In one of my first posts to this blog, I had just ventured into this running a marathon business and paid $100 to take part in a friendly weight-loss challenge with a few other women. A few women turned out to be 13 of us in total. The winning pot was $1,200 for first place and runner-up would get their investment back. The results were calculated as percentage of weight loss from January 10th to April 12th.
I lost 18.5 lbs (10.66%) in that time! Sadly, it wasn’t enough to take first place, but I did get my $100 back. The woman who did win lost a total of 23.5 lbs (13.ish%). She teaches Zumba and other aerobic classes multiple times per week and gave up alcohol for the entire time. My training for a marathon was, and continues to be, intense, BUT I was not willing to give up alcohol and my monthly cravings for chocolate, chips and steak or an occasional glass of wine while watching TV at home or sharing a bottle of sake with my husband at our favorite sushi restaurant or a glass of beer with pizza after Thursday night track training. To sum it up, I was not as strict with my diet as my competitor. And I’m okay with that – I LOST 18.5 LBS!! (I say it’s 20 lbs, cuz that’s what my home scale said 2 days before our last weigh-in!)
Also in that earlier post, I revealed my measurements. Here’s the comparison of then and now:
Then (Jan 10) – Ht: 5′ Wt: 173.5# Bust: 43″ Waist: 40″ Hips: 47.5″ Thigh: 24.5″ Calf: 16″ Bicep: 13″
Now (Apr 11) – Ht: still 5’ Wt: 155# Bust: 40” Waist: 36.5” Hips: 45.5” Thigh: 24.5” Calf: 15.5″ Bicep: 13″
Total inches lost SO FAR = 9.25!!
Weight-training and core strengthening will be my next focus. Counting calories has gone by the wayside, mostly because I feel confident in recognizing what is right. With that said, I will pick up counting them again more diligently. It does help keep an overall focus while trying to drop the weight – I have another 20 lbs to lose!