It seems in life that things happen in bunches.
Right around the time you get married, it seems all your friends are getting married.
Right around the time you start having kids, everyone else is having kids.
And right around the time you start losing weight, everyone else wants to lose a few pounds as well.
A month and a half ago, I posted that I was on my way to losing some weight and getting myself a six-pack. It’s been okay so far, with about six or seven pounds lost.
Since, then I have found others of my friends and co-workers who are also trying to do the same.
One colleague, Matt, has challenge another colleague to see who can lose the most weight in a month.
Then, through a series of events I don’t quite understand or remember, Matt was making a logo for Amy, who wanted to do a 15-week challenge. She’s actually created a challenge for people to lose weight. (I think there’s prizes, but check out her blog for more details).
Amy’s blog led me to Angie’s blog, who has lost almost 130 pounds.
I’m sure that blog could lead me to another blog. It’s almost like the Old Testament in the bible (and Matt begot Amy who begot Angie who begot…).
I know some high school friends of mine have created separate Facebook groups for support as they battle to lose weight.
I know there are also plenty of shows related to losing weight. The Biggest Loser seems to be the most popular, but I don’t like that fact that people can get voted off the show. They’re already dealing with personal issues with their weight: giving them another reason to be disappointed doesn’t make sense.
The best show was called Taking it Off. It followed Canadians as they tried to lose weight. It wasn’t a competition, and everyone was different. One person might be trying to lose 200 pounds, while someone else was trying to lose 30 pounds.
All of the people on the show tried different techniques to lose weight. But the best was that it also focused on their personal lives. One person, for example, was a single dad of three, and worked long hours. At the beginning, he was able to keep on his weight-loss routine, but as the show went on, you could see the stress his personal life was having on his weight, until he started eating out again and gaining it back.
Another one was in a bad relationship (she was actually featured on Oprah a couple of times).
In the end, most of the people lost weight of some point. I think it would be interesting to check back on them now, five or more years later, to see if they kept it off though.