Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Biggest Loser is Back!

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The Biggest Loser season 8 premieres tonight on NBC. It just occurred to me that I weigh more right now than I did when the first season of the Biggest Loser was on. At that time I had lost a lot of weight. I remember comparing my body fat loss percentage to that of the contestants on the show. I was probably at my highest weight ever in 1998 or 1999. By 2003 I was at my lowest weight since high school. I reduced my weight by 41% from the high point of the late 90s! Most of that came from a serious effort at losing weight in 2002-2003. I lost about 100 pounds during that time.

It makes me sad to think that I regained the weight I lost, and I have not successfully lost that weight over the past 3 or 4 years. Imagine the fun I had when I went to Las Vegas in 2003 after losing over 100 pounds. The seat belt fit me just fine on the plane, and I even rode the roller coaster at the New York New York hotel. Then imagine when I went back in 2008, pushing 400 pounds. I needed a seat belt extender on the airplane, and felt exhausted during the entire experience. I remember laying down in my hotel room, half asleep, while the other guys were down having fun at the pool.

Thanks to Medifast and some hard work, I have lost over 30 pounds this year, and I have kept that weight off. I am in a much more positive place now than I was back in 2008. Exercise is not difficult now, and I am more physically active at this point than I have been in the last 3 or 4 years. I have just started another attempt at the P90X workout program. I tried it back in June, and I just wasn't ready.

I'm tired of messing around with this. I am going to watch The Biggest Loser and match the contestants weight loss. They lose weight quickly, and they turn into athletes. Why can't I do the same?

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