I am the Biggest Loser!!

If you’ve been reading my blog for the last few weeks (original story here), you’ll know that I’ve been participating in a Biggest Loser contest at my gym.  Well… I WON!  I’m floating on air with excitement.  I didn’t really think I had much of a chance, but I did it!  I actually did it!  

Honestly, I was in a tough situation… here I am a food blogger who prepares delicious food every day, and I’m trying to win a contest where I have to limit myself from eating that delicious food.  It’s an amazingly difficult spot to be in.  It required huge willpower and the willingness to cook more healthfully.  It required being honest with my readers about my daily struggle.  And it required a dedication that I wasn’t sure I had.  Somehow I mustered up the courage to participate (and managed to do very well).

Here are the details-
*31 people participated (7 men and 24 women)
*We were measured at the beginning and the end, but we were weighed weekly.
*We met each Saturday for weigh-in & a special Boot Camp workout to do as a group.
*We had a handful of trainers who cheered us on and encouraged us to participate in exercise classes.  Each week they gave us a workout guideline to follow (getting a little more intense as the weeks passed).

My results in five weeks:
*I lost a total of 11 pounds (6% of my body weight).
*I lost a total of 7 inches (chest + abs + waist).
*I was the winner of the women… there was a winner for the men too (he lost 8%).

What this means?
I feel great.  I really do!  I have loads more energy, and I’m happy.  I’m fitting into clothes that haven’t seen the light of day in a couple of years, and that makes me even happier :)  The contest isn’t over for me at all.  I plan to continue eating healthfully and exercising (as do many of the other contestants).  There’s quite a bit more I’d like to lose.  Our trainers will have a special workout for us once a month and weigh us in to keep the momentum going. 

I’ve always been so inspired by watching the progress of the contestants on The Biggest Loser TV show, and I know there are so many copycat contests popping up at gyms, in offices and among friends.  If any of you are considering taking part in one of these, I suggest you give it a try.  It’s wonderful to be a part of a group (there are 31 of us) who are all working toward the same goal.  I met some really great new friends, and it made the agony of exercising and attempting to lose weight more bearable.   We cheered each other on every step of the way… and in the end the result was so satisfying for us all- not everybody lost a lot of weight, but we all lost inches, and there were quite a few noticeable body changes for most of the contestants.

Thank YOU dear readers for your awesome, encouraging comments and shared experiences.  They have kept me going and keep me inspired.  It has really helped to blog about the experience and get feedback from you.  I’ll keep blogging about my experience but instead of a weekly progress, I’ll be transitioning to a monthly weight loss progress update.  My focus will still be on healthfully prepared food (with a few evil baked goods thrown in for good measure).  If you have fabulous healthy cookbook recommendations, please continue to share. 

If you’re on Twitter- you can follow me HERE, where I’ll talk more frequently about how things are going with my healthy eating journey. 

((Huge Hugs)) to all of my supportive readers!   We celebrated my win with a Valentine’s Dinner out & a bottle of ’02 Silver Oak Cabernet that was selected from the personal collection of the winery owner :)  (I figured it was as good a time as any to pop open that special bottle- and it was excellent!)

P.S.  In all of my excitement, I forgot to share what I actually won:  A spa gift basket, as well as 3 personal training sessions (which I promptly handed over to my husband.)

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50 Responses to “I am the Biggest Loser!!”

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    Lisa — February 15, 2009 @ 6:23 AM

    Wow,Congrats!That is an accomplishment. I am really impressed that you beat out all the men. They seem to lose weight so much quicker than women.

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    heather — February 15, 2009 @ 6:25 AM

    congrats to you! that’s awesome!

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    Tiffany — February 15, 2009 @ 6:40 AM

    Wow! Congrats!! I wish you the best in your journey! What an exciting time, because you did it for yourself and got a special “treat” along the way! Good for you.

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    VeggieGirl — February 15, 2009 @ 7:01 AM

    HELL YES!!! You rock :-D

    By the way, thank you so much for your comment on my recent post – your support and understanding mean so much, I cannot even begin to tell you.

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    snooky doodle — February 15, 2009 @ 7:02 AM

    I m really happy for you! I admire your will power . Keep it up. Thanks for your healthy recipes :)

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    Barbara — February 15, 2009 @ 7:06 AM

    Congratulations – you really deserved it passing up all those yummy Valentine’s treats!

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    aleta — February 15, 2009 @ 7:38 AM

    OMG congratulations!! You were pretty intense there, so I can’t say I’m surprised. =)

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    LilSis — February 15, 2009 @ 7:58 AM

    That’s awesome! What a great accomplishment! I can’t imagine being able to lose that much weight while making some of the awesome treats that you make. Good job!!

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    HoneyB — February 15, 2009 @ 8:04 AM

    Congrats Lori! That is AWESOME!

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    Manggy — February 15, 2009 @ 8:15 AM

    Super congratulations! I’m glad you won!!! :)

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    Mary Coleman — February 15, 2009 @ 9:11 AM

    Fabulous news, honey!! Congratulations!

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    Cathy - wheresmydam — February 15, 2009 @ 9:43 AM

    You go girl!! You rock… Congratulations

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    megan — February 15, 2009 @ 9:55 AM

    Awesome. I bet your were stoked!!! Keep up the good work and keep inspiring the rest of us. I need that inspiration. Congrats on your accomplishment!

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    Louise — February 15, 2009 @ 10:05 AM

    Oh Happy Day, Lori! Congratulations to YOU!!!!!

    I’ll be dropping in for some more healthy hints. I’ve been trying to quite smoking. I pray for your will power.

    Thank you so much for sharing. It has brought a sparkle of hope to my endeavor.

