Today is the ninth update of my goal to to return to race weight by April 13th. I am in a "sort of" competition with my brother-in-law Mike to reach our mutual goal of 169 pounds. See my first blog for details on where we started. I think you will see we both tackle weight loss in a completely different way. The goal of this series of posts is to show how a couple of average guys get back to their goal race weight.
With exactly 4 weeks to go to reach my goal I am still losing weight at an extremely slow pace. I now weigh 181. I have seen 180 on the scale numerous times over the last few weeks but the facts are I have only lost 8 pounds since January 1st. I think I was confused with the contest. I thought it was who could lose the weight the slowest. I still have 4 weeks to go....I won't bore you with the details....Focus on Mike....He's the man!
Starting weight: 189 Mar 16th weigh-in: 181 YTD loss: 8 lbs
I did it!! 169!!
For what is is worth, I would have won the biggest loser for the second year in a row. Check out my weight loss blog from last year to see how I lost over 60 pounds and won the biggest loser competition at my work in 2012.
Since January 1st I have lost 13% of my body weight. At that weight I would have been runner up overall in last year's competition (and I still have three weeks to go and weight to lose). I am writing this on the eve of my March 16th weigh-in, and to be honest I did not want to get off the scale this morning. I saw a weight I thought was impossible to ever see. I know I talked about it a lot. A real lot for anyone that would listen...possibly too much (sorry family). But I said it, and kept saying it until it happened. This morning I was at a predictable 170.8. I know I have been talking about 169 for a while now, but at 170.8 I feel I accomplished what Dave and I set out to do. Tomorrow I will wake up and I will be 169. But at the end of the day, a number is just a goal, an ideal.
When I see success, I do not see it in black and white. In my life I have seen that successful people understand this. The "Success" they set out for is rarely what they end up with. It usually is close to the original form, but not exactly. Happiness is realizing this and growing into new adventures.
Since I won the Percussion biggest loser competition last April, I have lost another 25 pounds. In the last year I have lost over 75 pounds and kept it off. People say that I inspire them, but frankly, I would not be here without the support of those who reached out to me and told me I encouraged them. You are the inspiration that drives my success!
Starting weight: 192.5 Mar 16th weigh-in: 169.8 YTD loss: 23 lbs
Next Update March 30th!