Setting Some Personal Goals

Toward the end of last year, my wife made a big deal about my blogging. I’ve always been a sporadic writer, more comfortable with an article or white paper than regular blogs, believe it or not. Over the years I’ve maintained a few blogs, but this one has been difficult for me. I was trying to maintain a theme, but I think I’m just going to relax a bit more and let the personality flow.

One of the big things happening in my life right now is that I entered 20-20 at the ProClub in Redmond. For those of you outside the influence of the Microsoft behemoth, you are probably not familiar with this amazing program.

When I moved back from my 1-year stint in Utah, I came across a good friend who looked stick thin, having lost 60+ pounds. My first thought was that something terrible was happening to him, like cancer. But while I was away he had gone on the 20-20 Lifestyles program. It’s not just a diet — its a complete lifestyle transformation, including personal training, dietician, regular doctor visits, psychological analysis, and group sessions.

Exercise is easy. Watching what you eat (and for me, how much I eat) is more difficult. But understand why I eat what I eat, when I eat it, is something I could not do on my own. And then understanding which foods my body has a hard time processing – something that requires professional help to determine. Thankfully, Microsoft pays 80% of the cost as one of their benefits. So I signed up. Three months for phase 1, 3 months for phase 2. I just completed week 1, and I’m in it until December.

I was inspired by a co-worker to track my progress online. I’d like to capture my thoughts and successes on this blog, and share some of my experiences throughout. For starters, my weigh-in was last week, and I came in at 223. Not the heaviest I’ve ever been, but about 35 more than I’d like to be. Target weight is 185. Check-ins with my nutritionist are every Wednesday, so I should have an update tomorrow afternoon.

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.