Thursday, February 18, 2010

Biggest Loser Challenge

DAY: 18

OK. You got me. I’m frustrated that I haven’t lost any weight in 8 days. I’m sure the sweet potato from yesterday’s lunch did me no good.

Today kicked off Wrigley’s “Biggest Loser” competition. As you might know, Extra Gum sponsors the TV Show, the Biggest Loser. They say gum helps you get through those sweet cravings. In conjunction with the show, the Extra team posed a challenge to Wrigley associates to lose some weight too. The goal of the program is for Wrigley associates to lose a collective 500 lbs. For every pound we lose, money gets donated to a charity – up to a max of $10,000!  Winners for those that lose the largest percentage of their body weight have some nice prices.  I'm sure I won't be one of those people.

This challenge would have been awesome right before my diet, but since I’m ~4.5 lbs down from the beginning of this CLEAN program, I’m afraid I don’t have much more ‘easy’ weight to lose. Nevertheless, I weighed in today to join the challenge.

Call it cheating, call it what you like… but right before I weighed in, I ate breakfast, lunch, drank 2 liters of water and held off stopping in the restroom. It proved to be worth it: Clothes + Shoes + Food + 2 Liters Water +/- variations in my scale to the Doctor’s scale = 8 lbs. I contemplated stuffing my pockets full of change and wearing my winter jacket – but that would have been excessive. For every pound we lose $20 worth of sports equipment gets donated to underprivileged children. It’s a good cause, a good motivator and a good team bonding experience.

Let’s hope I get past my plateau and start to lose more weight.


Blueberry, Peach and Spinach Smoothie with Almond Milk. At this point, I’ve just decided to throw everything into the blender without measuring anything and see what I get. Sometimes the outcome is terrible and sometimes it’s fantastic. Today’s was watery, but had a mild sweet flavor. The ice melted by the time I could eat breakfast at 10am since I drank my last shake so late last night. This twelve hour thing between last meal of yesterday and first meal of today is really throwing off my schedule.

Quinoa Salad and 5 slices of chicken.

I made an Apple-Butternut Squash soup. But when I got home, I just didn't feel like eating it. Instead, I had some spinach, yellow squash and pickles.  Yum pickles.  Maybe I'll chug the soup tomorrow...

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