Monday, November 26, 2007
Well, the Biggest Loser competition is over. Here were my results:
Total weight lost: 26.4 pounds
% of weight lost: 10.29%
% body fat lost: 1.60%
Total inches lost: 13.5 (neck, chest, waist, hips)
I finished 2nd among all men in the competition, 2nd on my team, and 7th out of all competitors (18 total people entered).
More importantly, I learned a number of great ways to drop some pounds and inches when a plateau hits, learned to vary my diet and exercise to keep my body guessing and limit plateaus, and realized my goal for 2007 of losing 50 pounds (i'm actually at 57 now, aiming for 70!). And I am finding that I don't EVER want to go back to the way I was at the beginning of the year -- unable to sit comfortably in an airplane seat (OK -- that can be tough for anyone, but even more so when you have to POUR into the seat!), being short of breath just going up and down stairs, having to wear clothes that can only be bought at a Big and Tall shop (ouch!), and just not feeling good about myself!
I still have a ways to go -- if I get to 217, that just sneaks me out of BMI's "Obese" category and into "Overweight". At 5-11, I want to get to "normal" -- which in BMI lingo for me is 178. Still have 52 pounds to lose just to get there, but hey, I've been able to drop 57 so far and still have had a great life!
Onward and downward!!
Friday, November 09, 2007
Amazingly enough, my 9 pound drop last week was just enough to get me into the finals of the Biggest Loser competition! So the "prize" is 4 personal training sessions! Session #1 was yesterday, and like all of the other group ones, I was left shaking and completely soaked from sweat! Some prize, eh? But it always feels good later, and I am amazed at some of the athletic things I can do. As an example, today I swam for 50 minutes straight! Longest I've ever gone (as least in my adult life!). That would have not been possible a few months ago.
I'm up against another man for the top prize. One of my teammates told me he does not work (retired?), and comes to gym for 3-5 hours every day!! I can't do that! I have a life! He has lost 14.29% so far to my 9.51%, so there's a darn big gap to close. So this week it has been 20 minutes of yoga 1st thing to stretch out, 40 minute brisk walk at the track, then something at the gym later in the day. So I'm running at ~ 2 hours per day. It may not be enough to catch the leader, but I am going to give him a run for the money!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Today was a banner day. The final weigh in for the "Biggest Loser" competition I have been involved with. The past two weigh-ins, I had been plateau'd at 241'ish. So my PT gave me an assignment: boost my proteins and keep pushing hard on the exercise.
Well, it worked! Today's weigh-in: 232!!!!!
So, for the team potion of the competiton (which ended today), I am down 24 pounds, or 9.38% since the beginning. Better still, I am down 55 pounds YTD, and my original goal was 50. So now I am on to my stretch goal of 214. That # represents what the BMI scale says I have to be at to be considered "overweight" (as opposed to where I am at now, which is considered "obese"). My PT wants me to target my body fat % and try to get it under 20% (it is somewhere between 23 and 25 now, depending on the measuring device).
It has been hard work and some decent sacrifices. But I also learned a lot about how to eat, when to eat, etc. I also learned I can do it! Even at 50 years young!!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Can I crack 240? I was only 1.4 pounds away after my last weigh-in. Like The Little Train That Could, "I think I can, I think I can!"
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Wow -- just did some calculating for my workout today. The gaol: how far could I speed walk for one hour on my local high school track (which has a cushioned surface, btw!). Result: 6600 meters, or 16.5 laps! Equating that into miles = 4.10! I'm impressed! On the treadmill at the gym, I can usually handle 3.5 mph, but I never feel 100% comfortable or steady. I really like walking fast on terra firma much better!
Not sure I am up for running just yet. I'm just happy that I was able to go this far and that long continuously. Now that I know how far I went, maybe the next step is to set a longer distance (i.e..10k or 25 laps) and see what my time will be. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. This is all very new to me!
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