Many readers of this blog will be aware of the weight-loss challenge I undertook in January – to lose 4 kilograms.
A lot was on the line. I updated my daily weight loss page, and even the Guardian took an interest, publishing a story I wrote about the challenge.
So it is with pleasure that I announce that the challenge has been successfully completed. I had to get from 78.5 kg to 74.5 kg, and I surpassed the goal.
The blue bars represent my daily food intake in KJ. I averaged just under 8000, a big discount on my real-life intake of probably closer to 12000-15000. There was plenty of cycling, walking and strength exercises during the month too. But of course it was easier to lose the first few kilos than the last few. And the peaks of the blue lines toward the end show that superhuman feats of self-control are hard to keep up, especially on Australia Day.
The use of the Motoring Enthusiasts Party as a motivator was a spectacular success, the only downside perhaps being a commentator on the Guardian Piece who wrote:
“I pledge to give $2,000 to the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party if Jason Murphy looses weight this month.”
Nevertheless, his pledge did not impede me and I trust his cheque has already arrived at AMEP HQ.
Now the challenge is to not put the weight back on. To that end I make another pledge. To weigh less than 74 kg (i.e. my current weight) at the end of February. I will put $100 on the line this time and I open up the comments section to suggestions on who the money should be kept from…