PeerFly Weight Loss Contest

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.

My Progress

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
January 31st 190.2
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.

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.

Contest Winner

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 15.48%
Luke 15.03%
Chad 7.13%
Charlie 4.38%
Davey 0.4%

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!

Discussion

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