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INCREDIBLE… Winner of Fat Boy (or girl) Fitness Competition | 12 week challenge, Harley style ANNOUNCED!
I got the official email today…
On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM, Dana Hall <email@example.com> wrote:
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2013 Fat Boy Fitness Competition! Zach Myers is the proud new owner of a BRAND NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON!
Congratulations ZACH! Enjoy your new Harley.
I have no idea how he lost so much weight… an average of nearly 16 lbs per week over 12 weeks.
And here I was just happy to lose 25 lbs (TOTAL) over the same time frame – I actually am including the weight that I lost prior to the official start of the competition so you will note that my final weigh in is less than what I am showing as my total loss.
I want to know how he did it!
Here are the final results…
- No Fatboy Lo for this girl… (lifeasiknowitv1.wordpress.com)
Well, sad to say (but not unexpected) there will be no new motorcycle in my driveway this Spring.
I weighed in this morning for the last check-in for the Fat Boy (or Girl) Fitness Competition and sad to say I am only down about 15 pounds (for the competition).
As of check point 2 the leader has lost 26.78% of their body weight, and we won’t know until next week how much the leader has lost overall. It is crazy. If I had lost that much body weight I would have lost over 35 lbs… that would have been over 3 lbs per week.
I didn’t give up though, even though I knew that I would never win this contest, I kept going to the weigh-ins and I plan on being at the last party where they announce the winner.
I did the best that I could and my personal weight loss – outside of this competition – is approximately 25 lbs since mid-January. My goal, while I REALLY wanted to win the Harley, was to increase my health and lose weight in a healthy and long-term way. That means that in order to keep weight off a person should focus on losing about 2 lbs per week. More than anything I did not want to lose muscle mass as that is really what fuels a good metabolism and helps keep the weight off.
In order to reach my long-term goal I still need to lose about 75 lbs. At this rate, I am looking at reaching goal about January 2014.
As with all things in my life, I am taking things ONE DAY AT A TIME!
- MOVE IT OR LOSE IT FAT BOY…OR GIRL! This Girl’s gonna win a Harley! ( lifeasiknowitv1.wordpress.com)
- Fat Boy (or girl) Fitness Competition – 12 week challenge, Harley style (fatboycompetition.blog.com)
- Women are in Weight Gain Denial (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/weight-management/women-in-weight-gain-denial/)
- Didn’t win, but still a Winner! (pjyounger.wordpress.com)
- Beating the Bulge After You Turn 50 (belmarrahealth.com)
I worked for many years developing my “career”… went to school (three times), finished two degrees (a BA and a Masters), and did the “career ladder” thing.
I had plans… BIG PLANS!
I don’t know if my plans were based on what I really wanted (or thought I wanted) or based on a need to prove people wrong… or right.
Or maybe, just maybe, I made my plans based on a need to ensure that I would be able to support myself and my family.
Sure, when I got my first degree I had a plan. That plan was that I would always be able to support myself, and be self-sufficient, it was not that I would become some high-powered executive.
When I got married, many moons ago, I thought that I would be a homemaker. I thought I would be home raising a brood of kids. Serving on PTA committees and volunteering with local organizations. I dreamed of a country garden and growing my own vegetables and sewing my own clothes.
Part of the desire to get a degree and make sure I was “employable” was based on my observations of women who got married, raised a family, and then found themselves alone with no experience, education or ability to support themselves.
That was not going to be me.
After the WASband became ill and I found myself supporting him, I did what I thought I needed to do to ensure that I would be able to support him over the long haul.
The future was uncertain and I was either going to be a widow at some point OR I would be the main income earner. Either way I knew that I needed to go back to school and make sure that I had the education and credentials that I needed to survive.
I learned a lot during that 20 some years. Some of what I learned was that people can really be stupid and insensitive. I can’t tell you how many times people commented that I should be HOME “taking care” of my husband. Really? Were they going to pay the bills and make sure that we had health insurance? When we were first married I was working three jobs in order to support us and make sure he had the care and medications that he needed. Talk to me about staying home after you put food on my table and pay my rent/mortgage. Deal? I didn’t think so.
I have fantasized over the years about what I would really like to “do”… mostly my dreams revolve around self-employment and being creative.
