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Real Estate Biggest Loser
As you may remember, what started as a friendly $50 bet to see who could lose more weight in two weeks between between Jay Thompson and Dean Ouelette, grew into Real Estate’s Biggest Loser. Anybody could participate, all it cost was $50 towards the winners charity of choice and a commitment to lose some weight.
The whole thing started when Steve Belt, upon hearing Jay Thompson was a (former) avid cyclist, had been proding Jay for a long time to ride with him. After witnessing another prodding on twitter, Dean Ouelette issued a private challenge to Jay to lose weight. Jay thought it would be fun to get few other to join in and from that, the Real Estate Biggest Loser was born.
What's Your Motivation
- OEF/OIF Marines and Sailors injured in combat, training, or with life threatening illnesses
- Their families- to help defray the expenses incurred during hospitalization, rehabilitation, and recovery
- Other OEF/OIF service members injured while in direct support of Marine units and their families
- Help with expenses associated with the purchase of specialized equipment, adaptive vans or vehicles, and handicap home purchases and/or modifications
I coupled the Real Estate Biggest Loser contest with my training for the February 14th Myrtle Beach Marathon. So I not only took this as an opportunity to lose weight for my charity, I took this an an opportunity to push myself to run and swim harder and longer than I've ever done before.
How's it Going?
Everybody seems to be doing pretty darn good. Folks have lost anywhere around 5, 10 or 15 pounds so far. We're watching what we eat and we exercise more. Over the last 7 weeks, I've seen tweets about going to the gym on Christmas Day, elliptical training, lifting weights, walking, treadmills, mountain biking, cycling, running, swimming, hiking, diets, weekend activities, lower pant sizes, satisfaction because 5 pounds were lost over the Holidays instead of gaining 10 lbs, trying to figure out how to schedule in extra workouts because of a busy schedule, etc...
Me? I've lost 7.5 lbs since December 1. Although, I've gained a pound and a half in the last couple of weeks. But, I'm faster on the road and stronger in the pool and I owe it all to the Real Estate Biggest Loser mojo. Everyone particpiating motivated me, we motivated each other.
The Final Stretch
The Real Estate Biggest Loser contest ends next Sunday February 1 and it's going to be an exciting finish. Somebody's charity is going to win, but let me add to that. No matter what, everybody that participated has won. We'll all finish strong.
You know what I think? While the contest may end next week, the training won't. I bet many continue to do their thing... lifestyles have changed.