Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Congratulations Ed!

Ed Oakes, Jr. Winner of the 2010 "Dr. Lou's Weight Loss Challenge" collecting his check for $2,050. Ed lost over 19% of his body weight and completely transformed his body and lifestyle.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Challenges, Sportsmanship and Adulthood.

Dr. Lou's Weight loss Challenge is a competition. For some it is a competition with themselves, for some with the other participants. Either way as adults we should accept responsibility for our performance. Being a competition, there will be winners and losers. Just like in kindergarten kick ball games, one team won, the other lost. We learned back then to enjoy the game, have fun and if you lose, try harder next time. Shake the hands of the members of the other team and say "good game". I have received a few correspondences that have been rather shocking. Grown adults disappointed that they did not win and blaming everyone but themselves. The winner was the winner because he did the best job. I understand that everyone tried really hard but the winner is not chosen based on effort, the winner is chosen based on results. Try harder next time. The results were close. There were a number of people within ten pounds of winning or an extra couple trips to the gym each week.

Here is my recommendation. Win next year. Have a great attitude and recognize that losing weight and getting in shape adds years to your life and will save you tens of thousands of dollars over the course of your life. I understand that many of you wanted to win the money. The $2k pales in comparison to the money you'll save on healthcare. Those of you who weighed in last Friday did incredible jobs. I am sorry that not everyone can win money, but you all won if you think about the positive changes that took place over the past three months.

I put on this challenge every year to help people. Just to help people. As we were told as children, "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." If the idea of not winning is too crushing a concept for you to handle, choose another reason to compete, like getting healthy or don't compete at all.

I sincerely regret if you were one of the folks who feels that the results were not fair or cannot find any good that has come out of the process for you. But the numbers don't lie and neither do the pictures.

The majority of you had wonderful attitudes and I thank you for your sportsmanship and commitment to the cause, not the money.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

2010 TOP TEN

1. Ed Oakes Jr. lost 19.05%
2. Susan Maxwell lost 17.22%
3. Ray Ross lost 17.03 %
4. Kevin Megin lost 16.57%
5. Michelle Ritcheson lost 16.23 %
6. Scot Seltzer lost 14%
7. Jeff Ball lost 12.55%
8. Angela Oakes lost 12.22%
9. Eric Elias lost 11.76%
10. Elizabeth Burke lost 10.33%



And The Winner is......

The winner of Dr. Lou's 2010 weight loss challenge is Ed Oakes Jr.!

Ed lost over 50 lbs and over 19% of his total starting body weight.

Like winners of the past, Ed undeniably won both categories to secure the entirety of the winnings.

I would like to thank and congratulate all of the participants in this years challenge. You all did an amazing job. Stay tuned for pictures, a list of the top 10 finishers and other exciting news!

Friday, April 2, 2010

And the winner.......

.........The winner will be called tomorrow morning at 10 am sharp.

Great work all of you! I was impressed beyond words with your results.


We finished weighing the record number of people who showed up to weigh out at 1pm. I've never been as impressed as I am this year. I was blown away by people's results. Everyone that weighed out clearly tried very hard and the effort put in, paid off.

The top 5 finishers lost a total of 226.6 lbs.

The top 10 finishers lost a total of 377.4 lbs.

There are six pack abs that are no longer hidden and single chins where once there were three.

Most people had to bring a change of clothes because their weigh in clothes were falling off their bones.

The winner has not yet been determined but they will be contacted as soon as the numbers are done being calculated this evening.

Great work everybody!