At one point I looked at being a caretaker of a remote mountain retreat. A solitary type of existence where I would be required to rely on myself and develop a wide variety of skills.
As my responsibilities grew at home, I found myself in the healthcare field. Advancing my career relatively quickly with an eye toward becoming a rural health care executive. A small hospital CEO.
Networking was a way of life. I made acquaintances and friends all over the world.
Proud of my “career” and my potential I just kept doing what I thought I needed to do to get ahead.
Was I happy? No, not at all… really. I convinced people that this was what I wanted to do, but the higher up I got in management the more miserable I became.
Maybe part of this was a result of the home environment and the horrible marriage. I did the best I could with what I had but we really didn’t start out all that well to begin with. If he hadn’t of become ill, I highly doubt the marriage would have lasted for as long as it did.
There was an overwhelming sense of responsibility that I had to be everything and take care of everything. After a few years, I actually used my career to escape from home. The busier I was, the less time I had to spend with that miserable @ss of a WASband. I was there when I needed to be and there when he needed me, but anytime I could get away I did. Work was my refuge.
The more money I made the worse it got… he was never satisfied. I could have been the queen of Sheba and independently wealthy and that would not have been enough for him.
I thought I was fooling people, but I wasn’t. Now that I am divorced, I am fully aware of just how obvious the misery was to others. Even if they didn’t say anything.
I have consistently toyed with the idea of following my passion… what that passion is… I am not exactly sure.
There are so many things that I like to do. So many talents and things that I could do. None of them are “traditional” in the sense of having a career and making a living.
I made a HUGE career decision when I moved back to my home town and back in with my mom after my dad passed away. I had enough contacts that I could have gotten a management position in a local hospital but quite frankly I didn’t want one.
When I was interviewing for positions for staff roles I kept getting questions about why I wasn’t looking for a management role, would I be happy in a staff position, and so forth.
No matter what I said, I had a difficult time convincing potential employers that I would be quite happy in a role that did not involve managing people or things. For a change it would be nice to not take work home and that for a change I may actually have a life outside of work.
I have toyed with going back into management… I am a natural leader. I am suited to management. Quite frankly however, I am not suited to working my tail off and not having a life. Not any more. There is not enough money that makes me want to jump back into that life.
With that in mind, I have decided to let my professional certifications and memberships lapse. That was a very difficult decision to make. I worked very hard for those certifications. Very hard. When I got my membership renewal notices in the mail I decided that I was not going to renew them since I was not planning on going back into those fields at a level that would need or utilize them.
My gut wrenched at the thought and then I took a breath and determined that hanging on to them was really just hanging onto a life that I have moved beyond.
I am happier than I have ever been. Sure, I make about what I did when I was first entering my career field but I also do not require the same income that I did. I am learning to live with less. I no longer have to buy my happiness.
The simple pleasures of life really are what is fulfilling.
I recently changed jobs within my company. For awhile there, I was uncertain of my future. The company had merged with a larger organization and I was getting pressure to do work that I really did not want to do. Another position came open and I was fortunate to be offered that work and I am really enjoying it.
I am still in healthcare (generally) but I have moved into IT. A lot of the work I am doing now, I was doing before, but in a different way. I am learning a new discipline and am able to utilize my previous education and experience. My supervisor is professional and does a great job and I am happy to just “be” an employee… I go home at night and I rarely think about work. Perfect!
My dreams now involve finding a way to work with Fred full-time on the boat. I enjoy the physical labor and the time that we spend together. I can see us working together and traveling and really enjoying what we are doing.
Things are so much easier now. Sure, we have to make an income to meet our basic needs and plan for the future. One thing that we do not have to do is keep up with anyone else. Fred and I only compare our lives to what we are wanting to do and what makes us happy.
There is something so freeing about that… it is that feeling that has convinced me that I am doing the right thing and that is abandoning the rat race for a simpler and more pleasant life.
Question: If you could do anything you wanted for the rest of your “career” (LIFE), what would it be? What’s holding you back?
