Twenty-Five Pounds

Our Biggest Loser weight loss challenge at work is exactly two weeks away from our final weigh in.  As of today, two months in, I’ve lost 25 pounds.  Twenty. Five. Pounds.  I know that’s not a lot in comparison to some folks in the world, but man it feels good, and more importantly “I” feel good.

When grabbing 25 pound bag of dog food I can only think, “Holy crap, was I really carrying this much around as part of my body?”  And I was, and when you can visualize it in such a way, it’s brings it pretty clearly into focus.

Now you may think I’ve gone nuts and worked out like a fiend and only eaten sprigs of parsley this whole time, but that could not be farther from the truth.  The only thing I’ve really done so far is to eat less and eat better.  I only really drink water and coffee now for the most part.  And I use the application LoseIt! on my phone to track calories and try to stay under 1600 a day.  I do okay MOST days, but not all.  And if you look at my flickr or Foodspotting streams, you’ll see I’ve eaten some really good food these past two months.

The point I’m trying to make is, I didn’t make a whole lot of changes in order to lose these 25 pounds.  If I can do it, you can too.  Watch what you eat and eat a little less and that goes a long way.

Now early on I was walking a mile at lunch, and I bought a FitBit Ultra to track my steps.  FitBit wants you to hit 10,000 steps a day.  On a typical day I’ve been hitting 3,000.  Yes, ONLY 3,000 and I’ve still shed the pounds.  I really have not exercised much, it at all.

For the next two weeks (the homestretch of this challenge) I’m going to exercise by walking, using our Gazelle at home, water walking in the pool and limiting the calories even more.  I’m going to go nuts for these two weeks and see what happens.  Each member of the winning team gets $250 bucks, and that my friends, can buy a lot of sprigs of parsley.

Weapons of Mass Reduction

Earlier this week, my office at work embarked on a Biggest Loser weight loss challenge. I had planned on attempting to lose weight soon, so this was the perfect thing to jump start me. Myself and three of my colleagues formed a team, and we weighed in this past Wednesday. We are up against seven other teams of four people each. So with the competition so rough, we trained… by eating total crap.

For the week leading up to the weigh in, I ate all the nasty stuff I wanted as a last hurrah.

  • Pizza
  • Chili
  • Chili Dogs
  • Burgers
  • Burgers stuffed with OTHER meat
  • Gyros
  • French Fries
  • Garlic Butter French Fries
  • TONS of sushi (went for some of the deep fried rolls)
  • Meatloaf
  • Sausage Egg and Cheese McGriddles
  • Candy bars
  • Regular full-calorie Coke products

It was a great run, but quite frankly by weigh in, I was actually feeling ill from eating so unhealthy. So it was time.

As always with my attempts at weight loss, I need technology in order to help this geek out. So, I bought a FitBit Ultra and started tracking my food intake on Lose It! I’ll write more on that at a later date, but I really like the combo so far. We’ll see how it holds up.

So wish me luck. I’m off to an awesome start. I’ve already lost six pounds :-)