I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since my last update on my weight loss challenge versus Paul Piotrowski… time flies
when you’re having fun.
I’d like to remind you that this competition between Paul Piotrowski and myself is not just any ordinary friendly weight loss challenge. If either of us doesn’t meet and maintain our weight loss 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 is that I must lose 12 pounds and Paul must lose 13 pounds within 10 weeks (70 days). This works out to 6% for each of our body weight, in order to make it fair.
As I write this very sentence, there are only 6 days, 16 hours, 6 minutes, and 29 seconds left in the challenge. It’s really amazing how fast the time ticks away, especially when there is a $600 penalty on the line.
Paul’s Weight Loss Status
In my last update 2 weeks ago, I mentioned how Paul had lost a total of 6.2 pounds, which put him in a pretty decent situation at the time.
However, for some mysterious reason that neither Paul or I can understand, he has been losing a ton of weight during the past few days. It’s odd because he said he has been cheating a bit and eating things such as Domino’s pizza (vegetarian). He even sent me a picture of a huge piece of black forest cake he ate to my cell.
As of yesterday morning, he has now lost a total of 10.6 pounds which is crazy, and quite annoying. 16 days ago I was 90% sure he wouldn’t get close to making the challenge, and now it looks as though he’ll make it fairly easily.
With only 6 days left in the challenge, Paul only has to lose 2.4 more pounds. That means that Paul needs to lose at least an average of 0.4 pounds every day for the next 6 days straight. That may seem like a lot, but Paul has been on a crazy weight loss streak the past few days…
My Weight Loss Status
As usual, I’ve been sticking with my regular routine of doing my “daily lists”, going to badminton, and doing Westwood Lake whenever I can push myself to do so. I’ve also been continuing to avoid unhealthy food such as fast food, pop, etc.
The Wednesday before last, I tried going to a new badminton club (yes, a third one) for the first time. It’s even tougher than the Sunday one… about 10-15% harder, and it’s 2.5 hours long as opposed to the normal 2 hours the other clubs run. It was a fantastic workout though.
However, I’ve been on a really bad sleeping schedule the past few months, especially the past week or two. It got so bad that I completely slept through last Wednesday’s badminton and missed it which really frustrated me as I depend on those to help me lose weight.
The bad sleeping patterns and bouts of insomnia and lethargy also caused me to completely miss/skip my “daily list” for the past 2 days.
To make matters worse, I appear to have plateaued in my weight loss progress, as I kept bouncing between the 194 and 195 mark everyday, even after badminton or a run around Westwood Lake. That’s over 2 weeks of staying roughly the same weight, and it was very frustrating.
Put all of this together – my plateau in weight loss, Paul’s quick weight loss, my bad sleep schedule, missed badminton, skipped daily lists, etc. – and you had one demotivated Tyler. In fact, I had already mentally prepared myself for the loss and to fork over the $600 penalty (and $25 in a side bet).
But today… today was weird. Last night I worked for 6 hours straight (which is very unusual for me) and then ate some chicken wings and rice and went to bed. I woke up to discover that Paul had lost another 0.4 pounds which motivated me to go do Westwood Lake. I didn’t feel that awake or energetic, but had to go before it got pitch black out (I woke up at 8 pm and it is a forest after all).
Before I left I weighed myself and was 194, almost 193, which was my best weight so far in this challenge. That helped act as an additional motivator to go do Westwood. When I returned – and keep in mind that I got a really bad time – I was 193, almost 192. That made me really happy.
Then I played PS3 for 2 hours and weighed myself again (just to admire my 193) and discovered that I was 191?! Okay… so 2 hours of PS3 made me lose 1-2 pounds? Haha, weird.
But then I ate some more rice and chicken wings and had a fair bit of water (Boy, I sense that a lot of comments about this are going to pop up…) and weighed back in at 193. But that’s a “full” Tyler, and it’s a nice change to see 193 instead of 194 or 195 for once.
I now have a renewed sense of optimism in this challenge. I doubt that Paul will have to pay me $600 as I once thought he would, but I’m now going to work hard again so that I won’t have to pay Paul $600.
Two New Westwood Lake Time Records!
I went around Westwood Lake 4 times during the past 2 weeks, going once about every 4 days. I’d like to go everyday during these last 6 days, but we’ll see if my sleep schedule agrees.
On May 4th, I set a new personal best time of 54:35. I did a lot of jogging stretches and really pushed for a new record.
4 days later, on my next run, I didn’t feel energetic at all but somehow managed to set yet another personal best time, finishing in 54:09!
What’s amazing is that during my first time around Westwood Lake this year 2 months ago, my time was 1:10:12. My new best time is 16 minutes faster! And my best time last year was 57:55 so I beat that by nearly 3 minutes as well.
Unfortunately, the last 2 times I went I didn’t bet new records, and as mentioned earlier, actually got a really bad time on my last run (59:40!). I’m still hoping to set another record before this challenge ends though.
Here’s a video of me after my two new records:
Here’s an update on my weight loss 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|
|April 28, 2010||55:04||6 KM||New Record! Felt really good and bunch of jogging|
|April 30, 2010||58:53||15 KM||New distance record, but windy and rainy thus slow|
|May 4th, 2010||54:35||6 KM||New Record! Many jogging stretches|
|May 8th, 2010||54:09||6 KM||New Record! Did 1st KM super fast|
|May 11th, 2010||56:17||6 KM||Not very energetic but tried hard last 3KM|
|May 14th, 2010||59:40||6 KM||Just no energy. Walked the majority of it.|
(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|
|April 29, 2010||195||-6||6||22|
|May 1st, 2010||196||-5||7||20|
|May 15th, 2010||193||-7||5||6|
Haha, it’s pretty crazy. I still have to lose 5 more pounds during the next 6 days (and keep it off by May 21st, 2010 at 10PM Pacific Time) or I’m out $625 (I made a side bet of $25 with one of my commenters).
So to recap that’s 2.4 more pounds to go for Paul, and 5 more for me. This is going to be tough.