“are you a bigger loser than marko?” final

well, this morning was my final weigh-in for the “are you a bigger loser than marko?” contest. we started just shy of 12 weeks ago, with about 175 youth workers all competing to lose more weight than me. i plugged along in about 14th place in the men’s division for several weeks, then began my slow climb to the top, baby. i worked out hard, 5 – 7 times per week (including springing for a personal trainer to kick my butt weekly), disciplined myself to eat extremely healthy and hardly at all (my biggest cheats were the occasional spoonful of almond butter), and submitted myself to the regimen of an isagenix cleanse (all natural and healthy, but still very hardcore).

those sending in their weekly weights dwindled a bit over the weeks. looks like we’ll end up with 75 competitors, give or take. but, bottom line is, i won. crazy. i actually didn’t think there was any way i would win this thing. i was just hoping i would finish in the top 10.

when i started, i weighed in at a robust 250.2. this morning, my final official weight was a little bit under 190. i’m completely stoked that i met my adjusted goal (my original goal was 40 pounds) of reaching 60 pounds of loss.

i started working out during my third week of the competition, and have measurements from then. i know i lost 14 pounds those first two weeks, but i don’t know how much, in addition to the following numbers, i went down. but in the last 9 1/2 weeks, i lost…
1.5 inches around my neck
4.5 inches around my chest
3 inches around my bicep
1 inch around my forearm
6.5 inches off my waist!!
1 inch off my thigh
1.5 inches off my calf

and, i went down 7% in total body fat.

my plan from here on out:
1. enjoy the first weekend without much guilt
2. continue a lifestyle of regularly working out (at least 4 times per week)
3. eat smaller portions
4. avoid super-sugary and super-fatty foods, or have in extreme moderation
5. go on the “isagenix total health and wellness” program. this is the long-term version of the cleanse i’ve been using during the contest, and involves a shake for breakfast and two liquid cleanse days a month. my aunt and uncle and my parents have been doing this for a year or more, and find it really helps them maintain their weight and energy.

and, now, for the photo reveal…

full body shots:
fatmarko.jpgmarkofull-cropped.jpg

head shots:
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54 thoughts on ““are you a bigger loser than marko?” final”

  1. Marko, you look great! Amazing, really. Congratulations! And thanks for the inspiration and bringing us along with you for the ride…

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