Jul 102012

One of my inspirations in losing weight has been the weight loss journey of my boss, Steve French. (He’s the guy that introduced me to the Fitbit Ultra!)

He’s down close to 100 pounds, and is working his butt off to get even more weight off. Earlier this year, he was having some problems challenging himself to get rid of that last little bit of weight. He decided that he’d start a weight loss challenge at work.

We started two months ago, and about 20 people joined. To make it fair, we are going off of percentage of total weight loss since the first weigh in.

The great thing about it, is that there are prizes. Each weekly winner (If it’s not Steve) gets to have Steve’s parking spot for a week. Each Monthly winner for the first two months gets a 50 dollar gift card to Amazon.

The grand prize, after 3 months, is a 100 dollar gift card to Amazon, and Steve’s parking spot for a whole year.

As you can see, he has given himself a ton of motivation to keep losing the weight, so it’s no surprise that after two months, he’s in the lead.

Myself, I always planned on taking it slow, and didn’t plan on adjusting anything for the weight loss contest. I’m currently down about 3 percent.

I’ve been kind of at a plateau lately. For some reason I’ve been holding off on the things I’ve been planning to do, probably out of fear of failure, as I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with the amount of walking I’m able to do lately. I’ve talked on here before about my plan to start some resistance type training, including using my Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 Xbox 360 Kinect game that I purchased earlier in the year. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

On Saturday, I decided I was going to change it all up, for at least a month, and see if I can catch up to everyone in the contest, and if I can’t, I’ll at least further myself along my weight loss path. I decided I was going to do the following:

1. Switch to a very low carbohydrate diet. I’ve done this before and lost a lot of weight very fast. I know, that for my lifestyle, this is unsustainable long term, but in the short term, I think I might be able to drop some weight quickly. When I did this in the past, I went back to my regular bad eating habits, and gained the weight back. The difference this time is that when I stop, I’ll go back to my much healthier eating, and more active lifestyle. It should be a pretty good situation.

2. Secondly, I’m going to start various forms of resistance training. I’ll start by following the game that I mentioned earlier, but I also have several other things that I may do. I have one of those giant fitness balls for balance/core building. I have a medicine ball, and I also have some resistance bands. I may use one, none, or all three of them, depending on how the game goes. I’ll keep you posted.

My hope is to ‘catch up’ a bit on my weight loss from my current plateau, and maybe even catch up and get that 100 dollar Amazon gift card. I’m not that interested in the parking spot, as I like to park far away so I have to walk longer, but it would be nice for bragging rights!

Does your job do anything similar to this? If not, is it something you could suggest? Trust me, the motivation is great!

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  One Response to “Weight Loss Challenge at Work”

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    Hi Mike Enjoying your blog. I’m a fellow fitbitter, in Cincinnati. I see you are on a low carb diet currently. I recommend you read Dr. Peter Attia’s blog. Here he details his weight loss/nutrition journey. http://eatingacademy.com/my-personal-nutrition-journey

    I think this is the #1 nutrition blog.


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