Byron Eaton: I'm Losing It

Byron Eaton returned to Stillwater on Sunday evening after spending three weeks at home in Dallas, and he was hungry. Hungry enough to go to Long John Silver's in Stillwater and treat himself. But unlike in year's past, when he often helped himself to a late-night snack at one of Stillwater's fast-food restaurants, the Oklahoma State point guard paid the price for his transgressions on Monday.

Eaton, who has been overweight throughout the first two years of his college career, is making an effort to be in playing shape by the time practice begins in October. Thus, his trip Sunday night to Long John Silver's for fish and fries was probably not viewed favorably by the Cowboy coaching staff. Especially since it was around 9:30 – way after a self-imposed deadline of no food after 8 p.m.

"If I do that I have to pay the price the next day," said Eaton, who said Tuesday that he now weighs 213 pounds. "Last year I would have probably said, ‘Oh well, if I get it off, I get it off.' But I'm more dedicated to my team and myself this year. I ran on the treadmill for 15 minutes, got on the StairMaster for 15 minutes and ran around the track for 15 minutes ... and I had my 15-pound weight suit on. That's my buddy."

Eaton hopes to weigh around 205 pounds by the time practice officially begins in mid-October. He played much of last season around 225 to 230 pounds, and had a goal this summer to lose two pounds a week. He weighed a disappointing 223 pounds when he left Stillwater to return home after the second summer session ended in late July.

But he lost eight pounds while home for three weeks, and returned to Oklahoma State weighing 215 pounds. And he has lost two more pounds in the two days since returning to school.

"Before I left I was supposed to be at 217, but I'm back on track now," he said Tuesday before joining his Cowboy teammates for a pickup game on the Gallagher-Iba Arena floor. "If I lose just one pound a week before we start practice then I'll be right where I want to be (at 205)."

Eaton says that his weight-loss program includes exercise and watching what he eats. "I'm eating a lot of grilled chicken. When I was home, my mom will make some fried chicken but she'll bake my chicken for me. It's just a lot of little things that are showing up now."

McDonald's and Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits are no longer the destinations of Eaton late at night. "I haven't been to McDonald's in a long time. When I do go, I get a fish sandwich with no fries," he said.

Eaton says he really began noticing a difference in his game since dropping the weight. "When I was at home I was playing against a lot of guys (who play professionally) from overseas, but when I got back here (and began playing pickup games with his Cowboy teammates), I noticed a big difference. I'm a lot faster and a lot better."

For a more in-depth look at Eaton, and his role as a leader for the 2007-08 Cowboys, pick up the latest issue of Go Pokes Magazine. The Cowboy point guard talks about his new role now that JamesOn Curry is in the NBA, and the extra responsibilities that head coach Sean Sutton has given him for his junior season. Go Pokes Magazine is available on newsstands throughout the state, and you can order By Clicking Here, or by calling our customer service center at 1-888-501-5752.

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