The Biggest Loser

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A small group of co-workers at the hospital I work at have decided to do The Biggest Loser. For those of you who may not know, The Biggest Loser is a weight-loss competition, based on the TV show of the same name. Basically, for us, we have decided to do it for 8 weeks. Everyone (I think it is 5-6 people) puts $25 into the pot and then also has to pay $1 for each pound that is gained during the competition. The pot is won by the individual who at the end of the 8 weeks has lost the highest percentage of weight. So I think the pot will be approximately $125-$150 or more.

I’m really glad that we are doing this because it has motivated me to lose the weight that I wanted to for some time. Since I’m a Capricorn, I tend to be a little competitive, so knowing that I’m weighing in each week and I may win some money, I feel extra motivated. I have a few goals of my own–I want to try to lose 10% of my body weight by the end of the 8 weeks–I know this may not be possible, as this would be more than 2 pounds per week, but I do have quite a bit to lose so I may lose a good amount initially in the first few weeks. We shall see. I also have the goal of increasing my water intake, decreasing my sodium intake, and increasing my physical activity (basically I would like to try to go to the gym–the gym that I pay for EVERY month and haven’t gone for over a year!–every day that I’m not working–which would be 4 times a week). I’m not trying to meet all the goals in the first week. I’m allowing myself the full 8 weeks to incorporate all of them so it’s not too overwhelming.

This first week I have been concentrating on my diet. I’m using SparkPeople, a website that helps with logging daily food intake, keeps track of nutrients (like fat, carbs, protein, fiber, sodium, etc), and keeps track of weekly weigh-ins. It even has ways to track fitness and other goals (like number of hours of sleep or cups of water drank) per day. It also has daily articles to read, a recipe collection, and community message boards for online support. It sends me daily recipes and motivational readings in my e-mail. It is extremely similar to the Weight Watchers online I used to belong to. The only difference, and the BEST part of all, is that it is FREE!! So, if you as well, are trying to “healthy” up your life, I would encourage you to check it out.

I’ll be updating on my weekly weight progress as another motivation to keep up the healthy changes. At this point, I have to say I’m still getting used to the change in diet. I should actually say Kimm and I–since I have started this, she also has started a personal weight loss challenge. It’s a huge support, knowing that we are both doing the same thing and can offer encouragement and can complain when we are hungry (which has happened almost every day so far!). We both know that in the long run we will feel so much better about our bodies, and hopefully our stomachs will shrink a little bit so that we get used to having less food!

It’s a daily challenge, but then that’s all we have to focus on…ONE DAY AT A TIME. Wish me luck so that I may be healthier (and hopefully a bit more wealthy!) at the end of these 8 weeks.

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