FYI, I don't believe in the Biggest Loser approach to weight loss. Quicker the better, only one "Winner" allowed concept, from the tv show that I refuse to watch. Frankly, I believe it gives unreasonable expectations for general public that doesn't have 24/7 doctor, trainer, cook and psychologist. That being said...
I joined the Biggest Loser style competition at my gym (Diesel Fitness ~ Woodburn, OR) this year. It was held February - April 23rd. If nothing else, I viewed it as a little extra inspiration. We had loads of extra classes and some educational seminars as well.
First things first... I did not win. Not even close. I set a goal of losing about 1.5 lbs a week and lost less than .8 lbs per week. And while I do wish I hit my goal, I'm damned proud of myself for doing what I did do:
I worked out, almost 2 hours a day, 4-5 days a week, for the ENTIRE time.
I also enjoyed myself. While I did track my food and calories, I attended parties, sports events and concerts.
I did not deprive myself. I did not starve myself. I did not crash diet. I did not use hcg or another chemical food replacement.
Here's the Tale of the Tame (Measure):
Item Start Finish Change
Weight 188 180.7 -7.3 (now 175!!)
Fat % 39 35.5 -3.5
BMI 28.6 27.0 -1.6
All measured in inches:
Neck 13.5 13.25 -.25
Upper Arm 13.5 12.5 -1
Forearm 9.5 9.25 -.25
Chest 44 40 -4
Waist 38 36.5 -1.5
Hip 45 44 -1
Thigh 23.5 23.25 -.25
Calf 15.25 14.25 -1
What I did do is win the "Healthy Lifestyle" award. It was given as a special award to the people who are the most likely to continue Healthy Lifestyle habits (versus the people who lose, gain, lose, gain.... ) I take more pride in this certificate than if I had one the whole 'game'.
How I see it is that I am a "Biggest Winner". In the long run, I will keep of the weight. I will continue to exercise. I will not need the Biggest Loser contest next year, because I will be at my goal (12-15 more lbs.) well before next February.
I never thought that I would be the one that people come to for advice, that is organizing challenges, that is getting "thank you" messages from people who I have inspired to get healthy.
Me. The girl who has been overweight, mostly obese, her entire life.
Me. The girl who has been called names, bullied, and had things thrown at her by hateful people.
Me. The girl who just fit into some pants that I have been unable to fit into since before having major surgery 8 years ago (10 pounds heavier than I was then, but WAY more fit and healthy now.)
Me. The girl who still has a way to go before I reach my goals.
Me. The girl who WILL reach her goals!!!
Spark on my friends!! Never give up. Believe in yourself. When you need help, ask for it!!