Checking In


Travelling while dieting is never easy. Of course, 20-20 is not so much a diet as it is a fundamental change in the way you view food (it’s a fuel, nothing more). My perspective on food has radically changed over the past 7.5 weeks on the program, and I am very aware of what my body needs — and how most food options on the road give far less than what want or need. It’s like consumerism, in general — the marketers package and sell what you don’t want and don’t need, all the while trying to convince you that you want, you need, you must consume (I’ve watched both Fight Club and Mosquito Coast in the past week, if you’re wondering what I’m babbling about today).

For example, I paid $7.49 today for a bowl of rice with teriyaki chicken. They heaped tons of sugary sauce onto it, even after I asked them to go light on the sauce (the girl in front of me asked for extra sauce, which037 looked more like chicken stew than a rice bowl, and I think I got the runoff). I picked at the chicken (because protein was all I wanted) and left most of the rice behind (white rice almost instantly turns into sugar within the body). And this was probably one of the healthier fast food meals I could find.

I went out and purchased a mini ice cooler for my trunk, so that I could better transport my shakes while on thi039s trip — and in-between buildings when I get back to campus. And I’ve been running mornings — over 6 miles a day. The attached photos are of the valley surrounding the remote Eagle Mountain where I am staying. It’s beautiful, but it heats up early, and the air is extremely dry.  While it’s much flatter than my routes back in Washington, I figure the higher altitude makes up for that. My lungs can certainly feel the difference at around the 4 mile mark.

My last weigh in before I left was at 195.2 lbs (27.8 lbs lost so far), and I’m looking forward to seeing my results when I am back in Redmond.

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and Office Servers and Services MVP, the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and CMO of, a blockchain-based video technology company.