Week fiveA couple weeks ago, I weighed in and found that I’d lost two pounds. Last week, I lost four more. This week? Another two. Two pounds I can visualize. I just think of a couple packs of ground beef at a grocery store. But I was having a hard time picturing the difference in weight between 307, where I started out, and 292, where I am now. Then I found out about the Belly Buster burger at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pa. "It has everything,” said Jenn Grimm, floor manager. "Literally everything: bun, meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, banana pepper rings, ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles and mayo.” Sound good? You might want to hold off on ordering. "The burger itself weighs 15 pounds,” Grimm said. "Once it’s decked out, it actually weighs about 22 pounds.” I’ve seen photographs of this sandwich. It’s terrifying. Each half of the bun is about as big around as a large pizza and probably 2 inches thick. The meat overhangs the bun and is about 3 inches thick. I have no idea how they manage to cook it all the way through. Most of the toppings are hidden beneath — or perhaps smashed by — that gigantic beef patty, although molten cheese can be seen atop it, shining like bald spots amid the grease. A 15-pound disk of ground beef isn’t a sandwich. It’s a tire. That’s how much I’ve lost since April 1. Fifteen pounds. Ditching that much weight has been arduous. I’ve been careful about my food choices and have spent more time working out than in the previous five years combined. I’ve shed so much sweat it could’ve filled a kiddie pool, and I’ve spent so much time at the gym it sometimes seems that all I do is sleep, work and exercise. Given that, I can’t imagine eating even a portion of one of those Belly Busters, let alone the whole thing. Yet that’s what some people do. "We have one kid who ate it twice,” Grimm said. "The first time he did it in 4 hours and 37 minutes. The second time he beat that time. I can’t remember by how much, but he beat it.” Maybe next time he should challenge himself a little. The restaurant also sells the Belly Bruiser (50 pounds, $179.95) and the Main Event Burger (100 pounds, $379.95). I think I’ll stick with Subway.
Staff Writer Ken Raymond began a yearlong weight loss and fitness journey on April
1. Here are his stats: Age: 40 Height: About 6 feet 1 inch Beginning weight: 307 pounds Current weight: 292 pounds