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    Anne — February 15, 2009 @ 10:23 AM

    Congratulations! That’s awesome!

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    Kim W. — February 15, 2009 @ 10:24 AM

    You ROCK! I’ve lost 10 pounds in the same time as you, but not the same inches! I think you exercise MUCH more effectively than I do.

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    Cookienurse — February 15, 2009 @ 11:16 AM

    Wow, what an incredible accomplishment!!
    I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time and haven’t had the results you had. Awesome…you are my hero!!

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    noble pig — February 15, 2009 @ 11:19 AM

    Congrats! That’s so awesome! Before and after pics?

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    Elyse — February 15, 2009 @ 11:23 AM

    Congrats! Keep up the great work!

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    Kate — February 15, 2009 @ 11:56 AM

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

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    patsyk — February 15, 2009 @ 12:10 PM

    Congrats! You worked so hard for it, the bonus is how good you feel!

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    Nicisme — February 15, 2009 @ 1:09 PM

    Yay! Fantastic, well done!

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    Katrina — February 15, 2009 @ 1:52 PM

    You go, Girl! You have more will power than I do. Keep it up! I workout 1 1/2 hours everyday, but still taste all my goodies! ;)

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    Melissa — February 15, 2009 @ 2:09 PM

    That is so awesome Lori!! I’m thrilled that you’re fitting into old clothes – I think that’s the greatest feeling, aside from having all the energy.

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    Reeni — February 15, 2009 @ 2:15 PM

    Congrats!!!!!! I’m so proud of you!! You have been working so hard, and resisting all those delicious goodies. Enjoy your spa package, you deserve it!

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    Amanda — February 15, 2009 @ 2:24 PM

    Congratulations! That is so fun!!

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    Marci — February 15, 2009 @ 2:32 PM

    Congrats! I enjoy your blog!

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    Memoria — February 15, 2009 @ 6:42 PM

    WOW!!! Congratulations! I now have no excuse to get back on track. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Kirby! — February 15, 2009 @ 8:35 PM

    Rock on!!! That is so awesome. It sounds like this contest inspired a real lifestyle change for you! Very exciting! Best of luck keeping it up!

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    Nicole — February 15, 2009 @ 9:09 PM

    Yeah!!! Congratulations on the big win! And the new site. Looks great as I am sure you do. Wow new look and clothes for you and your blog. How cool is that.

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    Sylvie — February 16, 2009 @ 2:52 AM

    Congratulations! You did it! Way to go!

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    Val — February 16, 2009 @ 5:10 AM

    Congratulations Lori! Awesome news!

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    Jennifer — February 16, 2009 @ 5:28 AM

    Congratulations! Keep up all that good work!

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    Nancy — February 16, 2009 @ 5:28 AM

    Fantastic! I’m very impressed!

    who needs to lose about 11 lbs too.

    : (

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    glutenfreeforgood — February 16, 2009 @ 6:13 AM

    Wow, congratulations to you! As a nutritionist, I know how difficult it is for people to lose weight in a health and sustaining way. I am so impressed that a “recipe girl” was able to create wonderful foods, make nourishing choices, lose weight, and get healthy all at the same time! And you did it the right way. You should be very proud!
    Keep up the good work.

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    Leslie Green — February 16, 2009 @ 7:03 AM

    OMG..that is soooooo awesome!!! Now go eat a cookie! lal..I kid I kid!!!

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    CookiePie — February 16, 2009 @ 7:07 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! You rock! You’re an inspiration!!!

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    Rayrena — February 16, 2009 @ 7:07 AM

    Congratulations! That’s great to hear!

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    dawn — February 16, 2009 @ 8:27 AM

    Oh man what an accomplishment! Congrats to you! That is awesome!

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    Cheryl — February 16, 2009 @ 12:28 PM

    Congratulations on the Biggest Looser!! You are an inspiration to all of us!

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    RobinSue — February 16, 2009 @ 4:01 PM

    Weeeeee good for you Lori! That is a great big goal accomplished for you. Keep up the good work.

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    Stacey Snacks — February 16, 2009 @ 4:11 PM

    I am very proud of you!
    that is quite an accomplishment.
    You go girl!

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    Bunny — February 16, 2009 @ 6:00 PM

    Congratulations!! You’re doing a fantastic job with your weight loss and no it’s not easy to bake and cook as wonderfully as you do and no want to eat it all! You are an inspiration, keep up the good work!

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    Megan — February 16, 2009 @ 6:27 PM

    Congrats! That is so awesome!!

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    Lori — February 17, 2009 @ 8:50 AM

    What awesome news!! Congrats! You worked so hard, you certainly deserve a win. Enjoy every bit of it.

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    kelli — February 17, 2009 @ 10:25 AM

    congrats on thw weight loss and winning. My fellow faculty members have gotten together to do this too. Its been great motivator

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    Angela — February 17, 2009 @ 9:02 PM

    Good for you. I wish my gym would do that. It sounds like you worked hard, and you are sharing very good information too.

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    Marie — February 17, 2009 @ 9:41 PM

    Congrats to you!!Thats excellent Lori. My son joined a biggest loser boot camp at his park district, he was the winner too. He got so inspired he joined 2 more times. Did a 5k, 10k, trained, lost 60 lbs, and last Oct, ran in the Chicago marathon. Today he’s still a lean, mean running machine, and signed up for this years marathon too.

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    Shanna — February 18, 2009 @ 11:28 AM

    Absolutely fantastic! I’m so very proud of you and your accomplishment. You’ve worked very hard and deserve this.

    Outstanding! Keep on going!


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    karen — February 18, 2009 @ 10:24 PM

    Fantastic! What an inspiration you are. Well done!