well, we’re two weeks into this thing. when i had the thought of doing this weight-loss thing publicly, and inviting a dozen or two dozen youth workers to join me, it was purely for accountability. the response, as i’ve posted earlier, was overwhelming. we had about 300 people respond that they’d like to be involved. by the time the dust settled, and we posted all the hoops to jump through to be involved, we have 176 competitors. the ys web team created a sweet little support site with coaching, videos, internal blogging, networking, forum posts and comments, and all kinds of other stuff. tv’s biggest loser competitor and youth pastor, matt mcnutt, is actively involved in the online community, encouraging people and offering lots of great guidance (the dude lost 176 pounds — funny that it’s the same amount as the number of competitors in this thing!).
the start of the 12 week competition was horrible timing for me (as if there’s ever a good time), as i flew to florida for some meetings, then (after returning home) on to london for some more meetings. home from that, i went straight to my grandma’s funeral in alabama, then onto a personal silent retreat. there was literally no time for me to start working out at the same time as addressing food issues. but the first week, i lost 10 pounds; which was pretty good considering that i wasn’t exercising!
this second week was ok. not 10 pounds; but i shouldn’t expect that kind of loss on a second week when i still wasn’t exercising! i lost another 4 pounds, for a total of 14 pounds so far. in the first week, my friend mark riddle was the leader in pounds lost (and second place to a woman – go girl! – in percentage lost), with a whopping 15 pounds. if he even loses a few more this week, he’ll still be kicking my butt. and we have a side bet! that said, mark has been working out like a mad man, in some kind of daily program with a trainer and people who are seriously working him.
now it’s time for me to kick in the after-burner, though. i’d joined a club and bought some sessions with a personal trainer. i went for the first time, and had my first session with the trainer, on saturday. i don’t know that i’ll get to the club every single day, like mark (some of us actually have jobs!). but i’m hoping i can do a minimum of 4 times each week. with that, i’m hoping to keep moving down at a good pace.
i was in 14th place (out of 176, so not terrible!) after the first week. i don’t know the 2nd week results yet. i’m hoping that by week three i can be in the top 10!