$650 Weight Loss Challenge: Day 45/120

July 8, 2011 Posted by Tyler Cruz

Six and-a-half weeks ago, I started my weight loss challenge against Paul Piotrowski.

As a quick recap, we each must lose 14% of our starting body weight (which works out to 30 pounds each) within 4 months (120 days). If one of us doesn’t make it, then he will have to pay the other $650. If neither of us make it, then we will donate $650 to the BCSPCA.

We are now day 45 into this challenge

It is already day 37… which leaves us with only 75 days left to complete our challenge. While that may seem like a lot of time to you, it’s nothing when you’re trying to lose a lot of weight.

Below is an updated line graph comparing my weight loss progress to Paul’s:


As you can see, my progress has been fairly steady so far, which is always nice to see. Slow and steady wins the race! But that may be just because Paul ate the Hare.

I also created a new graph to include in these weight loss updates that shows our total weight loss to date. I created this chart because the one above can be a little misleading since Paul started 4 pounds heavier than me, and therefore has a competition goal weight of 4 pounds heavier as well, so unless he loses a lot more weight than me, he’ll always be higher than me.

This new graph shows a direct comparison of our total weight loss in pounds, as opposed to just our our total weight:


The graph is interesting because it reveals that Paul was actually winning on June 17th since I had quite a bad weight-in on that day.

Below is an update on the overall numerical data, taken from the last update to today (it’s too long to show the entire thing – if you want to know all the exact numbers, simply view the past weight loss updates for this challenge):


The Minimum Pace is taking the average amount of weight we need to lose each day (which works out to 0.25 lbs.) over 120 days in order to just barely lose 30 pounds, multiplied by the number of days so far.

The Real vs Min. Pace is the difference between our current weight loss and the Minimum Pace.

The past 8 days were quite interesting. On July 1st, Paul was 215 lbs., which meant that he had only lost a total of 1 pound in 39 days!

However, he started a diet (more info below) on July 5th, and has since lost 3.4 pounds, so we’ll have to see what happens during the next week in regards to Paul.

My results for the past 8 days were my usual slow but steady improvement. Overall, I’m quite happy with my progress so far, but I am still 2.3 lbs. behind my minimum pace needed to make the challenge, so I do need to make up for that.

But you can’t complain about losing 9 pounds (4.42% of my starting weight) in 45 days.

Our Weight Loss Sponsor

A couple of updates ago I mentioned how Healthy Weight Calculator is sponsoring both Paul and I in our weight loss challenge.

They have agreed to award each of us $100 each if we successfully make the challenge.

My plan was to display my weight progress on here with their free weight loss web tool, but they currently don’t let users edit their data, which I need to do since the inputted weight on my account is incorrect. I am also waiting for them to add the ability to post daily weight records, not just weekly.

Other than those missing features, it’s a pretty useful site if you want to track your weight loss, and it’s free. And if you’re looking for a diet supplement to help you lose weight fast, you might want to read Geeks Health Customer reviews On Alpilean.

Hopefully these issues will be tended to soon so that I can finally include one of their graphs in my posts here 🙂

My Efforts

I’ve been continuing to stick to my weight loss routine, so there’s not too much new to write about in that regard.

I did increase my daily walk by 2-minutes since my last update, though. It is now 23-minutes of brisk non-stop walking. Nothing amazing, but I do this every single day (unless I have badminton that day).

My new usual route is illustrated below with Google Maps:


It’s a nice walk in a quiet residential area which is actually rather enjoyable.

My walk works out to 2KM (1.25 miles).

In addition to my daily walks, I am still: playing badminton twice a week, eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water, on a restaurant/fast food/high calorie foods/juice/pop ban, and doing daily crunches and pushup’s.

Paul’s Efforts

As I mentioned earlier, on July 1st, Paul was 215 lbs. which meant that he had only lost a total of 1 pound in 39 days.

But then he started a diet on July 5th, and has since lost 3.4 pounds. That’s 3.4 pounds in 48 hours!

Am I scared? Not exactly. Even though we were already well into our weight loss challenge, the fact is that before July 5th, Paul was still eating absolute crap. In fact, on July 4th Paul had McDonalds for lunch and a big pasta and garlic bread from Boston Pizza for dinner!

So, it makes perfect sense that Paul would lose a lot of weight in 2 days by avoiding the high calorie foods and eating super low calorie foods.

The question is: will Paul be able to stick to this diet?

Here are a couple of healthy recipes from Thors Fork he made and is eating now, on his new diet:



The new diet/weight loss system Paul is doing is called the Dr. Bernstein Diet, which he explains in detail in his latest blog post.

I’m sure the program will help him lose weight, but I don’t know why he’s paying $600 a month and going into the center to take injections and give urine samples (yes, seriously) 3 times a week.

He says it is for accountability, but what does he think this whole challenge is for?

