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The Biggest Loser: Update #1

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16 February 2013.

So our first weight-in (30 days in) was Monday, February 11th. I’ve had some success at this point and wanted to share some progress, stats and thoughts.

I believe I mentioned in my initial Biggest Loser post that I was planning to track my daily meals (using the desktop/mobile application MyPlate by Livestrong and my running activity using the Nike+ desktop/mobile app.) Looking at the numbers is a way to keep it interesting and of course, visual. I find I look forward to tracking my exercise every day to see how it affects my calorie count.

So as of this Monday morning, Februrary 11th I was down 18.6lbs. My starting weight was 222.2 and my 1-month weight was 203.6. Pretty drastic. Mind you, Sunday, the night before the weigh-in I played 2 hockey games in a row and I woke up early to run 5 miles and do a few minutes in the sauna. The morning following the weigh-in I had gained back 3.5-4lbs. of water weight. Winner of the 1st weigh-in won $50, recouping their entry money along with a $20 profit. Amazingly, I was bested by a guy who lost 21lbs. in the first month.

I began the competition with a goal of losing 20lbs, which would be a 3lb. improvement on my 2nd place finish in 2012. With two full months of the competition left, I think that goal is in sight. In realistic terms and considering the water weight loss that contributed to my 18.6lb. 1-month weight in, I’ve really lost about 14-15lbs so far. Still not too shabby.

With no further adieu, here are some of my numbers to this point. Nike+ isn’t quite as accurate when running on a treadmill, most days I ran 5 miles or just over/under.

Run Tracker

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Weight Numbers

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The Biggest Loser: Part Deux

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10 January 2013.

biggest-loser-logoThis Friday (January 11th) is the weigh-in and official start to my company’s annual “Biggest Loser” weight loss competition. This will be my second consecutive year of participation.

This year I’m defending a 2nd place finish and 17 total pounds lost. I know I can do better this time around and in an effort to keep myself accountable and honest, I am going to chronicle my progress here on my blog.

My friend Blueprint (Al Shepard) responded to a question I asked about mental/physical health in my Artistpreneur Series and his comment has been fluttering around in my brain this week as a I prepare for serious dietary changes:

Now I know that being in good health is a big factor in being able to do what I love at a high level. You can’t be good at anything if you’re hungover, or eating bad food, or physically a mess. You may have some successes but you won’t have the consistency until everything is in harmony.

I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting with how my body reacts to exercise and diet. I have found that for me, positive changes in diet makes a bigger impact than exercise. Even with intense exercise and no real change in diet, I have never seen a large amount of progress. With that in mind, I am planning to track my daily intake using Livestrong’s My Plate app.

It’s a 3 month (90 day) challenge, so my goal is to vary my approach to keep things fresh and to keep me motivated. Here are a few points from my plan of attack:
 

  1. Hard stop on all soda and high sugar beverages
  2. Cut down on/eliminate snacking after my last meal of the day
  3. Eat protein in the morning
  4. Limit arbohydrate intake (I generally eat pretty carb heavy)

Last year I ran about 15-20 miles a week during the competition. I am going to build up to that as I haven’t been running much at all lately. Lastly, I am considering a month-by-month gym membership in month two to up my efforts.

I am going to keep my starting weight under wraps until the end when I can share my progress, but I promise to share both numbers even if I fall short of my goal. I will share the data from MyPlate and RunKeeper a few times over the course of the competition because analyzing numbers can be fun (when it’s visual). That’s it. Tonight, it’s Fajitas and Margaritas, tomorrow chicken breast, salad, water and sweat.