This past January we decided to have a weight loss contest at PeerFly. We had a great time early in January at Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas, but everyone was feeling a bit fat. I had gained back about 30 pounds since graduating college (I lost 40 pounds in 2010) and moving to Florida. Chad, Davey, Travis, Charlie, and I all decided to participate in the first ever PeerFly weight loss contest.
We decided to each put in $100 and since this was going to be a company contest, PeerFly matched our $500 total making a grand prize of $1,000. Whoever lost the most weight by June 18th would win the entire prize. On our first weigh in I was at a hefty 190.2 pounds.
My Weight Loss Strategy
I decided that in order to lose some weight I was going to need some help from an old friend, Weight Watchers. I had already lost 40 pounds using Weight Watchers once, so I knew it was possible. My wife and I signed up and started tracking our Points and weight. We also went and worked out 5-6 days a week. Each night we’d go to the gym our apartment company provides and I would run 1-3 miles on the treadmill and then play basketball for 30 minutes to an hour. Losing weight is 20% exercise and 80% diet from what I have experienced, so it’s very important to keep a strict diet and not overeat. Weight Watchers is a great tool to help keep your food portions under control. If you’re trying to lose weight I highly suggest it.
Here is a table with my weight, pounds lost, and percent of total weight lost over the course of our contest.
|Date||Weight||Total Lost||Percent Lost|
|February 10th||179.2||11 lbs||5.78%|
|April 13th||167.2||23 lbs||12.09%|
|May 11th||165.8||24.4 lbs||12.82%|
|June 4th||166||24.2 lbs||12.72%|
|June 18th||161.6||28.6 lbs||15.03%|
You can see over the course of about 5.5 months I lost 28.6 pounds. I am very proud of my weight loss and think I did a great job. My goal weight was 165 pounds and I reached that in May, so I knew it was going to take some work to maintain that weight until the end of the contest. I successfully maintained my weight without any problem and was even able to drop a few extra pounds for the last weight in by fasting.
I decided to fast the day before the end of the contest to help myself lose a few extra pounds before the weight in and fasting has been something I have been interested in since reading about Steve Jobs doing it in his biography. I do not think I have ever gone an entire 24 hours without eating any food and thought it’d be interesting to give it a try. So, I had 2 pieces of toast with a cup of coffee at around 10AM on Sunday and didn’t eat anything or drink anything but water until about noon earlier today (about 26 hours fasting). I also went for a 1.3 mile run and played about a half hour of basketball while I was fasting to help my body burn off some stored fat.
Fasting was a cool experience. I wasn’t really hungry at all until after I had eaten lunch. During my fast I felt fine and the only thing that really bothered me was the smell of the food my wife was eating. I am considering fasting every Sunday to cleanse my body, but I want to do some more research on it before I fully dedicate myself.
Although I was leading for the most part of the contest, Travis was able to pull through at the very end and beat me. Here are the final weight loss percentages:
Travis beat me by 0.45% and he lost almost 10 pounds the day before the contested ended, so I was in the lead for the majority of the contest. If I had lost an extra pound, I would have won $1,000, but I am not disappointed. I’ve maintained my goal weight for almost two months now and I’m in the best shape I have ever been in. During the weight loss contest I also ran my first 5k (on the treadmill, not in an actual 5k), which I am very proud of.
The contest was a lot of fun, but my goal is to never participate in another weight loss contest again. I should be able to maintain my goal weight (155-165) as long as I continue to eat well and work out on a regular basis. I don’t have an extra $1,000 sitting around, but I definitely got a lot of benefits from the PeerFly weight loss contest and long term I think it’s really going to pay off!