Author Archive for: Matthew McNutt (Page 143)

Audio added to site!

07 Jan
January 7, 2008


I finally added some audio to my audio page!  Just click here to find where I’ll be posting various audio delights from time to time.  The two I added today were a radio interview I did shortly after the finale, and a message on perseverance.  The message, titled “Run the Race,” is actually pretty special to me because while it was delivered to my church, the actual audience was the 36 at home contestants of season three.  We were about half way through the eight months of our diet plan and it was becoming pretty apparent that a lot of us were feeling burnt out, frustrated, weary, whatever … the reality was, it was getting hard.  So my message, while speaking about spiritual perseverance and what the Bible has to say about it, very much used weight loss as a practical example of the spiritual principles of perseverance.  So, if you are in any kind of weight loss plan or lifestyle change, give it a listen – maybe there will be something in there to encourage you!


Biggest Loser Books

06 Jan
January 6, 2008


Well, I’m excited!  I’ve got a TON of Biggest Loser books on the way!  I’m kicking off two weight loss challenges in a couple weeks and I just ordered the materials … which turns out, is a lot of books!

Here are the numbers ….

30 of the Biggest Loser Fitness book

70 of the Biggest Loser Cookbook (with a picture of me in it!)

75 of the Biggest Loser Calorie Counter Guide (essential to any diet plan)

Anyway, I’m looking forward to their arrival!  It’s fun, but also essential to my keeping the weight off.  Every contestant that has managed to maintain the weight loss has done so by having some sort of permanent change in their life, whether it’s by becoming a trainer, leading weight loss groups, or joining some sort of sports team/activity.  For me, it’s the weight loss groups and speaking that keep me focused.


05 Jan
January 5, 2008

Wow, I got totally shut down.  Got an email yesterday from YouTube telling me my video clip from the season three finale of Biggest Loser was a copyright violation and that NBC had requested it be pulled.  I guess I was kind of caught off guard because I have had a few other clips of my time on the show on YouTube for a year now and it hasn’t been a big deal.  I guess the difference is … those other ones had a couple thousand views each over a year’s worth of time.  The finale clip had about 22,000 views in a few months – and half of those were in the last couple weeks.  That baby was picking up momentum!

Anyway, I had been telling myself it was okay to have my Biggest Loser clips on YouTube since I was in them … but after that email, I guess it’s time to wake up!  Consequently, I deleted all of them.  Oh well!  Speaking of YouTube, here’s a little gem from my sophomore year of highschool …

Diet Soda … causes weight gain?

04 Jan
January 4, 2008


I’ve read some recent articles about Diet Soda causing weight gain … which is mostly an explosive tag line to get people to read the article.  Every writer out there has to concede that in actuality, while it’s not healthy for you – diet soda doesn’t actually put on the pounds.  But for some individuals, it does make them more likely to overeat other things that do pack on the pounds.  In other words, for a certain percentage of people, when they’re standing at the register at Taco Bell (oops … now I’m hungry) or in other such food decision moments, they feel like it’s okay to have that extra burrito, or that double whopper or whatever because they’re making up for it by having a diet soda instead of a regular soda.

Here’s the reality: diet soda is not good for you.  It does nothing to make you a healthier person.  In fact, from things I’ve read, it’s most likely a negative influence on your health.  But it won’t put fat on you.  So here’s the deal, I drink diet soda.  I love it.  In fact, for me it’s how I satisfy my junk food cravings about 95% of the time.  And I think that’s the key; it’s not just one part of my junk food eatings, it IS my junk food most of the time (yes, I occasionally make a run for the border and grab a spicy chicken burrito).  So I’m satisfying my junk food urges without adding any calories to my eating.  So, if you can drink diet soda while keeping your other junk food cravings in check, then go for it!  Otherwise, you might need to cut it out of your system all together!

By the way, the reason this is all on my mind?  I picked up half a dozen cases of Diet Mountain Dew Code Red in Pennsylvania!  Woo-hoo!  You can’t get this stuff in Maine … a tragedy, I know … but thank goodness I have in-laws outside of Philly!  I have an excuse to stock up every half a year or so!  So here I sit, blogging about diet soda while sipping my Diet Mountain Dew Code Red.

Who am I kidding … I’m chugging that liquid gold!  Sure, I could string it out for months on end, but let’s be real here: I’ll have a lot more fun finishing all 72 cans off in three days.

My article at SYM!

02 Jan
January 2, 2008
 Hey everyone … the following is an article I wrote for the Simply Youth Ministry website … click the link to get the whole thing!
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Two years ago I became too heavy for the doctor’s scale to even register my weight – apparently the scale designers don’t think people over 350 …

Biggest Loser: Couples

02 Jan
January 2, 2008


I have to say, this season’s format is perhaps my favorite in some time; I wasn’t thrilled about the men vs. women (season two), I thought it was mean to mislead the 36 at home contestants of season three (we had no idea we would be sent home the first day until Caroline Rhea said it on camera), and it was cruel to let the black team of season four think they were being cut before it began.  However, I love this whole couples thing; accountability and support are absolutely key to weight loss, and I think these duos have better grounds for support and motivation than any other team.  At the same time, there is much great potential for conflict as years of baggage can come into play.  Should be interesting!

I kind of felt for Bob when everyone was rushing to Jillian … but let’s be real here; in all three seasons that Jillian has trained, her people have been the ones to win (Ryan, season 1; Matt, season 2; Bill, season 4), so it wasn’t really surprising.

So, my favorite for the season?  Grey team.  I don’t even know their names, but I’m partial to the color.  Maybe I’ll wear my grey shirt when I’m watching … speaking of which, I totally got a kick out of seeing myself two or three times in the opening clips of the episode.  So far I’ve been in every season since mine … even if it’s only for a few fractions of a second …

Biggest Loser memories

01 Jan
January 1, 2008
bl2 finale

 I was just flipping channels and happened across the Bravo channel … which is running a marathon of Biggest Loser season two today!  I only watched a few minutes, but it was strange – I hadn’t seen that season since I originally watched it … back then I was wishing it could be me, having no idea that only a few months later I would be winging my way out to the ranch for my turn!  It was fun seeing Dr. Jeff, Matt, Seth, Mark and others who inspired me to finally get healthy.  In particular, Dr. Jeff’s story was the one that finally pushed me over the edge to apply for the show – his desire to lose weight for his patients really resonated with my desire to lose weight for the teens I work with as a youth pastor.

I am kinda looking forward to the season two finale – I might turn back to Bravo for that.  While we were working out at home, the producers had sent all of the 36 at home contestants a copy of the season two finale for inspiration.  I literally watched it a couple times a week for the first couple months, and then every couple weeks until the finale.  Seeing their transformations and the excitement on their faces as they weighed in at their finale kept me motivated to push through to my finale!  Anyway, I had loaned my copy to someone around the time of my finale and they managed to lose it so I haven’t seen it since … might be fun to rewatch something that was so inspiring to me during my transformation!

Star Trek: Conquest

30 Dec
December 30, 2007

My favorite present this Christmas was the game Star Trek Conquest for the Nintendo Wii!  My wife knows me well!  In between everything else I’ve snuck in about five or six hours of gaming with this title!  I love it!  My first impression was that it was a dud; but after I gave it a second chance (and actually learned how to play) it really grabbed a hold of me.  I finally realized why last night: it’s basically the classic board game Risk (which I have loved for close to twenty years now) set in the Star Trek universe.  Great turn based strategy game which I find challenging, yet fun.  The graphics are good (although, for the best Trek graphics, Star Trek Legacy on the XBox 360 takes the prize), but they’re not going to blow anyone away.  One caveat (wow, big word … I’m impressed with myself); Gene Rodenberry (star trek creator) is probably turning in his grave – a game where the federation is trying to take over the universe by conquering and eliminating all other races?  Definitely doesn’t line up with the ‘core philosophies’ of Star Trek, but it’s still a good game!

Christmas in Pennsylvania!