- Forget Your Career And Pursue Your Vocation (juangreatleap.com)
- 11 Things My Son Taught Me about Life & Business (sugarrae.com)
- Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps (frozenmargaritas.wordpress.com)
- If You Could Turn the Clock Back, What Would You Do Differently? (business2community.com)
7 weeks into my lifestyle change.
Other than waking up WAY too early everyday to get my workout in I keep thinking about the benefits gained over the past few weeks – down 22 lbs since 1/22, changed eating habits that included cutting out all soda (including diet), no more artificial sweeteners, no more commercially processed foods with additives or other junk.
Focusing on good fats, complex carbs and healthy proteins.
Not starving but eating a whole lot less food.
Focusing on gaining lean muscle and burning fat.
Am I going to with that Harley Fat Boy Lo? Most likely not, but has it been worth the journey – yes.
Working at keeping the weight off this time and considering my life is so much better now than it was a few short months ago my chance of success is much greater.
Besides my love Fred is the best partner and support system I could have ever hoped for.
I woke up in a GREAT mood this morning. I felt rested and ready to go. Up at 0515 and left for the gym at 0545… on the machines and sweating by 0600…and then…
… for her usual 15 minute workout. Hacking and coughing all over the equipment.
Really? I mean REALLY!
Okay, I am going to go into a rant here.
I will readily admit that something about this woman irritates me anyway and I have really been working on being compassionate… and understanding.
Maybe she has some challenges or an illness that causes her to behave the way she does.
Maybe… not likely.
But again, I will try to remain non-judgemental.
I mean WHAT IS THE POINT?!
Why even come to the gym at all if you aren’t actually going to work out AND why yammer on and on about anything and nothing when the rest of us are actually trying to complete our circuit training.
Maybe she has an injury that prevents her from utilizing the machines fully or using a recovery station… Maybe? But not likely. Maybe she is lonely and needs validation? More likely.
I think the thing that has been irritating me the most is the self-centered and pushy behaviors that she demonstrates.
On numerous occassions she has interrupted counseling sessions for other patrons because she “needs” something from the coach. One time she even butted in between a client and the coach during a weigh and measure! Literally pushing her way to the scale when she could have waited less than two (2) minutes until the session was over and had the entire area to herself. What was more infuriating was that after she did that she sauntered over to the stretching area and proceeded to stretch out…
My buttons got pushed this morning when she continued to cough and hack without covering her mouth, moving from machine to machine, spreading her germs. At one point she moved over to a station 15 inches away from me (yes, really that close) and I put up my hand and said “please don’t share”. There was no reason for her to be anywhere near me. We are on a circuit for goodness sake… I don’t skip machines and wish she wouldn’t either.
The sad part is, I am not alone in my feelings about her. Everyone is nice and cordial but today at least five other women said “why did she come today” right after she walked out the door.
I asked the manager if she wouldn’t mind wiping down the equipment. You see, I had another full circuit to complete and quite frankly I was GROSSED out!
Never mind that I always wash my hands after working out anyway and that I NEVER touch my eyes, nose or mouth while working out.
Even though I have a strong immune system, I have no desire to pick up someone elses crap because they lack the common courtesy to stay home when they are sick or to at least cover their mouths appropriately when coughing.
Just in case you are not sure what to do…
Okay, I’m done ranting… thanks for “listening”…
Have a great and germ free day!
I’m going to win that Harley… I am! I am just determined.
So far, I haven’t lost all that much weight. In the first month I only lost 3.6 lbs for the contest.
With that amount of weight loss, I am NOT going to win but I can tell you that the past four weeks have been great!
I have worked out consistently for four weeks now. Getting up at 0500 and at the gym by 0600.
I did get scolded by my Curves “counselor” on Monday for not “following the plan” but to tell the truth, I just cannot get into it! I really do prefer the Weight Watchers plan for weight loss. Very, very easy!
Here was my FaceBook post from Monday:
Well, I got scolded this morning because I am not following the Curves meal plan… just can’t do it! I know, I know, years of research, yada, yada, yada… designed to burn fat… I KNOW! I really do prefer the Weight Watchers program for meal choices. I’m doing well in spite of my lack of cooperation.
