Three days ago, my Blogging Weight Loss Challenge against Jonathan Volk finally came to a conclusion. While it ran for a full 10 weeks, the time sped by and both Jonathan and I found ourselves scrambling during the final 24 hours to try to make the weight.
I’ll spare any build-up to my final result and tell you right now that I was able to lose that last pound and make my goal weight of 195. The night before I was actually up late watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and decided to eat a second full Vietnamese meal. That late night meal actually made me gain 3 pounds overnight and so in the morning I was faced with having to lose 4 pounds! More on that in a bit.
Jonathan Volk was in a similar situation and had around 4 more pounds to lose as well, and he also just managed to just barely make the final weigh-in. While I was a bit surprised, it wasn’t too shocking. I had always thought that both he and I would make this challenge from the beginning. Internet entrepreneurs, or entrepreneurs in general tend to be very goal-oriented and will often do whatever it takes to reach their goals.
The Final 24 Hours
I had been planning for the past couple weeks that I would do my longest stretch at Westwood Lake on the final day as it always seems to cut a lot of weight.
So, in the afternoon I went out and did a full 14KM (8.7 miles) going as fast I could for the first 6 and comfortably walking the final 8. Fortunately, it wasn’t as hot as it had been recently which made things easier.
When I got home, I immediately weighed to discover that I had lost 4 pounds! That put me at 195 pounds, my goal. However, just to be safe, I didn’t eat or drink anything for several hours and did my official weigh-in then. I know that this isn’t healthy or even too safe, and wouldn’t recommend it, but I really didn’t want to screw up on my final weigh-in.
Westwood Lake Time
|My 2007 Best Time||1:00:34||6 KM||My previous record…|
|April 8, 2009||1:06:00||6 KM||Feet and calves absolutely painful|
|April 12, 2009||1:05:33||6 KM||Feet, shins, and calves still absolutely painful|
|April 15, 2009||59:45||6 KM||Jogged a couple extra stretches|
|April 20, 2009||1:00:45||6 KM||Off my record by a minute Shins killed me|
|April 22, 2009||1:02:30||6 KM||Shins and calves still very painful|
|April 24, 2009||1:01:45||6 KM||Came close to record but couldn’t push near the end|
|April 26, 2009||1:03:30||6 KM||Had a very bad first 2-3 KM|
|April 29, 2009||59:35||6 KM||Had a fantastic first 2KM|
|May 4, 2009||59:07||6 KM||Had great first 3KM with lots of jogging|
|May 7, 2009||1:01:27||6 KM||Lots of pain in the feet and shins, very bad first half|
|May 9, 2009||1:01:38||6 KM||Tried hard as usual but just couldn’t set record|
|May 12, 2009||1:03:15||8 KM||Had severe ankle pain. Extremely frustrating|
|May 17, 2009||58:57||8 KM||First time trying new shoes|
|May 20, 2009||58:48||6 KM||Did several sprint stretches near end|
|May 21, 2009||59:34||10 KM||First time doing 10 KM|
|May 24, 2009||59:15||10 KM||Sprinted hard the final stretch but no new record|
|May 29, 2009||58:23||12 KM||Sprinted hard the final stretch|
|June 1, 2009||1:00:51||12 KM||Was so hot out. Sapped my energy all out|
|June 7, 2009||58:09||12 KM||Pushed myself hard final stretch|
|June 12, 2009||57:55||13 KM||New Record! Jogged much more in the middle area|
|June 18, 2009||58:50||14 KM||I was rather sleepy during my run which slowed me|
(Note: Times are for first 6KM only)
Weight Loss Status
|Date||Weight||Total Pounds Lost||Days Left|
|April 11, 2009||205||0||68|
|April 14, 2009||205||0||65|
|April 19, 2009||205||0||60|
|April 23, 2009||204||1||56|
|May 3, 2009||201||4||46|
|May 8, 2009||200||5||41|
|May 18, 2009||200||5||30|
|May 24, 2009||198||7||24|
|June 5, 2009||196||9||12|
|June 16, 2009||196||9||1|
|June 18, 2009||195||10||0|
In my official final weigh-in video below you’ll notice that I’m not wearing socks. I had forgotten that I wore socks in my original weigh-in video which is why you don’t see them here. For any people concerned that my socks could add more weight, please note that my actual beginning weight was 206, not 205 (you can check the video) which should more than make up for the sockless feet. I just said 205 to make the number easier.
Before and After Photos
As with any weight loss challenge, here are my before and after photos. I wore the same shirt and pants (but forgot about the socks again).
I look pretty much identical between them, but I didn’t expect to see any visual change with a loss of only 10 pounds (4.8% of my starting weight).
Although… if you compare my side portrait photos, you might be able to notice a very slight change; my shirt seems to fall a bit more naturally in the after photo whereas it clings and molds around my belly a bit more in the first photo.
I think if I lost another 10 pounds that there’d be quite a noticeable change.
I’d like to thank Jonathan Volk for participating with me in this challenge – the friendly rivalry definitely helped motivate me. I’d also like to thank MarketLeverage for sponsoring my shoes, and thank those readers who were kind enough to send me encouraging comments.
Now that this challenge is over, I actually have another challenge in the works (money related) that I plan to start around the middle of July, once I get back from my vacation, so be on the lookout for that as it should be awesome.