The final weigh in was yesterday and I got second place!
I lost 7 pounds in the last 3 weeks. That’s 20.5 pounds overall. My total body weight percentage lost was 10.35%.
I lost more than I thought I would and actually came within a percentage point of the winner of the contest. Unfortunately, taking off my belt wasn’t enough to put me in first.
I plan on continuing to pay attention to the number of calories I consume so that I can maintain this weight and I’ve already started weight lifting this morning. Right now, I’m just skinnier; I need to get stronger.
Before & After:
Oops. I forgot to update this last week.
I lost 6.5 lbs in the last 5 weeks. That’s 13.5 lbs overall.
The person who was in the lead for most of the contest so far has been diagnosed with Graves’ Disease which has resulted in him losing 9 lbs in the past week even though he was eating a lot of food and not exercising. We disqualified him and refunded him his entrance fee.
That puts me in second place, but the guy in third place is only about 0.2% behind me. My birthday is this weekend, so that makes it extra hard to eat healthy. I was planning on going to a Brazilian steakhouse for my birthday dinner. Now that doesn’t seem like such a good idea. Especially since I didn’t lose any weight last week.
The Mayo Clinic recently did a study on the effects of monetary incentives in weight loss programs.
The study results showed that those involved in the incentive-based programs were far more likely to reach their monthly target weight loss than those in the nonincentive groups.
Those who were able to earn money for dropping weight in the study lost an average of 9.08 pounds over the course of a year, compared with 2.34 pounds for participants in the nonincentive groups. Furthermore, 62 percent of those in the incentive groups completed the yearlong program, compared with just 26 percent for those who didn’t receive cash incentives.
Chelyabinsk administration’s website said nearly 3,000 buildings were damaged to varying extents by the meteor shower in the city, including 34 medical facilities and 361 schools and kindergartens. The total amount of window glass shattered amounts to 100,000 square meters, the site said, citing city administration head Sergey Davydov.
I found these 3 videos of the incident to be pretty amazing.
Meteor flies through the sky in front of a car:
What it was like from inside a building:
I lost 7 lbs in the last 4 weeks.
I’ve been counting my calories most weekdays and I’ve been running on a treadmill for an average of 30 minutes between 3 to 5 times per week.
I’m not in the top 3 losers for the contest yet, but I think if I can keep losing weight like I have been, slow and steady may win the race.
I’m running a “Biggest Loser” contest at work for the next 12 weeks. We’ve got 15 participants that each chipped in $15 to be distributed to the top 3 losers.
I’ve only gained 7 pounds since my final weigh-in from the 2008 Biggest Loser contest. I could still stand to lose some weight, though. I did a quick BMI calculation and I’m a pound or two over the line to be considered overweight. It would be great if I could get down to a good healthy weight and gain some muscle mass.
Last time around, I pretty much lost all of my weight on diet alone. This time, my plan is to not only count my calories, but exercise at least five days a week.
Having tv shows on my tablet to watch while running on the treadmill makes that activity a lot more appealing. While that is a great way to burn calories, I need to do some muscle-building activities as well.