30 Dec
December 30, 2007

Wow, it’s been a crazy week.  Last Sunday, after the morning Christmas service (which I was preaching at), we hit the road for my in-laws in Glen Mills, PA.  Normally a twelve hour drive, we were desperately hoping to be there that night.  See, Christmas eve, the following night, my in-laws would be singing in the choir during the Christmas eve service.  Maybe this doesn’t seem like too big a deal, but only a few years ago Herb (my father in law) was diagnosed with throat cancer, they removed a tumor the size of a golf ball from his throat, he went through radiation, etc.  And while he was told he would most likely survive all of it, he might never speak again and he certainly wouldn’t be singing.  Well, less then a year ago he was finally pronounced cancer free and cured, and was finally strong enough to return to one of his great joys: singing!  So it was a big deal for us to try and make the service so we could finally see him in the choir again!

Well, we didn’t make it that night.  We ended up crashing in a hotel and then resuming obscenely early the next morning and making it in time for the Christmas festivities with all the relatives at 11AM!  Sheesh.  I was pooped.  The service that night was wonderful, the kids loved seeing their grandparents in the choir, and I think the grandparents loved seeing them in the congregation!  The next morning we had our breakfast, gave gifts and settled down to relax when we got the phone call.

Herb’s aunt Vera, who had never married or had kids, so who had always been like a second grandmother to Herb and his family, had passed away.  So Wednesday morning we were loading up the van and heading four hours west to Jonestown to settle her affairs, attend the viewings and funeral, and then finally return to Glen Mills Saturday night.  It’s been a draining week for everyone – everyone knew she would be going home to the Lord any time – but no one expected it on Christmas.

Anyway, it’s Sunday and everyone is just kind of resting finally.  It’s been a crazy holiday … and now we’re winding up for a twelve hour drive home in the morning.  By the time we get home, I’ll have driven over 1600 miles this week.  Wow!

Boothbay's Biggest Loser Challenge winner!

19 Dec
December 19, 2007

Wow!  What a final weigh in!  For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been leading a twelve week “Boothbay’s Biggest Loser” challenge here that just wrapped up this last Saturday.  Basically, I charged people $25 (I’m not trying to make $$$ of this; I’m trying to share what I learned through the Biggest Loser), which was split three ways:  to cover the cost of everyone getting a copy of the Biggest Loser Calorie Counter book (essential for any weight loss plan, check the link below), half of what remained would go to the individual with the greatest percentage weight loss ($275), and the other half would go to the team with the greatest combined percentage of weight loss.

Well, 30 people signed up (awesome!!!), and the results are in!  Tom Dewey, a local man who took the challenge to heart, managed to drop close to 65 lbs in just twelve weeks for a 19.5% weight loss which easily won him the title and the $275!  Absolutely amazing!!!  He pulled it off by counting calories, journaling his eating, switching to a healthy diet and regular exercise.  True Biggest Loser style weight loss!  No gimmicks in that!  Two women won the team prize; Karen and Cindy weighed in with a combined 11% (I might have the number off by a fraction or so; don’t have the results right in front of me) weight loss.  I was excited they took the prize because they were actually the other two people with the highest percentages of weight loss in the group!  Most exciting for me, though, was the fact that every single person who started the challenge weighed in lighter than when they began, many significantly so!

In January we’ll be starting another twelve week challenge (towards the end of the month, once the holidays settle down a bit).  It’s exciting because so many people have been wanting to get in on the next one!  There’s even a church in the neighboring community that plans on launching one as well (I’ll attend their first meeting to lay out the plan and answer questions, and their final weigh in, as well as be in regular contact with the group leaders through the challenge)!  Should be fun!

In other news, I’ve been enjoying speaking at different organizations in our great state of Maine!  Last week I was at Central Maine Power’s health conference; before that I was at the Dept. of Transportations’s health conference, and in a couple weeks I’ll be at the University of Maine.  On top of that I’ve been speaking at churches, working on my articles for the Journal of Student Ministries, and even bouncing around some ideas for church resources.  Hey, if I don’t stay enmeshed in weight loss and maintanance culture … I’ll forget to keep the weight off!  That, and it’s something I am completely passionate about now a days!