This will be my last post before the final weigh-in as it we are now only 24 hours away from the conclusion of the Blogging Weight Loss Challenge: Cruz vs Volk. I can’t believe it has been 2 and-a-half months already… it’s scary really.
A few days ago, Jonathan Volk announced that he lost another pound, but that still leaves him with needing to lose another 4.5 pounds within 5 days, or an average of a pound a day.
Remember, there’s a $500 penalty if either Jonathan or me don’t lose 10 pounds within 10 weeks by tomorrow, so there’s more than just pride on the line. Considering that 4.5 pounds works out to 2.5% of his current weight, it’s going to take a lot of work for him to make the cut.
Yes, Another Personal Record!
I have now completed my 19th “run” around Westwood Lake. That works out to a total of 157 KM (or 97 miles). That’s equivalent to nearly 4 marathons!
The run before last, I finished with a new personal record of 58:09 which made me very happy.
Then, on my last run on June 12th, I set yet another new personal record, finishing in at 57:55! I pushed myself so hard the last stretch to my car it was insane.
Most people who jog the whole trail can do it in around 38-45 minutes, so my time is still pathetic, but I don’t care. When I started on April 8th my time was 1:06:00, so I shaved a full 8-minutes off my original time.
Doing 13KM Now
I did a total of 13KM (8 miles) on my last trek around Westwood Lake, increasing it by 1KM. I only record my time and go as fast as I can on the first 6KM, but the additional 7KM helps with the weight loss too of course.
When I got home, I noticed I had lost close to 3 pounds!
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|
(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|
I saw a lot of consistent weight loss during the first week of June, but since then I have gained a pound or two. I started falling back a bit on my eating habits a bit such as eating before going to bed, skipping breakfast, and eating frozen/instant foods, etc. which is most likely the reason. I also lost control and went to McDonalds on one day.
However, for the most part I’ve been doing pretty good. I’ve been continuing to do my daily routine and have kept pushing myself at Westwood.
I just weighed myself and I’m 196, but that’s because I just got back from a very tiring badminton session. The past few days I’ve actually been averaging 197, so it’s probably better to say that I still need to lose 2 pounds to be safe by tomorrow.
While I still have another 1-2pounds to go by tomorrow, I’m not too worried. I’m going to do Westwood Lake again tomorrow and plan to do 14 KM (8.7 miles). That alone should burn off 2 pounds, and if it doesn’t, I’ll go out and ride my new bike for a bit which should hopefully help burn off another half a pound.
Jonathan and I didn’t set an actual time when we had to weigh ourselves tomorrow, only that it had to be on June 18th, so that does help us a bit. It sure is cutting it close though. Stay tuned for the final results either tomorrow or the day after!