Biggest Loser

Biggest Loser started last month at my school, and I decided that I should join this time. Bri and I have our own place now so we have the ability to keep healthier food around and access to the kitchen whenever we need it. I had no excuse to not join.

I don't expect to win this year. Don't get me wrong, if I wanted to win I would win, but I would be miserable the whole time and I would put the weight right back on. Biggest Loser would be some motivation for me, but it would not be the goal itself.

It is unhealthy to lose weight too quickly, for whatever reason. A pound a week seems to be the standard, healthy amount. A pound a week isn't going to do too much for me in the Biggest Loser contest, which is only 3 months (12 pounds) long. If I can change my lifestyle, though, and keep up the dieting for a longer time, I could lose as much weight as I want.

So here's my new goal: A pound a week for a year. That will amount to a net loss of, you guessed it, 52 pounds, which will leave me at a healthy 180 pounds. For a man of 5 feet 8 inches 180 pounds is still considered overweight according to most height/weight charts (I am currently obese, apparently) but I don't think the "healthy" range of 130-170 pounds would actually be healthy for me.

Progress so far? Well, so far so good. I've been up to this for a month and I have gone from 229.2 pounds to 222.2 pounds (a 7 pound loss) so I am actually ahead of the game.

I am not going to be strict about only losing 1 pound a week for now, and later on when I only lose 1/2 pound a week that will be okay too, as long as I am on track to have lost the 52nd pound by next April.


Chris said...

Did you draw that picture yourself? Looks more like your dad than you.

Also, I am starting to level out at about 0.5lbs per week. I have been at the eating-right-and exercising game since spring break. seems to be going well, i look and feel good. i would like to see how good i can make myself look. the diet and regimen of exercise i am doing is not daunting at all and is going better than i thought. so far i am at 170lbs and i would like to be 165 like i was at the end of last summer, but by the BEGINNING of this summer.

jdk said...

That's a great goal. Right now I am just focusing on the eating part. I am not eating as well as I should, but I am eating better than before, and I am happy with that first step. This summer I'm going to try to do some substantial exercising (tennis?).

I did draw that, and it isn't necessarily supposed to be anyone in particular, just a fat guy on a scale. Although I can see how the bald head and lack of a neck would remind you of my dad.

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