The Whitehill Weight Loss Challenge

Scott and I are completely fed up with how much weight we’ve gained over the years so we decided to do a little weight loss challenge for the next 2 months starting today. We’re not sure what the prize for winning will be yet, probably money though. It’ll be based on the total % of pounds lost to make it more fair between us. We’ll be weighing in once a week to keep track of how we’re doing, and there are rules like NO DIET PILLS. I want this to be a lifestyle change. Last night we weighed ourselves and took “before” pictures. I’m starting at 175 lbs and Scott is at 196 lbs. I would really like to lose 20 lbs. That seems reasonable anyways. I’m pretty nervous since I’m sure it’ll be much easier for Scott. If nothing else though, this will help us be healthier. I REALLY need to work on portion control. Tonight, I measured out a half cup of ice cream instead of just filling up the bowl. That HAS to help, right?


After some ups and downs with working out 5 days a week and being pretty unmotivated after my last PT failure, I’m finally seeing a little bit of progress with my personal trainer. I feel stronger and am able to do more than I was before. I remember the first work out with Sandi and she had me to one of my most hated exercises: dips. I couldn’t do very many at all and it put so much pressure on my wrists. She keeps telling me that it’s because my arms are supposed to be supporting my weight, but are too weak and my wrists are taking the weight of me. Well, today the dips went way better and I was pretty excited. This is just what I needed. Seeing some progress has inspired me to make my umpteenth attempt at a food journal. It won’t be anything crazy. All I’m going to do is write down what I eat during the day. No calorie counting. No sitting there pondering the intensity of my hunger and how I am feeling (ex: bored). I’m just going to acknowledge what I eat during the day.

Day One: The Assessment

Today was the first day with my personal trainer, Sandi. We talked about my goals and she did an assessment on where I am now. From watching me do some exercises, she could determine where my weaknesses are and what I’ll need to work to improve. She also did a heart rate bike test. Basically, the test is used to determine how high your heart rate goes based on the amount of energy you’re exerting. So if you’re in shape, your heart rate wouldn’t go up a lot doing a rather easy exercise. But for me, it was higher than it should have been for the amount of effort put in. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I’ll be getting very individualized workouts, but at the same time, she is going to work me hard. I’m going to be sore. When I hear what she expects me to do eventually, it seems so distant. One thing at a time though.