies… not necessarily the best sources of sustainable energy on the planet. I also like to drink Monster, the blue low-carb version. If you know me, then you’ve probably seen me carrying one of those large bad-boys. I even have a blue Monster energy drink on my intro slides that talk about who I am when I give a presentation. When my wife explained that the first step of our new eating plan was to start the day of with a low-carb, high vitamin – non-carbonated energy drink that we mixed ourselves … I was sold.

Two days in…

so, two days in on our new eating plan and I’m driving down the street when I realize.. hey, these pants are all loose in my legs! 4 days in and I really notice the room in the seat of my pants. I told you I was going to get vulnerable. And here it is. I carry my weight in my legs. Every pair of pants that I have ever owned has always been tighter in the legs than the designer intended, except for now.

Seven days and Seven pounds…

yeah. I did my weigh in on the 7th day. I’ve lost 7 pounds. That’s just amazing. I don’t expect to keep up that sort of pace, I know that it’s more of my body’s initial reaction to eating healthier foods, but here’s the real kicker. I’ve changed nothing else so far. I’m not exercising (I still don’t have the time). I’m not drinking even close to the amount of water that I should be (I’m pretty sure I drink about 1/10 of the amount of water that I should… literally.)  and yet, I feel great, my energy is up, and I’m not grazing for cheetos through out the day.

Two weeks, ten pounds…

I hit my 10 pound mark. Feels great. and that’s where this blog comes in.

I keep thinking about the things that I’m learning along the way (almonds are a great snack… and I just ate Quinoa… its am amazing food) and that I’d like to write about, but  that I would completely bore or overwhelm my normal blog with… so here I am. I think that I might start doing some sort of exercise in the near future. I’m looking forward to future weigh-ins… and I had this blog on wordpress set aside from a long time ago. I’ve left some of my old posts (if you look you can find them), but I cleared out the rest to make room for this. So if you’re still here, then subscribe to my RSS feed or subscribe to email updates and enjoy the journey!

less of me – so where did the name come from?

The name of this blog comes from a couple of areas.

  1. I am a Christian and a follower of Christ. John the baptist once recognized about Jesus in his life that "He must become greater; I must become less." – Jn 3:30. This is a theme that I hope to continue in my life. That people will be able to see the impact of Jesus on me and on our family – in life and in business.
  2. In a very practical sense: I am on a journey of weight loss and health gain. I hope that there will truly be "less of me" in the near future. 😉
  3. Finally: I fully appreciate the irony of a blog called "Less of me"… that is actually just me talking about the stuff that I am doing. Ironic!

Update: This "about" page has gotten much larger than I had planned. I think that I will break apart some of this as separate blog posts.


2 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Hazel

    Hi there, good luck with your weight loss journey!, I’m just starting mine, I happened on your blog by mistake as I was googling how to eat Mexican without tortillas when I found your advice to leave them out! Of course! I had honestly not even thought of that! X anyway I see what you mean about feeling your pants looser in the legs after losing a few pounds, how do we not notice the weight going on in the same way? Denial I suppose, anyway good luck again x

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