OK, I decided to take LarryWalksFast up on his bet. I'm betting that I can lose 10 lbs by June 1 and keep it off for a year.
As many people know, I've been wanting to get down to 120 for a couple of years. The last time I was at 120, I was training for a full marathon and not really paying attention to what I ate. The truth is, I eat better automatically when I'm in training, I just don't count calories well. And when you are walking a lot of miles every week, the junk doesn't do much damage. (I eat a lot more veggies, too, I just don't stop eating foods I like.)
So, why do I want to lose weight? There are couple of reasons. I don't like the way I look in photos -- especially photos of me sitting. I have a layer of fat that very few people have ever seen -- or will see. I recently found the results of my last physical which said that my cholesterol was slightly high and losing weight would help. (How did I forget that.) And I want to racewalk faster. I am positive that the 10 lbs will help me be faster. In addition, in order to burn extra calories, I will be walking more, so that too will help me be a faster walker.
I'm not good at being told what to do or being nagged. I tend to rebel when forced into something. However, a bet makes this a challenge. If someone thinks I can't do something, well, I will do whatever it takes to prove that person wrong.
So, you are on Larry! I will lose 10 lbs (it might be 12 lbs by now) and get down to 120 by June 1 and I will keep it off for an entire year. (You do realize that is less than a pound a week, right?) Have your money waiting.
Check out Larry's blog at: http://larrywalksfast.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/just-checking-in/.
You can also follow him on Twitter at @LarryWalksFast.