On Nov. 28, 2012 I set a goal to lose 65 pounds by August of 2013. Five weeks into my journey and 10 pounds lighter, I told Michelle I would take the Weight No More Challenge. I encouraged her to do it with me as she and I are highly competitive. I am little embarrassed to say, she whooped my butt in the 13 week contest, I am also proud. The reason is simple. We are both winners.
Since starting our journeys we have both lost at least 25 pounds. In Michelle's case, nearly 30. I still remember her telling me she did not have time to do this. Like Michelle so often does, she found the time.
One of the goals I set during this contest was to be under 250 pounds when it ended. Greg Little helped me achieve that this past Saturday.
Greg is a man of many talents. One of these talents is, he has never heard of a Kindle. Greg has the contents of the Library of Congress in boxes that he takes from one location to the next as his job takes him to different parts of the United States. He cherishes his books like a monkey cherishes a banana. Once again, Greg was moving. This time though, from his apartment in Honesdale to a home out in Bethany. Moving with him, are his darn books, which he wanted to store in the basement. That's where I came in.
Being younger, and better looking than Greg, it was my job to help him move this past Saturday. This is the second time I have moved these darn books and I vowed to Greg it would be the last. I swore I would drop dead before he ever got the chance to move again. Greg even went so far as to pack boxes that weighed in excess of 7,000 pounds. He put my name on them in black marker so he or his wife would not accidentally carry them to the van.
One of his other talents is the ability to pack a van. Somehow, we managed to get at least 100 boxes into that van in one trip. Two-hundred of which had to go in the basement and 300 of which were all books. Okay, I tend to exaggerate for effect but you get the point. He has a lot of books.
We started at 12:30 and I reminded Greg I had to weigh in at the YMCA. To make a long story short, I handled the stairs quite well. Greg was amazed and I was pretty impressed myself. In all honesty though, I was crawling up the stairs for the last 20 boxes. We finished at 4:30 having made two trips to Bethany filling a full cargo size van and a Jeep Patriot to overflowing twice.
The moment of truth came. I got to the YMCA at five minutes before closing and stepped on the scale. 251.8 pounds. I was ecstatic. Keep in mind, the Speedo effect.
Page 2 of 2 - I always weigh myself at home commando style. Because of this, I knew I had met my goal. In all, I lost 14.8 pounds in Weight No More and 10.2 outside the contest. When I got home, I hit the scale, commando style. I was 249.4 pounds. Exactly 25 pounds since Nov. 28. I couldn't be happier.
Sadly though, I owe my success to those darn books.