Meet the team

Like every other obsession in my life, I blog about working out.  This brought in other people across the country who decided they wanted to get into shape and thus, the WWJTD workout team was born.  Once per week we do a post detailing our progress.  This week I’d like to introduce all the new FtB readers to the rest of the team.


A student at the University of Kansas and board member of the Secular Student Alliance.  Conrad joined the team June 20 at which point he weighed 220 lbs.  Today he is 191 lbs. and running 5Ks.  He’s preparing to run a Warrior Dash.  He maxes at 45 push ups, 14 pull ups, and his top 5K time is 25:57.


Sid came on board ten days after Conrad.  Sid hails from Iowa and is a runner who has begun working on muscle development.  Her 5K run this week was at 29:36.  Six weeks ago she could do a single push up using her toes as a fulcrum.  Now she maxes at 24 and can do 15 situps from a hanging position.

Sid is a sexy, sexy scientist who runs her own blog.


Our representative from Maryland, Stephen is the heftiest member of the squad.  He is also the member losing weight the most rapidly.  On August 31st Stephen weighed in at 343 lbs.  This week he is at 309!  He is coming after the runners on the team by turning in 4 miles on an elliptical in 52:20.  Stephen blogs about his health on his own blog as well.  Read his most recent health post here.


Tanya lives in Colorado.  If you can only pull for one person on this team, it should be Tanya.  She faces far more hurdles than the rest of us.

I have Fibromyalgia, which (aside from generally sucking) limits the kinds of exercise I can do.  Weight lifting, for example, is right out, and that includes exercises like push-ups and pull-ups.  I also have a number of old dance injuries that keep me occupied, things like bone spurs, weak meniscus, and stomach muscles that are prone to tearing.  No aerobics, no speed running, no sit-ups.

On the diet front, I have a severe latex allergy and latex proteins are found in an impressive number of healthy foods. Bananas, avocados, pears, mangoes, wheat grass, several types of squash, zucchini, all nuts except almonds and pecans, soy in almost any form… essentially, if a prepared meal is generally considered “good for you”, it’ll probably kill me.  The latex allergy also restricts my activities a bit, swimming in a public pool where everyone and their mother is wearing suits made from the stuff is probably a bad idea and a lot of low impact exercise equipment (like balance balls and yoga mats) has a latex coating so it’s easier to clean.

Did I mention that I also have an immune disorder?  In order to prevent myself from going blind, I take medications which cripple my immune system, hinder my body’s ability to heal from injuries, and generally make my liver cranky.  Yeah… that’s what I get for being of land-owning English descent.  Marrying first-cousins several generations in a row may not have been such a brilliant notion, guys.

If there’s a point to be found in all of this, it’s that most of the excuses people use to avoid getting fit and staying fit are just that – excuses.  Even the tiniest of steps in a healthy direction is loads better than sitting on your arse complaining about how rotten you feel.”


Recovering anorexic.  Around the start of the year I was eating 600-900 calories a day.  As I’ve begun working out, eating has slowly become easier.  I am eating more than I have all year right now in order to build muscle quickly. Some days eating is still hard, but it doesn’t control me anymore.  I eat the same thing every day, so right now my daily nutritional intake is…

Calories: 2,276
Carbs: 183
Fat: 25
Protein: 308

I haven’t maxed in a while, but I will include some new max numbers next week.  Right now I max at 11 pull ups and 41 push ups.  My maxes from a month ago are 215 lbs. on bench press and 365 lbs. on deadlift.

Why do we do this?  Because getting into shape feels awesome.  You can do more things and it makes you more confident.  Aside from Sid, everybody on this team was out of shape when we started.  If you are willing to make the lifestyle change to alter your diet and workout, you will see results faster than you think!  If I can help you, please let me know!

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    I’m 63. I have arthritis in my hip. I can’t run, can’t flex at the hip easily, and situps are right out. I also have a cardiac problem.

    However, I’m a racing sailor. This season I skippered a 39 foot sloop to a corrected* third place, two corrected second places and two corrected first places. In one of the wins our boat beat three of the four maxi-boats** on elapsed time. The old man is still competitive in a sport.

    *Every boat has a handicap rating to so different sizes and designs of boats can race together. Each boat’s rating is calculated using various measurements: length, weight, draft, sail area, etc. The resulting time corrector (TCC) is the handicap. After a race, each boat’s elapsed time (the time taken to complete the course) is multiplied by the TCC to calculate corrected time. The boat with the shortest corrected time is the winner of the race.

    **65 foot or longer overall length.

    • JT Eberhard

      That’s flippin’ awesome! Props to you, sir! *salute*

  • Deanna Joy Lyons

    After breaking my left tibia into little pieces and tearing my meniscus in a scooter crash 6 months ago, I am more overweight than I have ever been in my life. Thanks to my physical therapist, I have discovered the joys and benefits of regular workouts. I’ve always had a pretty active lifestyle, but I think I’m at an age and place where I need to have a more structured exercise plan.

    Lucky for me, my apt building installed a gym in it while I was sitting around with my leg elevated. It’s open 24/7 and free for residents, without that I probably wouldn’t go to a gym. I’m really enjoying lifting weights and doing exercises that strengthen my leg muscles. Cardio is a deadly bore despite listening to my favorite atheist podcasts on double speed, but I really like the way it makes me feel afterward, and in the long term. Anyhow, keep it up everybody, I’m doing it right along with you. I must admit, though, I’m an awful record-keeper, so I’m measuring my progress by which clothes I can fit into again. :)

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