It's Halloween. It's over. Last photo of my scale and my stanky toes has been taken. 3 months ago I had my official mid-life crisis moment after my wifes' cousin Carter thoroughly kicked my arse in basketball, and the reality of how grotesquely fat and out of shape I was hit me like a tornado. (http://originalretrobrand.com/blog/?p=502) It truly was a defining moment in my life.
I was in a hurry to get to the gym that fateful night, and quickly grabbed the shirt I would change into when I got there out of my closet. I was disgusted when I put on my favorite Original Retro Brand Georgia Bulldogs shirt. It was not nice and loose like when I purchased it 4 years earlier. It was a chore to get it on my blubbery, pear shaped, obese frame, and I could barely breathe it was so tight....of course I could barely breathe after Carter ran around, over, behind, upside down, and everywhere else in crushing me on the basketball court.
That was it. I wanted my life back. For my son, for my wife, and for my BULLDOGS SHIRT! I decided I would mix business with pleasure to help motivate myself back into shape. Thus the "Fight For the Fit Challenge" was born. So with my bosses blessing, and as most of you reading this know, a FREE Original Retro Brand shirt was given out the past 13 weeks to the customer who came closest to guessing my weight. My goal was to lose 30 lbs in 3 months. 244 down to 214. I figured putting myself in front of an audience would motivate me (and my stomach) to not embarrass myself by not losing the weight. I also wanted people to know how strongly I do believe in the product I REALLY DO WEAR AND LOVE (I think I have about 150 Original Retro Brand shirts in my closet and that is not enough!). I ran, played basketball, baseball, soccer, lifted weights, and even swam in my Original Retro Brand shirts the past 3 months, and they did not shrink, nor did the logo's fade after dozens of spin cycles. They remain as soft and as comfortable as when I originally got them. And now they fit me again....
Yes, I am proud to say that while I did not lose all 30lbs, I did see the scale say 219 lbs, and that is a sight I have not seen in 27 years.
And after I EAT A FEAST OF FAST FOOD today, and overdose on my sons Halloween candy, I fully intend of getting back in the gym and losing that last pesky 5lbs. I've had brief (very brief) moments of losing 5-10lbs in the past, and have always gained them back quickly and then some. I guess I am like any addict when it comes to food, and realize I could always overdose at any time. This time, however, I really think I can make it last. I feel better, have more energy, and enjoy playing basketball without having to call an ambulance when I'm done. Beating Carter on occasion feels good too!
The winner of the final weigh-in has won TWO Original Retro Brand shirts and a bodybugg from 24HR Fitness ($250 value!). As I've mentioned many times, the bodybugg is an amazing motivational tool that I used (and will continue to use) during the challenge. The revolutionary new bodybugg makes it easy to manage the calories you consume and burn so you always stay in control of your weight. Thanks again to 24HR Fitness for donating the bugg to me for the challenge. Now to the final winner......There were 3 customers who guessed I would weigh in at 219lbs. Thus I had to pick the winner from an Original Retro Brand hat. And the winner is Conor Cameron from Glenview, Illinois. Conor was already notified, and has chosen a Georgia Tech, and a Northwestern shirt for his prizes.
Now that the contest is over, there is one important thing I must admit to. I have been telling a lie. NO, I really did lose 25 lbs. No, the lie is that I've been saying that today was the last chance to win a FREE original Retro Brand tee shirt. The truth of the matter is that the Original Retro Brand will begin a NEW
contest next Monday that will allow you an opportunity to win a FREE shirt every week AGAIN! As long as there are 52 weeks in a year, your chance to win a FREE Original Retro Brand tee every week will be possible! So be sure to check in next Monday, and every Monday to find out how YOU can win!
A final thanks to all of the folks who gave me words of encouragement throughout this entire process. Thanks to Carter Deems for being my basketball buddy. Thanks to Kevin Whitlark for his accurate cartoon renderings (onalark.com). Thanks to the 77 people who voted for me in the poll. And to the 20 people who voted against me? Congratulations...you were right (except I didn't eat one twinkie the entire time. I think I'll get one today).
$5 was donated each day of the challenge to the American Cancer Society's Relay for life. Please check them out and give if you can - I believe it's a great cause.