5 lbs down, 3.5 inches smaller – in the right places. Building muscle. That is what matters. I told my “counselor” that I would see where I am in another month and that if my body fat isn’t down I’ll consider trying the meal plan again… Otherwise I’m going with what I know works. I really joined Curves for the circuit training any way.
Weight loss is not easy. It takes work and dedication. Keeping it off is even harder.
I’ve lost weight before and kept it off for YEARS! I know what to do.
This week I decided that I am going to do what I know works for me. I am continuing to exercise daily and I am following a combination of the Weight Watchers plan and using my own knowledge of nutrition to create a plan that works for me.
One thing that I am concerned with is losing weight in a way that I will be able to maintain the loss
I do want to lose a good amount of weight in the next two months (if I am going to win that darn Harley!)
I am not going to lose weight at the expense of my good health.
The Curves “counselor” kept emphasizing that Weight Watchers causes people to lose more muscle than the Curves plan. I get the concept and I am monitoring my weight loss and muscle mass regularly. I told her that I was going to give it a month and if it looked like I was not losing in a healthy way I would reconsider the Curves meal plan.
I’ve been focusing on increasing my activity level and one way that I do that is with my FitBit (love it!)
I’ve been using my FitBit since 2010 and starting using the Premium service in 2011. This past year I got really serious about it.
The trainer feature is pretty cool. This first graphic was for twelve weeks between August and November. Not so great!
The other thing that I am doing is focusing on reducing my calories enough to lose weight but eating the right foods to fuel my body.
I am using the FitBit trainer and food log to analyze my food intake and make sure that I have the proper combination of healthy foods to help me reach my goal.
I haven’t been eating as much as I should this week. A lot of that has to do with my teeth… now that my mouth feels better I am sure that my food intake will increase.
The mindset that I am focusing on is FOOD IS FUEL. I want to focus on food and how that fuels my body rather than how it feeds my feelings.
If you want to see where I am in the standings, you can find me here… Fat Boy or Girl Blog
Not very inspiring… the leader has lost 15.07% of their body weight, and it is only checkpoint 1. That would mean that I need to lose over 30 lbs and that would be just to catch up… not likely to happen. But I’ll keep working at it. I have 8 weeks left to make a dent in my weight loss… but most important is losing it in a healthy way.
- Brand Watch: Weight Watchers (savoo.co.uk)
- How much weight loss is TOO much? (leanonlife.com)
- Weight Watchers vs. Curves (lifeasiknowitv1.wordpress.com)
I think I was 10 years old when I knocked out my front tooth…I didn’t just knock it out, I actually broke it into four pieces, one of which embedded itself into my baton.
Did it hurt? You bet ya! I ran into the house and locked myself in the bathroom where I proceeded to scream “I’m ruined!!!”
Apparently I was screaming so loud that my parents heard me from the top of the street and they immediately assumed that my brothers had done something to me. This would be the ONE time they had nothing to do with me screaming or crying.
Mom came into the house saying “what did you do to her” to which all three brothers replied, “nothing, she came in the house screaming and locked herself in the bathroom”.
C’mon, I was 10! I had a baton pageant the next day and I just knocked out my front tooth! Give the girl a break!
Of course this happened on a Friday night and while my parents took me to the dentist he said there was nothing to do… I had to participate in the pageant with NO front tooth!
What did the judges have to say? She’d do so much better if she’d just smile… REALLY, no kidding!
I had a false tooth in that space for nearly 40 years.
I resisted getting a new tooth all of these years because I remember what it was like to get that first one replaced. That was NOT a pleasant experience.
As it turns out, I cracked two other teeth over the years, so as long as I was getting a new crown I went ahead and took care of my other cracked and/or chipped teeth. Thank goodness it was only THREE… believe me that was enough!
Not like anyone can really tell the difference.
The past few weeks have been pretty tough. Three teeth ground down to the nubbins. Temporary crowns placed. Two weeks of waiting. More grinding. Permanent crowns placed.
Nap, a bit of discomfort… back to my smiling self again this afternoon (after I was rested and the pain subsided).
As far as reducing my debt… this did NOT help! Welcome to the new payment plan…
I’ve been diligently working out for 18 days now. 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week (I take the weekends off). Up at 0515, at the gym by 0600.
I joined Curves mid-January because I had to get moving. As hard as I tried to be “active” during the day I just did not do it well enough. I needed help.
I am a firm believer in the Weight Watchers “program”… it works, I know it works, I’ve been successful with that program three different times, losing as much at 90 lbs and keeping it off for up to 6 years. I was even a Weight Watchers leader and I LOVED it!
What didn’t work? I got tired. And overwhelmed. At some point, monitoring my food intake was just one more thing, and I couldn’t handle that one more thing. It was all I could do to get out of bed each day and function. I didn’t want to have to think about food.
Well, things are looking much brighter these days. I’m starting to breath again, starting to think about the future. Oh, and did I mention that I am going to win a Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo?
I just have to lose the largest percentage of body weight (as compared to all of the other contestants)… how am I doing? Not so great. Why? I just can’t get on board with the Curves Complete meal program.
Not to mention the fact that I am not impressed with the online tracking tools or the support of the center staff… I’m not saying they aren’t nice or helpful… it just isn’t my “style”.
What do I really like? I am enjoying the circuit training. A LOT! I feel really good after my workout and I am ready for the rest of the day.
Did I mention that I am NOT a morning person? I am NOT, AT ALL! But here I am, getting up at O God 30… getting my rear in gear.
So, for essentially the same amount of money per month I am now getting in regular exercise.
I will say that I much prefer the Weight Watchers approach to food choices and support however, I really like the built-in exercise program for Curves.
In my ideal world, Weight Watchers would acquire Curves and I would get the awesome coaching and nutrition program that I love AND the awesome circuit training too. The best of both worlds!
That WOULD be perfect… but alas, it isn’t going to happen. I am going to keep plugging along. I’ll get back to goal eventually.
I know what to do, I know how to do it. This really isn’t rocket science. I want to be healthy so that I can hike mountains and trails when I am 70 (kickin’ a little bit of 40-year-old @ss in the process).
- MOVE IT OR LOSE IT FAT BOY…OR GIRL! This Girl’s gonna win a Harley! (lifeasiknowitv1.wordpress.com)
- Weight Watchers (everydayhealth.com)
- Avon & curves the solution to your resolution 2 (slideshare.net)
- U.S. News & World Report Announces Best Diets 2013 – Weight Watchers (seaofinfo.com)
I can’t believe how little time I am spending on my blog. I’ve actually found that I am receding into my own little world again… too exhausted to even turn on my computer.
I actually had to make a point of getting on here tonight and as I stared at the screen, wondering what I would write about, I realized that I have let myself get bogged down in the every day trivial pursuits.
Seems like life is whizzing by at light speed and I cannot believe it is already February, almost March… where has time gone?!?!
So, what have I been up to?
Mainly working – seems like I am working A LOT. Not only am I working my regular “day” job, I am spending time with Fred working on the F/V Taku (one day on the weekend) and when I am not doing that I am trying to keep up with bills, laundry, house chores (which is NOT going well), car maintenance…
My day job is mentally exhausting but sedentary.
The weekends on the F/V Taku are hard. I don’t know how Fred does it day in and day out 6 days a week. It is hard, hard work.
My brother made a smart @ss response to Fred about my being responsible for the torch this past weekend… we had a difficult job of removing the very old tar paper from the hull of the boat. Fred has already removed the outer skin and is working at replacing the rotted wood, packing material and fittings.
See, I didn’t burn the boat down…we (Fred really) scraped a good deal of gunk off of the hull… about 10′ by 4′ of area. We still have to chip out the cement and rotted packing. It is crazy! Today Fred started demolishing the house – he has plans for a bigger and better living area. Currently at about 100 sq feet, we may go up to 101 sq feet (hahaha)…
Did I mention that I am still working on simplifying my life and getting rid of material goods – really not getting very far on that endeavor.
Taking care of myself
For the past three weeks I have been getting up at 0500 and going to the gym. While I haven’t lost very much weight (just about 4 lbs so far), I am still working to win that Fat Boy Lo. I am feeling really good. My body fat percentage is going down and I am toning up. So even if I don’t win the motorcycle I am making progress toward being healthier – and in the process I am getting in shape for my hiking trip this fall in the Grand Canyon. It feels good to be active again.
