8.27.2008

The Biggest Loser

Currently I am participating in a "Biggest Loser" contest at work, which was organized by one of the girls in the office. Everyone who entered had to pay a $25 entry fee, then whoever loses the most body fat percentage in 10 weeks gets all the money. Well I have been thinking I could stand to shed some pounds for some time now, but since losing weight merely for my health just isn't a good enough reason, now I have cold hard cash to motivate me.

I have tackled this weight loss mission on two fronts. First, I modified my diet. The greatest change is that I have greatly reduced the amount of sugar and sweets that I consume on a given day (although I do allow myself to indulge every now and then). I am drinking more water, and I try not to eat after 7 p.m. Second, I am exercising regularly. Once I got over my cold a few weeks ago, I started getting up early every other day to either ride my bike or swim laps for a half hour before getting ready for work.

We reached the midpoint of the contest this week. Since we are using body fat percentage, I am not sure exactly where that puts me. However, I am happy to report that I have lost 10 pounds so far, which leads all contestants. My suit pants, which haven't fit properly since I was a newlywed, buttoned right up last Sunday. Honestly, eating right and exercising, who knew?

I took my camera on my bike ride this morning so I could shoot a few photos along the way:

Sunrise over Oquirrh Lake.

More bridge love, with a view of the copper mine in the distance.

Grandville Avenue, which many of you should be familiar with as one of the roads you must turn on to get to our house, will soon be much, much longer.

3 comments:

Krissy said...

You'll always be my biggest loser!

:) Just teasing. I just want everyone to know that I haven't been dieting and only occasionally exercising and I'm losing weight, too! Of course, I'm not losing 10 pounds a month. That borders on insanity.

ScottBoomer said...

Dave I just want you to know that I've always thought of you as a "Big Loser".
Good luck with the weight loss. I'll drink another Pepsi for you.

Sterling, Erika, and Cami said...

Ok, I'm sorry, but as a former personal trainer, I just have to put my 2 cents in here. First off, way to go on 10 lbs in a month! That's exactly where you want to be - it's a healthy weight loss amount. One thing though, that whole 'don't eat after 7 pm' thing is completely bogus. Don't go by it! Usually what it translates to is that you eat more before 7 pm so that you're not hungry during the hours and hours before you go to bed. Instead, just be cautious of what you eat all day and don't worry about silly time restraints. Finally, good job on biking/running most days a week, but don't neglect weight lifting if you have access to them. True it will put on muscle and weight, but it also really helps in fat burn too, and since that's the goal, it shouldn't hurt, right? You probably don't really care for my opinion, but I felt I needed to share my knowledge. Good luck!!