It’s now day 41 out of 70 in my blogging weight loss challenge versus Paul Piotrowski.
There is more than just public humiliation on the line in this competition. If one of us doesn’t lose our weight quota on May 21st, 2010 at 10PM Pacific Time, we will have to pay the other person $600 out of our own fat pocket.
As a reminder, the competition states that I must lose 12 pounds within 10 weeks and Paul must lose 13 pounds within 10 weeks. This works out to 6% for each of our body weight, in order to make it fair.
The halfway mark has already come and gone, and there’s just over 31 days left in the challenge, which means that both Paul and I really need to kick things up a notch.
Paul’s Weight Loss Status
When I last posted Paul’s weight, on April 5th, he had lost 3.4 pounds.
On April 12th, Paul went to an ooga booga witch doctor (think Cosmo Kramer’s “holistic healer” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHxRkXrBMKo) to get his Live Blood Analysis Results. After being “scared straight”, Paul decided to really change his diet, which he started on April 15th.
He is not revealing what his diet changes are yet, but has told me that it’s a fairly dramatic change. Paul was eating out like a maniac… picking up KFC, Taco Bell, McDonalds, or something else about once a day on average. And I thought I was bad!
This actually annoys me a bit, because I think that since Paul was eating out so often before, that all Paul needs to do is simply stop eating out and drinking pop and juice, and the weight should shed right off him… he wouldn’t need to even do any exercise or anything.
It’s frustrating because I’m killing myself with both exercise and diet, and it would seem that he only needs to do avoid all the fast food.
Anyhow, as of this morning, Paul has lost a total of 3.4 pounds… so no change during the past 15 days! However, yesterday he was at –4.2, so I definitely need to keep an eye on him.
With 31 days left in the challenge, Paul still has to lose 9.6 pounds. That means that Paul needs to lose about an average of a third of a pound every day for the next 31 days straight. Can you do it Paul?
What I’ve Been Doing
I’ve been sticking with my regular routine, doing my “daily lists”, going to badminton thrice a week, and doing Westwood Lake whenever I can push myself to do it. I’m also continuing to avoid unhealthy food such as fast food, pop, etc.
Since my last update, I also increased my daily crunches by 1, and my daily walk by a minute. And a couple days ago, I also increased my daily fruit/veggies quota by 1 as well, which is actually a major change for me. This sounds ludicrous as it sounds like such a small change, but it could actually be a game changer. This is part of my “daily list” so it’s something I must do everyday no matter what, which is why I take such changes very seriously.
Eating even 1 more serving of fruit or vegetables per day will “replace” unhealthier and higher calorie foods, which will slowly help in weight loss over time.
New Westwood Lake Record!
On Saturday, I went around Westwood Lake with my friend Den for the first time. I normally go around with Lisa or by myself, but Den told me he needs to lose some weight too and get into better shape, so we finally arranged to go.
We walked briskly for the large majority of the trail, as it takes my body so long to recover after the first hill, and then did a couple jogging stretches at around the 5KM mark. The closer we got to the end, the more we did little jogs to try to speed things up as I knew that we were on pace for there to be potential to set a new record.
We ran for a bit near the final stretch of the trail before it hits the open area which is the start of the park/beach, and then shortly after where the beach begins we ran hard and non-stop for the rest of the way to my car which is the finish line. It was insanely tiring doing that last run, especially since I have a mitral valve prolapse and shouldn’t be running in the first place.
But all our hard work paid off, as I set a new personal best time! My last best time was set during last year’s blogging weight loss challenge, on June 12, 2009.
The unfortunate thing is that after my hard run to my car, I somehow didn’t press the stop button on my Blackberry stopwatch, even though I thought I did. But I had been watching it during the final run as I always do, in order to know if I would beat my record or not, so I knew for certain that I had set a new record. The only question was what was the exact time.
Being conservative, I would estimate that it took me around 15 seconds from the time I touched my car’s bumper at the finish line, to where I got into the car and started filming. The video shows that I stopped the stopwatch at 35 seconds into the video, which then showed a time of 58:12.
So with 35 seconds of video plus 15 seconds of getting into the car, I’m determining my official time to be 57:22. Man, it feels so good to beat your best time…
That’s over a half-minute improvement over my previous best time.
I wanted to go around a second time, but Den was beat. When I go around the second time, I just walk casually the whole way and don’t go for speed, but he still seemed too beat. It’s too bad, as I haven’t gone around twice yet this year, but he promised that next time we go he’ll go at least twice with me.
Here’s an update on my charts:
Westwood Lake Time
|My 2009 Best Time||57:55||12 KM||Jogged much more in the middle area|
|March 13, 2010||1:10:12||6 KM||Feet and calves absolutely painful. Very dark out.|
|March 18, 2010||1:00:00||6 KM||Stretched and used “ML” shoes|
|March 23, 2010||1:01:25||6 KM||I tried, but in pain and out of breath|
|March 27, 2010||1:01:28||6 KM||Gave good effort again but too slow|
|April 12, 2010||58:45||6 KM||Great time, close to new record, only 50 seconds off|
|April 17, 2010||57:22||6 KM||New Record! Really pushed hard final stretch|
(Note: Times are for first 6KM only)
Weight Loss Status
|Date||Weight||Total Pounds Lost||Pounds To Go||Days Left|
|March 11, 2010||204||+3||15||70|
|March 19, 2010||203||+2||14||62|
|April 5, 2010||199||-2||10||46|
|April 20, 2010||196||-5||7||31|
I lost 8 pounds during the past 5 weeks! Not bad!
However, I still have to lose 7 more pounds during the next 31 days (and keep it off) or I’m out $600. So that’s 9.6 more for Paul, and 7 more for me. Let’s hope Paul doesn’t make it so that he has to pay me $600!
First thing I’m buying with those $600? Big plate of ribs.