Fred and I have been working diligently on our budgeting and financial goals. I really didn’t want to declare bankruptcy but after the divorce I really didn’t have any other options. The bankruptcy is scheduled to be final in March. One step closer, continuing to move forward.
We’ve been following a financial plan and budget. We talk about every penny that we spend – together. How refreshing! He’s absolutely wonderful, in all aspects of our relationship.
I truly believe that all things come to their end, or beginning, in their own time.
Life is so awesome right now. I knew that if I sat back and didn’t focus on all of the crap I was dealing with, and how “unfair” it all seemed at the time, I would be set free – able to enjoy my life. Finally.
There is just no sense in wallowing in the past. I have so much future to look forward to.
The best thing that I have done these past few months?
Let it go!!!! I’ve let it ALL go!!!
I am no longer angry or resentful. I wasn’t even phased by a snarky message sent to me by the WASband a few days ago (never mind he isn’t supposed to contact me AT ALL!)
No need to respond. I don’t have to acknowledge or expose him, he’ll do that on his own.
What’s next? I am interviewing at the end of this week for a different position in the organization where I work. I am learning new things every day. Challenging myself in new ways. Loving my life.
Life is so much easier when you have someone by your side who shares your dreams and goals.
One thing that I have learned is that I am not going to take what I have for granted. Relationships take work – but they shouldn’t be hard.
Competition is going to be tough… no doubt about it!
Fat Boy or Girl… Fitness Competition. The person with the greatest percentage of weight loss WINS this Harley.
A 2013 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo!! Woot woot, oh yeah!!! I’ve been ogling a baby like this for quite some time. It is even my favorite NON-color – BLACK!!!
There was a big line of people weighing in today at Emerald City Harley Davidson in Lynwood, WA.
Did I mention they were also BIG people… that will make the contest even harder.
I also have the cards stacked against me as there were many, many men entering the fitness competition… we all KNOW that men lose weight faster than women, right?!
The article Weight-Loss Wars: Men vs. Women explains a bit about why this is so.
This only means that I will have to work harder to build muscle faster while losing fat.
Another thing working against me?
This is a 12 week competition… a healthy weight loss is about 2 pounds per week and at that rate I would end up losing 24 pounds.
Nothing to sneeze at, that is for sure, but I highly doubt that would be a high enough percentage of body weight lost to actually win this Harley.
What have I got to lose with trying? Nothin’ but weight, that’s what! What have I got to win? This fab HD Fat Boy Lo… Wouldn’t that be awesome?!?!!!!
I’ve been working at keeping up my activity level and using my FitBit to track my activity. I haven’t been going to Weight Watchers the past few months but have been following as best I can a healthy eating plan.
Where I really need more discipline is with actual exercise and not just activity.
There are a lot of things I need to get back into habit with. Keeping my weight down takes a lot of work but in all reality I have to do it if I want to avoid weight related health issues that could pop up sooner rather than later considering my age.
I ended up joining Curves today. I’ve added that cost to my monthly budget and figure that it is a good value as it will force me to get more exercise and especially strength training into my daily activities. I will actually be held accountable for the exercise where I was not with Weight Watchers.
As much as I really like that program, I feel the need to mix it up a bit and really start focusing more on building muscle to get myself back into shape. Another area I have to improve in my flexibility… that has also decreased with age and is one thing that I will need if I am going to ride my new Harley Fat Boy Lo come April!
The biggest reason, outside of wanting to be healthy and fit, is my goal to hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim with my gal pal in October. I am WAY behind already in getting myself together for that trip.
Follow along and see how I do for the next 12 weeks… I’m hoping the next picture I post of that Harley is of me on top of it riding it out of the showroom!
- 12 Week Winter Weight Loss Challenge (abookcoffeeandthepark.wordpress.com)
- Harley Pasternak Blogs: How to Keep Your Resolution … and Lose Weight! (people.com)
- Weight Watchers (everydayhealth.com)
- Avon & curves the solution to your resolution 2 (slideshare.net)
- WLJ Weekend Update: 12.01.12 // I was perfectly happy… (jaclynnejacijax.com)
- Newburgh woman realized it took more than exercise to lose weight (courierpress.com)