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Posted: May 06, 2008

Something’s up. It seems like everyone’s expectations are higher than they used to be. Don’t get me wrong—I’m still proud of how everyone did in Biggest Loser “1” and “2”, but there was a difference between the first two groups and the third one. Group 3 raised the bar pretty high.

It was a tough act to follow, but after two weeks, I think this group can do it again. The top ten people have lost 14.4, 13.8, 13.2, 13.0,12.6, 11.8, 11.6, 11.0, 10.2, and 9.4 lbs respectively. That’s an average weight loss of more than 6 pounds a week!

To put that in perspective, the top three losers from last time, Chris, Bill and Joe (56.5 lbs, 52.5 lbs, 49.5 lbs) averaged “just” 4.4 lbs a week over the 12 weeks. Our top ten so far are averaging almost 2 pounds a week more. Of course, it’s just week two, and a lot of things can happen in the next ten weeks.

But it begs the question, “Why are these guys and gals losing so much more weight than those who have gone before?” I’d like to say it’s me, the program, the advice, etc…, but I don’t think so. I think what’s happening is that people are seeing other people do it, and they get inspired.

They see other people, just like them, having success and it turns something on inside them. They start to get a belief that “if they can do it, maybe I can do it.” It gives you hope, and hope is a powerful thing. It’s also powerful when you start believing in yourself—when you’re willing to take a chance.

I’m seeing people that have tried for years to make a change, actually doing it this time, and that’s a great thing. I remember when it was like pulling teeth trying to get some of them to the gym. Now I’m seeing them on weekends, working out at odd hours, doing whatever it takes to get it done.

Something else that seems to be working is the group dynamic. There’s great power in numbers. It takes on a momentum of its own. That’s why if you want to be successful it always helps to get around successful people. Something rubs off.

I was so impressed with this group on Friday. First of all, over 60 of them showed up, and this after last week’s workout. I deliberately make it tough—they were sore afterward. It’s a proving ground. They need to learn that they can take it, and apparently they did.

They didn’t even blink when I asked them to run (or walk/run) down to the park at the corner of Main & Jasper. We all went right down Main St. and we all did 3 sets of 20 squats, 20 pushups, and 20 sit-ups. We did planks, burpees, and even sumo wrestling right there in front of God and everyone.

If they cared if anyone saw them, they didn’t let on, and that’s what it takes. You can’t worry about what other people think. You have to focus on the goal and do it. At some point, I’m sure they all realized that they still have to make it back the eight or nine blocks too. This group can take it and come back for more.

These first two weeks, it’s been about getting them moving, and learning what their minimum was—the minimum number of calories they need to eat. Next week, their goal is to turn up the intensity on the machines, to push the cardio a little harder, and to start recording what they eat so they can see where they stand. Then, we’re going to talk about how to start eating better, too.

Our Biggest Loser for Week Two was Ed Motley, who lost 3.0% of his body weight and an amazing 7.0 lbs. He received a $25 gift card from Dimond Brothers Insurance for all his hard work.

Ed was followed by (surprise) Stidham again who lost 2.6% of his body weight and 4.8 lbs. Joe also hit another amazing milestone. You recall he won the last contest by losing 49.5 lbs. He also reached his long-term goal of losing 100 pounds, that very morning! That’s like the folks on TV!

3rd Place was claimed by Tracy Rush, who lost 2.4% of his body weight and 5.6 lbs. Tracy is our pounds leader, having lost an incredible 14.4 lbs in the two weeks!

Look. These guys and gals are normal people who we all know. They’re doing it. You can too. Don’t let this chance slip away. Take their energy and momentum and claim it for your own, too. Get around them. See what they’re doing. Start doing it yourself.

Things are shaping up to be quite a contest around here. They can shape up for you too!