Monday, March 12, 2012

Fitness Challenge

In August, I gave a crap. I took care of myself, and ate in a healthy manner, but I ate that way because of a challenge put on me by my crossfit trainer. It paid off, and by the end of the month, I was in perhaps the best shape I'd been in since perhaps the birth of my first child.

I didn't have the right state of mind though. I was just waiting for the challenge to end so that I could get back to my old ways. And get back to them I did. I ate like a fat disgusting pig for months and months after that. By the start of March, I was in the worst shape I'd been in since I first started trying to take care of myself back in 2010. Almost back to step one really, and I was very disgusted with myself.

However, another challenge had come along. One of my co-workers organized a company biggest loser contest. I thought it was just what I needed to get back on the horse. So, I signed myself up. A few of the things that drew me to this contest were its length and the healthy competition I could have with co-workers that I see each day. The contest will last a whole three months this time, so it will be easy to create new habits rather than just outlasting my cravings. And trash talking with my co-workers about who is going to win could really help keep me motivated to succeed.

Whether I win or lose the contest doesn't matter a whole lot to me. I'd like to, because the winner gets $210, but what really matters to me is changing my lifestyle from fat disgusting pig to fit not-so-disgusting thin person.

The contest started March 5th, and so far I'm doing well. I weighed in at 282 lbs. to begin with, and I've already managed to trim down to 271 lbs. in the first week, and it was accomplished by way of mere healthy eating and exercise. I've upped my commitment at crossfit, and have stuck with my eating regiment. I'm pretty proud of myself so far. We'll see how it goes as the weeks stretch on and on though.

I'll report each week on my progress, and won't complain if you leave comments to encourage me. So far, I believe I'm in second place in the contest, losing something like 4% of my weight in that first week. But this race is a marathon, not a sprint.


  1. O, you bastard! 11lbs in one week? Show off. :) Good luck, though, man. You've got enough stick-to-it-iveness that that 210 bucks has your name on it.

  2. Good on you! I know you can do it. I remember you talking a lot about the good things that were happening in August too. How hard it was but also how proud you were and how much better you felt. You've already done the tough part...starting, now it's all yours.