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OT: 3 months and 2.5 bags of Johnny Cat - all thanks to a great Risti

April 20 2012 at 11:53 PM

  (Login time4me)
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Imagine carrying this 10 pound bag of Johnny Cat around with you all day.

Now imagine carrying two and a half of these suckers around with you all day.

Now let me take you back to late December, 2011 - just before New Year's Eve. This was when my friend and regular p.com contributor Kevin Haugh texted me encouraging me to join him for a 60 day weight loss challenge to begin on January 1st. Well, I've tried making New Year's resolutions to lose weight pretty much every year for as long as I can remember. But this felt different. Here I had a good friend encouraging me to join him in losing weight, keeping each other honest with weekly weigh-ins. So I agreed.

Here is my weigh-in photo from January 1st (please excuse the bare feet)...

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While I had good intentions at the start of our challenge, I pretty much blew it the first week, and had to send this weigh-in pic to Kevin at the end of week 1...

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I HAD GAINED 2.5 POUNDS! Well, that didn't go so well.

But with some really great texting support from Kevin, I quickly got on track. Here are the weekly weigh-in pics over the next three weeks...

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Then I sent this pic to Kevin...

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Followed by more weekly weigh-in pics...

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And another notch in my belt...

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And then the final weigh-in from the 60 day weight loss challenge...

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I'm not sure why we called it a "challenge", as there were no prizes up for grabs, other than the prize of both of us feeling really good about losing some weight. But it didn't stop there - we both decided to just keep on going into March with the healthy eating and excercising.

In early March I met Kevin for lunch in San Francisco, and he had a present for me... a really cool new wifi scale that keeps all of my weight and BMI data logged online so I can access it from my iPhone. So, as the weight loss continued, so did the weekly weigh-ins...

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And the leather adjustments - this time to my SoCal GTG strap...

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And this brings us to the end of March...

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And another belt notch...

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And this is where the Johnny Cat reference comes into play - 2.5 bags of Johnny Cat, or 25 pounds, is what I no longer have to carry around all day every day!

Well, if you stayed with me through this 3 month journey, thank you! I know that most of you come here primarily for the watch content, not my ugly bare feet. But, if it weren't for the Panerai brand, I never would have met Kevin many years ago, and I'd probably still be wallowing around in the mid to high 270's.

I'll end with a pic of Kevin and I in San Francisco where we met with our wives on March 30 for a celebration dinner...

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ps. we're still going strong into April and beyond!



Jim (time4me)

"It is not so much how you manage the successes but how you withstand the crisis."

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