In general, I’ve done a lot of random things in my life. New experiences are something that keep me going and I generally like to agree to new opportunities. Coworkers are amazed at the random things I’ve done – one of which was to enter a weight loss competition. I did this in early 2011 and it was sponsored by a Kansas City-area fitness magazine. In a very public way, I put it all out there that I weighed 339 pounds. Over the course of the next 12 weeks, I worked out almost every day with a pair of fantastic personal trainers, ate a very strict diet and proceeded to lose 82 pounds and won the competition.
Coming off of splitting with my now ex-wife, it was a personal mission and something I took great pride in doing. I was on a high after winning the competition and had very high hopes of continuing to lose the weight. As you might have imagined, that didn’t quite work out as planned. Perhaps it was the big meal I went and had as a celebration that was a sign. While I was focused on winning the competition, I wasn’t focused on continuing to make lifestyle changes.
Cut to 2 years later and I have gained back about half of the weight I had lost. While working out continued to be a part of my life, it wasn’t as big a part. What really changed was my eating. I had no real regard for what I was eating, even though I know plenty better. There’s probably a thousand reasons why I ended up gaining some of the weight back, but the real reason is that I got lazy – a common problem for me.
But a new opportunity has presented itself, a new competition. My fantastic girlfriend and I have entered a new weight loss competition that is sponsored by a local nutrition business that specializes in selling Herbalife products. This competition is also for money. Since I’m pretty damn competitive, this competition is stoking that fire once again and I’m damn motivated.
We’re now 8 days into the competition and we had our second weigh in last night and I lost a pretty staggering 15 pounds in one week. That’s some Biggest Loser type stuff. But to be honest, I was a rock star this week. Charlene and I ate amazingly well – healthy foods, proteins, drinking more water, all very healthy things. We’ve also stepped up our games on our workouts. We’re running, taking new classes at our gym and working out even harder with our trainer.
What the future of this competition holds, who knows. It’s 11 weeks long and I have a goal of losing 60. Overall, I’d like to lose around 80 pounds, which would put me at 220 pounds. I don’t think I’ve weighed that since I was a freshman in high school. But the real proof will come after the competition. It’s how I will continue to make this kind of eating and living a part of who I am. In short, it’s put up or shut up time.
Plenty more posts to come as I update the progress through the competition and there’s more aspects of being heavy, losing weight, etc. I want to delve into. Until then, got my water bottle handy.
Until next time,