Back on December 5, several real estate types across the country entered into a weight loss challenge. Final weigh-in day is today, Feb 1.
Here are what the scales looked like for me on December 5:
That’s a loss of 13.5 pounds (or 5.63% of my initial weight”“ the contest winner is determined by whoever has the largest percentage weight loss, not total pounds). Not too shabby. The weight loss has slowed in the last couple of weeks, but the inches are still coming off. Apparently this old body is losing fat and gaining muscle mass. That’s a cool combination!
All of the participants have to donate $50 to the winners charity of choice. While I won’t win the contest, I’ve won something far more important.
I’ve won a lifestyle change. My intent isn’t to stop here and start eating and lounging my way back to 240 and beyond. I eat in a far healthier manner than I used to and I joined a gym and exercise regularly. I feel better and have more energy than I’ve had in a long, long time. I’m in this thing for the long haul and my goal is to get to, and maintain, a weight of 185.
Regular exercise works folks. When I first started going to the gym, I was lucky to get five minutes in on the elliptical or stationary bike. Today I regularly do 40 minutes. I’m also getting stronger as I can lift heavier weights with more reps than when I started.
The Real Estate’s Biggest Loser Challenge has been terrific. I appreciate the encouragement of everyone and the occasional smack talk. It’s very motivating.
If you’ve been participating, please go to the wiki loss tracking page and enter your final weight or percentage weight loss. We need to declare a winner and gets those checks out to charity.
And I hope you’ll join me in continuing our journey.