Mark Damron Blog

DECEMBER 9, 2010

I lost my wedding ring because of The Biggest Loser competition.

What was once strangling my ring finger became so loose it fell off and disappeared into the unknown.

I offered my kids a $25.00 reward to find it.  Everyone looked and nothing was found.  When the reward was bumped to $50.00 my son got out a flashlight and a magnifying glass and found it.  It had slipped deep into the couch.  Now fortified with hospital tape I can safely wear it again.

That's not all I lost.  I just went to the Dr for my yearly follow up to my check up/blood work visit where he usually tells me that I better start taking this medicine and that medicine to combat cholesterol and other fun potential life threatening diseases.

For the first time since I was 12 this was a praise visit. When  we looked at blood work from a year ago my overall cholesterol level dropped 50 points to a much healthier 161. My triglycerides dropped from 214 to 64. Everything else showed similar big improvements. All due to exercise and eating right. The blood work was done about 5 weeks into the competition so it could even be better now.

I cannot thank Bob and Amy and all the other trainers enough for the last nine weeks. I've lost over 40 pounds and gained energy, gratitude, and hope.

Hope feels good.  If you want to feel better- get up, get someone to help you, and get moving.

Life IS good...................

OCTOBER 27, 2010
The Wave 3 Biggest Loser competition is the best thing I've done for myself in a long time. Before I applied for the contest I had given up hope of ever getting in shape. I was accepting the fact that I would be big and out of shape for the rest of my life.

Somehow I made it onto the team and have totally surrendered to the trainers and their program. Luckily the trainers at LAC and The Physique Institute make this fun and challenging.

I wanted to quit after the first workout as it took me about 20 minutes just to catch my breath and get my heart rate down. The second workout it only took 10 minutes to wind down. The third workout I got wound down in just a few minutes. Hopefully tonight I will even be better.

They know my limits better than I do. If they see me giving less than I can during a workout they let me know in an encouraging way. This makes me step up and try harder. We also team up with a partner which makes the workouts more enjoyable and the time go by faster.

The other 5-6 days a week I am doing an hour on the treadmill at varying inclines to get my heart rate up. Two of the days are 45 minutes of weights and machines.

I am eating 1600-1700 calories a day of real food as has been prescribed by the trainers. I feel full and the food is more than enough. I have eaten out twice with my family but made sure to get a kids meal. Like Bob Scott says, "Portion Control is key."

I'm trying not to worry about total weight loss right now. I feel better and that's the greatest part of this whole thing.

The first two weeks I lost a total of 13 pounds. I started the third week strong and was told to actually take a day off as my body needed a rest. I took a day off but was finding for the treadmill. There is a first time for everything. I cannot believe how much better I feel on a daily basis. If I can do this, anyone can.