August 4 2013, a group of co-workers & I decided to start a “Biggest Loser” competition. At initial weigh-in, I weighed 332 lbs. My wife & I had been saying we needed to get into better shape as our 50th birthdays were in 2014 and we planned to go on an around the world 3 month trip. I decided to join in and chipped in my $10 (15 people joined). The prize was for the largest percentage lost in 3 months. I lost 68 lbs (20%), weighing 264, and I won $150!
Later, the group and some additional co-workers decided to do it again; same rules starting 01 Jan 2014. Once again, I chipped in $10 thinking I would pay it forward and someone else would win. In this 3-month period, I lost 37 for a total of 16%, was down to 227 and won again! While this happened, I had changed from a 46” waist pants to a 34” waist pants—and spent way more than the prize money on clothes—BUT it was worth it!
Since then I have dropped down to a low of 211, gone backpacking in New Mexico with my nephew (90 miles in 10 days) and have started section hiking the Appalachian Trail. What changes did I make in my life to bring this about? I started using Noom Coach Pro to track my food intake, daily exercise, eating 6 small meals a day. The biggest food changes I made were to start eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat (stopped ordering the 18oz ribeye and started splitting the 8oz ribeye with my wife). We refer to it as “meat on the side” eating. I also reduced my alcohol consumption, used healthier cooking oils, and lowered starch and fat content. I also began walking the dog everyday between and 2 to 4 miles, and parking my car on the 5th floor of our work garage so I could the stairs up and down to the office each day. I still use Noom Coach daily to track my food/exercise while in maintenance mode and have stayed steady between 211 and 217 for 3 months now. My wife is also using Noom Coach and has lost 50 lbs herself!