Wow, what can one good friend do for another? Create a contest to lose weight and have everyone sign up on it. What an experience so far. Having been a wrestler in my younger years, I definatley know how to lose weight. It is just over the years I have not really wanted to, so what, I was hungry. I had gotten to the point that I could no longer do everything had enjoyed when I was younger; mountain biking, running, exersize, working, touching my toes, standing up from a sitting postion ha. I thought I was just getting old (47 is getting up there). Well it turns out I was just fat.
Alittle over a year ago I decided it was time to lose some weight. I went on a low carb diet and for the first month did not do any exersize. It would have been difficult at 285lbs. So I just dieted for the first month. I lost about 15 lbs and the second month, started riding my bike. I had not been able to run as my flat feet had gone even flatter and the pain was not worth it. So I thought if I could bike, I could get the same cardio work out and posibly not be in such pain. It turns out biking did not hurt my feet, so I was off and running, well biking anyway.
Over the next 6 months I lost about 60lbs. I felt great. I was able to work with out fatigue and enjoy many of the things I had not been able to do for years. Like I said, it turns out I was just fat. Almost a year later Race to a Waist and the Super Shrink Me concept was born. Jeff thought I ought to sign up. While I figured I had no chance at winning as I had already lost alot of weight, I thought it would be a good opportunity to get off some of the remaining pounds I still had. I got 3 of the fattest friends I knew and we became a team for the next 30 days. I weighed in at 235 to my surpise I had gained back about 10lbs.
With exersize, biking (both mountain and road), arobic conditioning, and going back to a low carb, low calorie diet, I lost 14.6 lbs my first week. A great start. The second week was a disappointment with only 1 pound lost. The third week, 7 lbs. A renewed effort in two a day exerisizing and less food I lost 6 the forth week. For a total of 28.6 lbs. Not bad for a month effort. I finished the first month at 206lbs. I have lost a total of about 80 pound since last year.
Unfortunatly my team did not make the cut of the top 8 teams. We ended up 7.2 pounds out of it. On the one had I am glad as the intensity has lifted, and I did not know how much I could contribute during the second month. While I am only 5'8" I think 195 is a pretty good weight for me. This way I will be able to take the rest off over the next month or so.
What a difference losing the weight makes. I am so pleased. I feel better, I can participate in all the things I loved as an athlete again. As an sculptor my work is very physical. It was taking its toll on me; No longer, I can work away.
I am committed to keep the weight off. My eating habits have completly changed. While I still enjoy the peanut M&M's, it is fresh veggies and fruits that really make me happy. Ride on, I am the skinny guy on the left...