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Project HUGE: Max Squat Is Watching Over Me

By Ben Nadel on

I have been concentrating on watching what I eat and dropping some weight lately. I got on the scale at the gym a few days ago and it read 205 lbs.. I haven't been that light since College, so things are going in the right direction. As I have discussed before, purposely losing weight has been a hard task for me not only physically but especially from a mental perspective. I am just gonna suck it up, not worry about gaining muscle, and aim for my goal, which is to be able to wear a fitted long sleeve shirt this winter, tucked in, without feeling totally self conscious. Not sure if I will get there (this year), but I got my fingers crossed.

In order to help me control what I eat, which can be especially hard in the office where my boss keeps us supplied with pretzels and potato chips, I have gotten myself a Max Squat X-Treme Figurine to watch over me:


 
 
 

 
Max Squat X-Treme Figurine Watching Over Me, Helping Me Lose Weight  
 
 
 

He sits comfortably on the top of my computer which, in turn, sits on my desk just to the left of me. He stares at me all day long, keeping me in check. Hopefully he can stop me from being weak, help keep me on track.

Max Squat: He dude, where you going?

Ben: I was just gonna go get a pretzel.

Max Squat: You should probably man-up and have protein shake instead.

Ben: But I just had one of those an hour ago.

Max Squat: Then what are you doing getting a pretzel?

Ben: I just wanted to stretch my legs and get a snack.

Max Squat: Oh Ok, cool. I just thought you were still doing that whole "trying to not be so fat" thing.

Ben: I don't think one pretzel is gonna make me fat.

Max Squat: And I didn't think sleeping with your mom was gonna give me Gonorrhea.

Ben: Dude! That comment is wildly inappropriate!

Max Squat: Your fatness is wildly inappropriate!!

Ben: Alright! I won't get the god damned pretzel!

Max Squat: There you go big man; that's what I wanted to hear. Just remember - losing weight isn't supposed to be easy. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Ben: Thanks Max Squat - you got my back.

Max Squat: That's what I'm here for. Now, get back to work.


 
 
 

 
Max Squat X-Treme Figurine Watching Over Me, Helping Me Lose Weight  
 
 
 

I just got him yesterday, so I can't tell you if it's working just yet. I can tell you, though, that I'm already feeling a little more empowered. Inside the office is really where I need the help. Outside of the office, it's pretty easy to eat well; I have no food in my apartment, so there are no temptations there. And, once I have to actually go out and find food, it's easy enough to make the decision to get something healthy since I'm already going out of my way.

Of course, don't think that I'm gonna starve myself; when I go out with friends, I get BBQ ribs or a burger with fries. I am a firm believer that you have to enjoy food (and is there anything better than BBQ ribs?!?!) - you just don't have to enjoy food all the time. Max Squat is gonna be my guardian angel - he's gonna yell at me when I eat the crap that I eat when I simply don't feel like sitting at my desk any more.


 
 
 

 
Max Squat X-Treme Figurine Watching Over Me, Helping Me Lose Weight  
 
 
 


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Man, I have to tell you that I was really embarrassed and self-conscious when they asked me to be the model for that figurine, but hearing that it's helping someone reach their own fitness goals makes it all worth it. :-)

Good luck and all the best,

Max

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Mister

we are a little club in france
we want to use your 3D muscle-man to make trophies for our members
can you sell to us the 3d object file of your 3d muscle man if it's exist ?
for what price and what file format ? (dxf, 3ds...)

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@Rokt,

This is not mine - I purchased it. There are lots of different onces, although they are a bit rare (for some reason, these things are not hugely popular). Try doing a google search for "extreme figurines" or "xtreme figurines". You'll see them come up.

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