My Final Weight Loss Challenge

About six months ago I wrote about joining HealthyWage and entering a challenge that would pay me $1000 if I lost a certain amount of weight within a year. Well, even after signing up, I didn’t take myself or the challenge seriously.

Some people had even commented elsewhere that money alone wasn’t enough to motivate them. So, although I still have time in this competition to lose the weight, I am taking it a step further.

HealthyWage is now doing a contest called the Matchup, where a team of five compete against other teams to lose the most weight, and the prize is increased for this to a shared $10,000.

So, together with [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] and a good friend of mine, Darren (who we really need to set up with a blog just so we can link to him 🙂 ) we embark in this great journey.

Although the money will really sweeten up the deal, the whole team has expressed that the health benefits are what they are really excited about. Getting rid of medication, being able to play with their kids outside, and living longer in their debt free days really has excited this group and we are super pumped as we start the challenge.

I think the part that will keep me the most motivated is the accountability a team like this brings. Not only are these all good friends of mine that I would hate to let down, they are all just as motivated as myself and I know they won’t let me down. They also all have great support be it from family, their readers or their friends.

Here’s my game plan to crushing this thing AND keeping it maintainable for the rest of my life:

  • This may seem like a no brainer, but you really have to give up old habits to make a life long and sustainable change. I won’t be eating heavy late at night, I won’t be skipping any meals, and I won’t be wasting all my time away watching TV.
  • I will be exercising consistently. Even if that means doing some yard work outside one day, or playing a game of basketball with my wife. Exercise doesn’t have to suck and I plan to enjoy myself while doing this the rest of my life.
  • I will also be eating smarter. All it takes is a second to look at nutrition facts on a product before you shove it in your mouth. You can tell what is in the food and know whether you should eat it or not. Just being aware of how much you are eating is a big step in sustainable healthy.

Boy these sound an awful lot like debt reduction and financial freedom goals don’t they? It’s not so much different and that’s why I know this team will crush any obstacle and succeed to reaching our goal. We have all already done it before!

Now, I am no fitness guru. I have done fad diets, and though some of them work, they are obviously not sustainable and they are unhealthy.  So something else I have done to make sure that we succeed and stick with is a I have gotten together with Marc Perry, from Built Lean who is a personal trainer and fitness coach. He has given us some great tools and solid information to help us make a life change. He has certainly opened my eyes to ways that everyone can stay fit in every walk of life without being a personal trainer yourself.

This will be the last time I start a weight loss program, ever! Once it’s off, it will be staying off, just like debt!

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» Brad ChaffeeNo Gravatar said: { May 18, 2010 - 10:05:32 }

Yeah baby!! We are going to kick some major butt!! I am excited and can't wait to start seeing results. Once the results start rolling in it'll have the same affect as the debt snowball does!! I am so ready to finally do this!!
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jmichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

You got that right Brad, I'm already feeling better just knowing I am eating better. I was even able to turn down cake and ice cream at the inlaws last night (no birthday, they just eat cake and ice cream all the time….) because I know it didn't fit into my caloric budget 🙂

» RainyDaySaverNo Gravatar said: { May 18, 2010 - 10:05:45 }

Good luck in the contest — and I hope you all meet your goals!
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jmichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Thank you Nicole, I have absolutely no doubts at this point!!

» StephanNo Gravatar said: { May 18, 2010 - 11:05:37 }

great post, its not going to be easy, but the team aspect of htis challenge should help you alot. make sure your family knows your plans as well, that way your wife and kids wont tempt you by eating delcious junk food around you or serving it at dinner.

jmichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

I agree Stephan, it won't be easy but we are taking it every baby step at a time. Everyone I have contact with on a regular basis knows all about it, and with me, I think of each tempting treat as damage to my teammates which is really helping my self control so far.

» MystiNo Gravatar said: { May 18, 2010 - 03:05:45 }

Weight loss is a challenge…but it sounds like you guys are pumped!!

I have been doing Weight Watchers, and have lost about 30 lbs. Slow and steady wins the race.

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jmichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Absolutely! I won't stop till I drop..all the weight 🙂

Weight Watchers operates on very simple principles and really does work because it simplifies counting caleroies and gets you thinking about nutrition.

Keep it up! 🙂

» MicahNo Gravatar said: { May 19, 2010 - 01:05:48 }

sounds like your motivated. Good for you. Good luck with the competition
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jmichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

No doubt about it 🙂 and thanks!

» EvanNo Gravatar said: { May 19, 2010 - 05:05:46 }

Good Luck Buddy! I just started p90x and loved C25K prior to starting it. You should look into C25k if you are just beginning to excercise

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