The two biggest new year’s resolutions are losing weight and making more money. Interestingly, this year, I only made a resolution for the second. Fate, it seems, has demanded I also make a resolution regarding the first.
You may have heard of the show The Biggest Loser. (I’m sure most anyone who has gone to a gym lately has at least heard of it.) If you haven’t, and you haven’t seen it on television, The Biggest Loser is a show where people who are overweight are put to a training program to see who can lose the most weight in the allotted time. I’ve never seen the show, so other than better health I have no idea what the biggest loser wins.
Anyway, a bunch of us where I work have decided to do this ourselves. No, we’re not going to be on the show (although that, too, would be fun), but we have agreed to encourage each other to lose weight and have a little competition in the process.
If you’ve ever worked in the tech industry you know that a large percentage of folks in that industry are overweight, or as some in the scientific community like to say, “big fat fatty boombaladdies”. Our office is no different, which is why so many people in the office — 10 people, or about 1/4 of the company — have decided to join in.
Like in the show, the point of the contest is to see who can lose the most weight in the least amount of time. Every two weeks we all weigh ourselves to track our progress (even thought that’s not the best way to really measure progress) and whoever has lost the most weight in that time period wins the jackpot. Every week, everyone participating puts in $5, and the winner of the two week cycle wins the whole thing. (Currently this stands at $100.)
Having decided to join, I’m a bit skeptical. Sure, I want to lose weight. Heck, at 6’1 and weighing 300 lbs, I need to: guys of my girth don’t often go too far in the racetrack of life before they’re struck down by something like cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Having been overweight just about all my life, however, I’m honestly wondering how well I can actually succeed. since reaching my full height, I’ve not been less than 245 lbs, and that came during a summer trip to Puerto Rico where I was eating about 1200 calories per day and walking trails in the forests near my uncle’s coffee/plantain farm. (Sometimes I wish I could have spent more than the 5 weeks I did doing all of that. My starting weight was around 265/270.)
So, from the looks of things right now I’m in the process of planning my diet and exercise plan to ensure I’m successful in the competition, so wish me luck. I don’t intend to lose $20 a month to something I can almost totally control, and provided others don’t start using thermogenics, I’m fairly confident of my chances as the biggest … winner of the contest. (What, you didn’t think I’d really call myself a loser, did you?) The two approaches I’m considering are a more protein-oriented approach, since I’ve had longer-term success with that before, and a high calorie restriction approach, since I’ve had success with that before, though not very long lasting, and because it offers life extension qualities, at least if I can keep with it for the rest of my life. The first approach would allow me to spend some time at the gym, which I actually enjoy. The second approach would require that I avoid heavy exercise, but would probably make it easier for me to work on my goal of running a half-marathon by the end of this year.
Interestingly, The Wife has decided to join me in this weight loss endeavor, although she doesn’t exactly have much to lose. In fact, if she can even lose 20 lbs I’ll be extremely surprised. Oh sure, she could lose that much weight if she decided to become one of those body-building man ladies with the breasts that look like flapjacks, but I doubt she’d really want to go that route (neither would I want her to take it).
Anyway, as I said, wish me luck. If you have any tips — sites to go to for guidance, dietary tips, etc — leave them here. I’ll keep you abreast of my progress, but if you’ve gone through this I’d like to hear what you have to say: I think I’ll need all the help I can get. My ultimate goal is to get down to 210 lbs, but as for now, I’ll be happy getting back down to 260.