So…the First Fat Guy Challenge officially ended on Saturday at midnight. Whatever the scale said on Sunday morning would determine if we lost the challenge or not!
What We Stand To Lose
Losing the challenge would mean having to give up all of our clothes that are too small. In the past, whenever we looked at our closet and saw all of the clothes that we can no longer fit, we decided to keep them and said that we would lose weight. Then, we would look into the 3 or 4 bins of clothes in the other closet, and say the same thing.
We finally got tired of keeping our old clothes and “planning” to be able to fit them one day. So we decided to set a goal for the month of May – to lose 25lbs combined by the end of the month (we started a few days into the month, so we just went 31 days from May 5th).
If we were not able to lose 25lbs by Sunday morning, we would have to give away all of the old clothes in our closet and our bins. This would also mean that every time we lose a good amount of weight – maybe 20lbs – we would have to buy new clothes. Buying clothing for every transitional stage would be very expensive – especially considering that we would only be able to wear them for a month or two.
Since we are trying to pay off debt, that was a huge motivation for this month.
The last time I weighed myself I was 279.6 with only 3 days left to lose the remaining 4.6lbs! I was really nervous, because I wasn’t losing that much weight over the last week and a half, even though I was working out daily! Actually, during the last week I was working out twice each day!
I woke up on Sunday morning unsure of what evil games the scale had in store for me! I made sure that I weighed myself before eating or drinking anything – which is my normal practice. The walk to the scale seemed to go in slow motion – like in a movie.
I was nervous – thinking about losing all of those clothes – so I did a few jumping jacks before getting on the scale. I’m not sure if that helped or not, but when I jumped on, it stared back at me with a number that I hadn’t seen this month.
I got off and on a few times just to make sure it was accurate – plus, all that movement might burn some more calories. After all of that hard work and sacrifice, my weight was…
This means that I lost 16lbs since the beginning of the challenge! I met my goal.
However, I was only one part of the challenge. We had to lose a combined 25lbs, or we both have to giveaway our clothes! This means that unless my wife lost 9lbs, we would have to buy replacement clothes about every 30 – 40 days. There is no way we can afford to do that.
I’m not sure if my wife’s trip to the scale was a dramatic as mine, but it wasn’t fun. After weighing herself, she came in and told me that she lost 9.9lbs! That gives us a grand total of 25.9lbs in 31 days.
This means that we beat the challenge, and we get to keep our clothes!!!
photo by Liz Noffsinger
It actually looks like my body has gotten a tiny bit smaller during the last month, so I think that my original goal of losing 100lbs will stand. That means that now is no time to take a break from counting calories, exercising, and being disciplined. If anything, it will get harder, since the first few pounds are usually the easiest to lose.
Also, I do not plan to use my weight as a gauge of my progress. I plan to take measurements, pictures, and other tools (such as how my clothes fit) in order to see how I am doing. Ultimately, it will come down to figuring out the right things for my body, and being consistent and disciplined until I hit my goal!
article photo by Elsie esq.
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