Catching Up With My Weight Loss
So it turns out that I was wrong last week and that the weight loss challenge at Nutrition Connection actually comes to a close this week. It turns out that they only wanted us to be there early so that the contestants could get the body measuring out of the way. Last week I lost a total of 11.6 lbs, which is probably one of the best losses I’ve had before. That being said, I was looking forward to the contest being over so I could relax a bit. I am definitely starting to feel a little “burnt out” on how hard I’m pushing my own weight loss and I could use a little bit of a break. But on the other hand I really want to win the contest. I am also finding myself in situations where my weight loss has come in handy, such as going to a movie theater where the arm rests don’t go up. My clothes are starting to look baggier than what I consider appropriate for work. It was recommended to me that I go to Goodwill or other second hand stores to look for cheap clothes, since I’ll end up in the same situation with those too. I’m also going to scan eBay for some shirts too since my pants can always be let in.
I also want to stress that I am not “getting tired’ of losing weight or burning out on it. I have however, really been pushing myself quite a bit to lose as much weight as possible these past several weeks in order to win the contest. I am starting to question just how good it is for me to lose so much weight so rapidly. I’ve discussed before that when you lose over two pounds a week you start to risk losing muscle mass. Also, your chances of having yourself regain the weight goes up quite a bit because most likely you’re doing something extreme to lose the weight. I personally have been doing things like really cranking up my exercise and cutting back on my calories. It’s really not something that I feel is sustainable in the long run, but I do think that I can do it for one more week. After the competition I will go back to eating my full 2800 calories, but I think I will keep my exercise going. In fact, I would like to expand my exercising to other activities.
The family has been looking into biking as a possible solution for exercise on the weekends. I’ve tried a couple of bikes out, but I don’t know if I’ve found one that I’m quite comfortable with. My father-in-law’s seemed reasonable, but it was a bit too high for me. I have a friend who reconstructs bikes from older ones, but there was something about pedaling it that seemed a bit “off” to me. I might go down to the local bike shop and see how a couple of different bikes feel to me as well. The downside of biking is that I’m going to need to be fairly selective on which bike we purchase in order to support my body. My friend who constructs bikes has been helping me quite a bit on what kind of rims, spokes, and other components I should look for so that we don’t purchase something that will break easily if I hit a pothole or something else. Of course the problem could be that I haven’t ridden a bike in over 20 years and I have no idea what it feels like either.
This Week’s Main Topic
Body Transformation and Weight Loss Challenge
Even though I spent some of time in the introduction talking about how I was a bit burned out on the weight loss challenge I was involved in currently, I am looking at joining another one. The thing I like about challenges is that they drive me to do better and to improve myself, but it is easy to become dismayed and quit. I remember my first one that I joined I really blew it off. I did my own thing and drank my own protein drink; and ultimately I failed. The ultimate reasons I failed is that I didn’t trust that someone might know better than myself on how to lose weight, and I just didn’t put in the effort. Weight loss can be effortless, but it does require a massive amount of determination and life style changes in order to become successful. All the while I am constantly trying to re-program myself not to desire pigging out by eating a hamburger the size of my head; and maybe having some fruit or recognizing what is triggering this behavior. Thankfully many of the times that I’m weak I have a family that keeps me on track by supporting my weight loss. Without their help and support I wouldn’t have lost half the weight that I currently have.
But once you get rolling in a challenge the enthusiasm that builds is almost intoxicating. It feels good to be successful and to know that you can overcome past behaviors. Even if you don’t “win” the contest, you get the chance to build some relationships with others who are in the same situation as yourself. This is a great opportunity to form a large support system and to make some friends. This kind of support is invaluable and can be the key to future weight loss after the challenge is over. Plus, I also like to keep in mind something my wife said recently, “Even if Dodge doesn’t win, the real prize that he’s won is all the weight that he’s lost.” And she’s right. Even if I do win the money for the challenge, money will come and go. My health is invaluable.
So the reason that I’m talking about the next challenge that I’m going to be participating in is that this one is going to be open to anyone who wants to join. However, like all contests there are a few stipulations you should know about first:
- You must complete your entry form by June 9th.
- You will need to submit a $10.00 entry fee
- You will need to submit “before” pictures of all four sides of your body with a newspaper (for date verification).
- You must also submit your starting weight, measurements, and body fat %.
- You must attend the Michigan Success Training Seminar (STS) on September 15th in order to win.
- You must be using Herbalife products.
Other information that is relevant to the contest:
- There are 6 categories of competition
- Total Body Weight % Lost
- Total Body Fat % Lost
- Best Overall Male Before/After Muscle Definition
- Best Overall Female Before/After Muscle Definition
- Best 55 and Older Male Before/After
- Best 55 and Older Female Before/After
- The top 3 win from each category
- There will also be a “Grand Champion”
- The final event is a Red Carpet Recognition in Marshall, MI
- The contest begins for each participant the day the Before Picture and other information is submitted
- The Final Entry Blank and photos will need to be completed exactly 12 weeks from the date the original photos and entry were completed.
I would like to personally offer my help to anyone who wants to join the challenge. If you aren’t using Herbalife and/or you don’t have a Nutrition Club, I know that the one I go would be more than willing to help you out. All you need to do is email me at email@example.com and I’ll get things rolling. I will also be willing to give you a discount on Herbalife products if you need them for the entire duration of the challenge. It would be great to have some listeners join in the fun! If think that you’re too far outside my area, but you’re still interested (and you can attend the final STS) let me know and we’ll work on seeing if there is a local club near you that might be participating.
Letters and Comments
I am Avid CSTM listener, when I found out you also ran this podcast. First off let me commend you for wanting to be heathly. I do too! Im 18 years old and currently 350 pounds. Ive been overweight since middle school. Its due to my gaming sedintary lifestyle. About a month ago I sought out a nutrionist for help on how to eat better. I finally wanted to be thinner to enjoy life better. I havent heard all of your podcast yet, but if you can see a nutrionist, they can explain the best ways to eat and exercise. I could be wrong but i was told to walk 20 minutes per day. 4 miles is great but thats hard to keep up everyday. I was told eat whole bread, drink skim milk, etc. I recently got a job unloading trucks. And between the food, and exercise ive lost 20 pounds. Theres to much to explain what ive learned but there are ways to eat a lot, or more food, but still be able to lose weight. Good luck! And I wish you well on your journey.
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