Rachel asked me last week how I had lost weight earlier this year and what made it work this time. Aside from the whole free personal trainer thing, which was absolutely incredible, I have to say it was the humiliation factor. I knew, that no matter how much I gained or lost, it was going to be in the newspaper for all the world (or at least the Chicagoland area) to see. If I gained when the other contestants lost, it would have been mortifying. And I worked my butt off to make sure I did not post a gain in the entire 12 weeks.
There’s no way that another newspaper and personal training gym are going to call me up and offer their services, so Rachel’s e-mail inspired me to take matters into my own hands. She and I each have a blog, and so does my online weight loss buddy, Sara. If we were to do our OWN contest and post our results every single week, I’d be back in the same situation as the first contest–knowing that multiple people would be seeing my results each week, and being really embarrassed if my friends were both kicking butt, while I just collapsed on the couch.
Fortunately, they were both interested, and our contest begins in five days! We’re still ironing out all the details, but I can’t wait to get started! I was a little sad at the grocery store this weekend when I went to pick up a box of pasta and made myself put it back. My plan is to follow the Fittest Loser eating plan for the 12 weeks, except for one dinner each weekend. I’m scared just thinking about it–but also giddy at the idea of seeing real results again.
I am going to share my contest eating plan and exercise programs my trainer gave me so everyone has access to the same knowledge and I don’t have an unfair advantage from having lived this before (we do not have to follow the same diet or exercise programs, though). I’ll post the diet and my treadmill workouts here this coming week. I don’t remember my training workouts, other than that they involved a whole bunch of squats, push-ups and lunges.
Hmm, maybe I will call up my trainer and interview her for the blog! I can share some workout tips for the contest girls to follow, and for any of you who are interested. I miss Michelle!
Anyone have any ideas for contest names? My coworker suggested Lose to Win, which I liked. I also like the idea of doing it in 12-week phases, with the option to do a second phase in the new year. Lose to Win: Healthy for the Holidays is my favorite name so far, but I’m excited to hear ideas from Sara, Rachel and any of you!