The Biggest Loser Week 7

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The Biggest Loser Week 7

Continuing my updates for my local gym's The Biggest Loser competition, here's Week #7.

Week 1 (Jan 14th) - weighed in at 198lbs (original weight)
Week 2 (Jan 21st) - weighed in at 189lbs (-9 lbs)
Week 3 (Jan 28th) - weighted in at 189lbs (0 change)
Week 4 (Feb 4th) - weighed in at 186lbs (-3 lbs)
Week 5 (Feb 11th) - weighed in at 186lbs (0 change)
Week 6 (Feb 18th) - weighed in at 184lbs (-2 lbs).
Week 7 (Feb 25th) - weighed in at 183lbs (-1 lbs).

My weight loss has slowed down with just 6 more weeks to go. The good news is that I've lost 15lbs with a fantastic 7.57% weight loss. The even better news is that I'm currently in 1st place for the Biggest Loser competition with 15 total competitors. My wife is actually in 2nd place. Guess the Keating family is kicking some serious butt!

Now for the bad news. I injured my right shoulder about 8 days ago and haven't been able to do much upper body weight training. I think I would be down another 3lbs if not for my shoulder. I'm sure my wife would tell me to stop complaining since I'm in 1st place. I love competition and the thrill of victory but more importantly, when I set me mind to something I just want to do the very best I can regardless if I am competing against others. Part of it is pride, part of it is stubbornness, and part of it is ego.

On top of it all, I caught a nasty cold this week. I woke up this morning and my ears were clogged from the congestion. I took a shot of NyQuil and headed off to my 7:30am morning training session with just a granola bar in my stomach. I usually work out at night but I wanted to work with this particular trainer and she could only do early mornings.

The trainer warned me that people that aren't used to working out in the mornings can feel light-headed. I thought to myself "Me? Light-headed? Bah! I've never felt light-headed in my life from a gym workout. Only girlie men get light-headed". Well, word to the wise - when you take a shot of NyQuil on an empty stomach, you have a cold, then run 6.5mph for 5 minutes and then have a trainer push you to your limit, you are going to feel light-headed.

I was in the middle of doing a drop set exercise when I couldn't lift the weights and was struggling way more than I should have. Trainer looks at me and says "Are you feeling ok? You look very pale". I told her I was fine, but could understand why I couldn't life the weights since they were very light. My stubbornness and never give up mentality was pushing me way beyond mere mortals. Ok, off the ego trip. So anyway, I started to feel light-headed, told her I just needed a second and she then asked if I wanted a Gatorade, which I accepted. By the time she got back, she said "You are very pale. I think you need to lay down." So I swallowed my Irish pride and laid down with my feet up for 5 minutes. The trainer says this happens all the time with people that aren't used to working out in the morning. Still, my ego was a little bruised. I told her about the shot of NyQuil and she said "No wonder why you're light-headed. Working out will increase the speed of the absorption and you have a head cold." After my 5 min break from my continuous circuit training, I got back on the machine. She asked me if I wanted to skip the last set and I told her no. I always finish what I start. I'm hearing Ronald Reagan saying in my ear, "There you go again - with that ego of yours."

Anyway, even with the injury I'm hoping to lose at least 1lb per week. I may have a few 0 weight changes, but I'm hoping to never have a weight gain. Wish me luck! And now back to your regularly scheduled program of VoIP & gadget news!

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