The last nine weeks of my life have been fairly eventful so as much as I try to avoid using this blog as a journal, the following lines will be autobiographical.
My school, in conjunction with our school district sponsored a “Biggest Loser” style weight loss competition this year. They did it for the first time last year. Last year I had thoughts of joining but ended up deciding against it. This year I decided to go for it.
Until I got married I was a thin guy. When I graduated from high school I weighed about 150 lbs, which is pretty thin for being 5′ 11″ tall. Upon my return from my mission I tipped the scales at a mere 135 lbs. I loved the Chilean people but the food was just okay. Plus I spent way more time walking around versus sitting around eating.
By the time I got married I think I weighed about 180 lbs. Since that time I have been steadily gaining weight. I think for the last couple of years my weight has held steady around 250 lbs. Even with my regular mountain biking for the last couple of years, including 3 times a week for the last year, I really saw no decrease in my weight. I think my fitness level was pretty good but I have been pretty fat for a while.
My motivation for losing weight centered around my appearance. I can’t say that I had any aches or pains or any health issues (that I know of) that would motivate me to lose weight. And I will also say that before joining this competition this year I had NEVER attempted to lose weight before. Part of my decision to lose weight was just to see if I could lose weight, if I tried.
I said in my mind that if I were able to lose 20 lbs then I would consider the competition a success. If I were able to lose 30 lbs, then that would be just gravy. (I should probably pick a different metaphor, but you get what I mean.)
Forty people from my school joined the contest with a $20 entry fee. That is an $800 pot of money! (Gluttony versus greed) The contest would last for 10 weeks and would be based on our percentage of weight lost, just like on the Biggest Loser TV show.
At the end of 9 weeks, with one week to go, I am in 2nd place. I think I have been in 2nd place since Week 4. As of last Friday’s weigh-in I am now down 37.8 lbs. I am 2.2 lbs from having lost 40 lbs, which has become my new goal since I eclipsed 30 lbs lost.
Fridays have been our weigh-in day and this coming Friday will be our last and conclude the competition.
I have lost the weight by doing two things: eating less and exercising more.
After doing some research I have cut my calories down to about 1300 per day. It is said that anything lower than that is a little risky.
I probably would not have been so aggressive except that my weight loss has come in the context of a competition. The fact that I am trying to “out lose” other people has been very motivating but I think may present some obstacles when the competition is over and I am trying to keep the weight off.
On the exercising front, Dad and I mountain bike about 30 miles per week. I have also added swimming laps at our nearby and very nice La Mirada “Splash” Aquatic Center. It costs $3 per swim and I have been swimming 3 times a week. I have built up to 60 laps in the 25 yard pool. That is about 1.7 miles each time I go.
Anyway, back to the competition…the guy in first place won the competition in the whole district last year. He started out at 220 lbs and has lost 48 lbs. He admitted to me last Friday that he feels ill. I have no chance of catching him. The guy chasing me, and in third place, started at 244 lbs is about 13 lbs behind me.
This Friday is our final weigh in. I will post the final results here on the blog.
Here is a graph of my weight loss: