This past week was not unlike any other. I worked out on Monday and Thursday with Ken Cutcher of Anytime Fitness, played racquetball with my friend, worked out at home and tried my best to watch what I ate throughout the week. I went to my class in Elyria on Wednesday night, and kept busy over the weekend.
On Friday our FIT Challenge group met for the first time since we began working out the first of January. It was incredible to see the smiles on everyone’s faces and to hear about their amazing weight-loss totals from the month of January. Needless to say, if I want to win this contest, I’ve got a lot of work to do!
As I drove home after the meeting, I reflected on the first month and the progress I’ve made. I had set a goal to lose 15 to 20 pounds in January. I came up a bit short as I weighed in 13.5 pounds lighter on Jan. 31. Part of me wants to be very happy, but not meeting my goal is disappointing. However, I didn’t reach my goal because I didn’t work hard enough, so I only have myself to blame.
Moving forward, my goal is have a total loss of 25 to 30 pounds by the end of February. When this is finished at the end of June, I hope to be down between 70 and 80 pounds. I would love to lose more than the 73 pounds Steve Wilson lost last year, but I’ll have to become a workout machine to match his incredible effort.
Finally, my last thought before I got home Friday night was one I did not think I would have - I really don’t care if I win this competition. It’s not that I am giving up; it’s just winning the FIT Challenge isn’t the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal for me, and I believe it’s the same for all of us, is to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle and to lose weight. We all are in the midst of a major life change, and I am still excited to be a part of this fantastic voyage!