I am happy to reveal that I did it...I won the Biggest Loser Competition I've been participating in.
The competition lasted 12-weeks, and I lost a total of 24.2 Lbs! (we as a group lost over 65 lbs.) I am competitive by nature, but I never really thought I'd win. However, I'm happy to report I won about $100, which will be used to help fund my upcoming "bingo bus" trip.
Because we actually enjoyed having "accountability" each week, we have decided to begin a new competition, not sure if it's going to run for another 12 or 8 weeks, but I'd like to see maybe 10 more pounds shed, so when my dieting actually stops, if I gain a few pounds I'll still be good.
Before anyone starts thinking I'm just a crazy girl trying to be skinny, I want to clarify that my weight became an issue for me during chemotherapy. Of course I figured I'd lose weight, like the people do in the movies, but not this girl. I actually put on about 35 lbs.!
My chemo cycle was one treatment everything three weeks. So the day before and after my chemo I would be on steroids. Due to the chemo my appetite would be horrible for a few days, but after the first few days, I certainly made up for it. I would eat cake, cookies, donuts, McDonalds, Burger King, etc., everyday. I craved sweets. My mom would stay with me all day, and if I wanted a milk shake, she run and buy me one! She was way to good to me. But with that luxury, I certainly took advantage of it.
Fast forward to a year and one half after treatments, I'm at the highest weight I've ever seen (minus pregnancy) and just had no clue how to get rid of it. I had started attending Jazzercise classes, but not as regular as I should. Sure, I lost a few pounds, but not enough.
So when the two weight lost competitions fell into my lap, I couldn't resist. I'm so happy I participated in both of them! A great benefit of the competition is seeing people I know (and actually care about) make changes to better their lifestyles. I've seen close friends shed pounds by eating healthy, exercising and making smarter choices all around.
I look forward to sharing my weight loss journey with you as it continues. I'd also be happy to cheer any of you on during your own journeys. Just drop me a email or comment! I know how much every one's faith and wishes helped me!