All Paul needs to do is eat healthy and exercise more. He rants how statements such as this are moronic, but it’s still true. That’s all I’m doing, and I’m currently winning our weight loss competition using that logic. The best part is, I’m not spending $600 a month and having to pee into a bottle 3 times a week to do so.

Will We Make It?

I’ve added a poll to see what you guys think will happen in this competition. Please vote, as we’re both curious what you guys think will happen!:

What will happen in the Tyler vs. Paul $650 weight loss challenge? (Day 45/120 Stats)

  • Neither will make it (44%, 19 Votes)
  • Only Tyler will make it (26%, 11 Votes)
  • Both will make it (23%, 10 Votes)
  • Only Paul will make it (7%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 43

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Posted: July 8th, 2011 under Personal  

23 Responses to “$650 Weight Loss Challenge: Day 45/120”

  1. Paulymath says:

    There was no garlic bread on my last pasta dish. Those bastards at BP forgot to give it to me. 🙂

  2. Zach says:

    Honestly guys, this is so simple. Reduce your caloric intake by 500 from your maintenance level. Boom, you will lose weight. If you want to get in good shape throw in some exercise. Sorry Tyler, but walking 1.25 miles a day burns less than 100 calories. Honestly, stick to your diet, and do some form of activity that elevates your heart rate to 70% of its max, sustain that heart rate for 30 minutes, and then with your diet you will be shedding the pounds. Just give it a try for a few weeks.

    Also, stop doing push ups and crunches everyday. Your chest, and abs are muscles, and they need time to recover from exercise. Google for a body weight workout, and do it 3 times a week, that will allow you to build muscle, or at least maintain your muscle while you are losing weight. And yes, you do want to put on muscle while loosing weight, or else you will end up looking like a Holocaust survivor!

    • Paulymath says:

      Steady state cardio at 70% is not ideal for burning fat. HIIT is much more efficient at burning fat while maintaining muscle mass.


      • Zach says:

        I’m sorry, but LIT low intensity cardio has been the proven method for losing weight. You want to lose weight, not fat, that is what this contest is about. If you are trying to burn fat in order to show your abs, HIIT is the way to go. But for general weight loss LIT is what you want to be doing. Most importantly, weight loss is solely determined by your diet, but honestly, just get your heart rate up, and get your metabolism going!

        • David says:

          I’ve been hitting the gym for about a month now doing high intensity training, and I’ve very noticably lost fat, I’m down 4kg (8.8lbs), and I’ve built up muscle.

          I only go twice a week, and for about 45 minutes each time, and I haven’t changed my diet at all. It’s still absolute shit for half my meals (ie. McDonalds, KFC, Subway, & other fast foods).

          I found that when I did walking and things like pushups and crunches that I didn’t have any real changes.

          My advice is to find a gym near you, get a couple of sessions with a personal trainer to work out a regime, and then just go to the gym. Twice a week is all you need to go and you don’t have to sacrifice the food you love… can’t go wrong!

        • Paulymath says:

          Wait what do you mean by “general weight loss”?

          Our bodies are only made up of fat, lean tissues and bones. When we say “weight loss” we’re really saying “fat loss”. At least I am. I have no desire to ever purposely lose lean muscle tissue or bone density.

          Are you saying that LIT burns fat and muscle tissue and so we should do that?

          • Zach says:

            No, what I am saying, is the challenge is who loses their amount of weight in the given time. Just freaking elevate your heart rates. Fat loss would be ideal when losing weight, but regardless of if you are cutting or bulking you are going to have some negative weight loss or weight gains. For example when cutting you will lose muscle mass, that is just part of the fun, and when you bulk you will gain back body fat.

  3. Hi Tyler I think both of you can make it. Like Joel did. Good luck.

  4. It is good that you increase your daily walk; it increases your fat burning and carbohydrate consumption. a classic slimming recipes, fight on.

  5. Paul started losing weight really fast if he continue losing weight in that rate he will pass you in a matter of days!

  6. you can do it but you have a lot of work in front of you

  7. Jasmine says:

    Neither will make it, haha!

  8. Wow I am surprised how many people think you guys won’t make it. I am routing for you both and think your progress has been great.

  9. Mo says:

    If you want to lose weight, just cut way back on carbs.. that means NO PASTA, NO BREAD, NO RICE.. Just eat veggies and meat.. organic preferabbly.. have a liquid meal in the morning, like a shake instead of solid food and eat light before bed, no food 2-3 hours before bed.. Also work out and drink lots of water.. NO SODA.. NO CANDY.. NO BEER..

    good luck guys

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  11. Michael says:

    Good luck with your weightloss efforts. Hopefully both of you guys can make your goal weight!

  12. used tires says:

    I would be so hungry after eating only that Paul! If you can continue to pull off eating those meals consistently, thats awesome! Good luck to both of you though!



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